The mission of Oakland International High School is to provide quality alternative education for recently arrived immigrant students in English language acquisition and in preparation for college. Our diverse students become active participants in our community while learning in small groups through hands-on, interdisciplinary projects and collaboration.
Since Oakland International High School opened five years ago, our goal has been to offer our uniquely diverse students – 300 kids from 31 countries speaking 29 languages – every possible opportunity as they pursue diplomas, college, and careers.
Unfortunately, entering 2011-12 we face unprecedented resource challenges. Over the past three years, state cuts have reduced our budget by $1,128 per student– in a state that already ranks 47th in per-student funding. As we strive to best serve our kids – most newly arrived immigrants, many refugees, and all English-language learners – this reality is unacceptable. It moves us to action:
For every $7 you give, our principal will personally donate $1 until we reach our fundraising goal of $40,000.
We must raise this amount to fund our essential mental health, after-school sports,
and academic counseling programs (especially for our college-going seniors). If we don't, these programs will be eliminated.