Each school has their own individual culture which makes them different. The structure, the environment and the dedication surrounding  each student on a daily basis are some of the ingredients that build them up to be superb adults. Every school in the Schools That Can network has their own effective practice that secures their students with a quality education.

Civicorps Academy is a high school in Oakland, CA focused on helping young men and women aged 18 – 24 achieve a high school diploma as well as job training. Students who come to their doors may have had difficult experiences that kept them from obtaining success. But Civicorps is dedicated to helping them get there. The school has a Learning Academy, a Job Training Center and more to push their students to their goals.

Learning Academy

The first phase of the Corpsmember Academy involves 4 months of attending classes Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Upon successful completion of the Learning Academy corpsmembers are eligible to join our Environmental Stewardship Program at the Job Training Center.

Successful completion includes: excellent daily attendance, positive attitude, class participation and completion of all class assignments.

Job Training Center

Corpsmembers in the Environmental Stewardship Program are assigned to crews and work on public service projects 32 hours per week 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and attend classes in the evenings twice a week from 4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fridays involve educational activities from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Paid job training is conducted through project work which is physically demanding, requires team work and involves the use of hand and power tools on environmental conservation tasks.

Crews work on public service projects developed through our partnerships with sponsors such as East Bay Regional Park District, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Alameda County Flood Control District, Caltrans, City of Berkeley, City of Oakland and Port of Oakland.

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