Inquiry-Driven, Child-Inspired & Arts-Based
IC Community is a Spanish-bilingual school in Oakland with an innovative approach to education At the heart of our school is our belief that all children are creative, intelligent, contributing members of our society who are curious and motivated to learn.
Our school year is divided into broad inquiry themes that students will consider from different perspectives. We believe that children learn best when they are actively engaged in challenging projects that take as inspiration their interests, questions, and curiosity about each inquiry theme.
As a Reggio-inspired school, our students will learn to collaborate with their peers to co-construct new theories and ideas as they negotiate each inquiry project. In addition to learning to engage in meaningful conversations, we believe that becoming adept at using a broad spectrum of symbolic languagues - such as drawing, writing, drama, sculpture, and dance - supports our children in expressing their ideas, uncovering new perspectives, and collaborating with others.
Honoring Community, Culture and Identity
We believe that children deserve to learn in a school community that supports the identity of each child and provides a safe place for all children to explore the rich and multifacited histories and cultures within our larger community in an honest and sensitive manner. Our school will be intentionally small with the mission that each child feel seen and supported by the entire community. We are looking for families who share our commitment to social justice and who are ready to come as allies to all of our children.
Working Together to Create a Public Charter
Our school's community has decided that working towards creating a public charter is the best way to bring our educational vision to its intended community here in Oakland. You can find out all about RIOS (Reggio Inspired Oakland School) Bilingual Academy at the following website: riosbilingualacademy.org.
IC Community's Programs for the 2015-16 School Year
In the 2015-2016 school year we will offer a preschool program within a family daycare setting. This program will continue even as most of our community transitions into opening the charter. Next school year we will also offer a TK/K class and 1/2 grade class. Each class will have a maximum of 12 students with 2 teachers. This will also occur in a family daycare setting, but in coordination with a local charter for homeschooling families as we are not a registered independent school. The teachers in the elementary program all have Bachelors degrees and teaching experience, while the academics will be lead by our director who holds a Master of Arts in Education, BCLAD teaching credential and 12+ years of teaching experience. This will be the last year for IC's elementary school program as most of our teachers and families will be applying to transfer to RIOS Bilingual Academy once it is approved.