Inquiry-Driven, Child-Inspired & Arts-Based
IC Community is a Spanish-bilingual learning community 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 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 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 learning community is intentionally small with the mission that each child feel deeply seen and supported. 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.