"Education is the passport to the future; tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."
Nea is a small, dynamic and community-oriented tuition-free public charter school of over 500 learners (students) and 30 facilitators (teachers) in grades K-12. We serve a diverse population of learners from all over the island of Alameda and beyond.
Nea is a K-12 program that values and promotes active and exploratory learning through a project-based curriculum. Nea is a comprehensive experience in educational excellence that supports learners on a journey of self-discovery through the various stages of development in elementary, middle and high school.
Nea's Lower Village (LV) is our Kindergarten through 5th grade learning community, where we plant the seeds that grow the strong roots of lifelong and independent learning.
Our California standards-based curriculum is enhanced by aspects like:
The Nine Nea Principles — Internalizing these core values helps learners develop beyond academics into engaged citizens, productive and responsible people, and active and lifelong learners.
Project-based Learning — Experiential learning provides clear benefits like increased critical thinking skills, greater problem-solving abilities, deeper understanding, better preparation for higher education and real work situations, more developed collaborative skills, and greater interest (because it's fun)!
Proven STEAM Curriculum — Grades 3-5 feature Nea's proven STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Curriculum with an emphasis on hands-on learning and real world applications.
Rotations — Grades 3-5 feature rotations that provide older elementary learners with more variety in teaching, greater subject depth and better preparation for middle school.
Full Day Kindergarten — Nea's developmentally-appropriate full day program from 8 a.m - 3 p.m. (8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays).
No Homework Policy — There is no homework in Nea's elementary school (LV) program so children can take full advantage of after school activities and families can enjoy time together outside of school.
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Nea's Upper Village (UV) is our middle and high school learning community where the seeds planted and nourished in the Lower Village bloom and flourish.
Our California Common Core standards-based middle school and rigorous high school curriculum is enhanced by aspects like:
The Tree — In the Upper Village, learners utilize the "Tree," Nea's unique community learning space. In the Tree, learners can work independently or on a group project, read a book, research on a laptop, play chess, draw or simply think. Tree periods help teach learners how to manage time effectively, establish and maintain work priorities, operate independently and collaboratively, and experience community.
Middle School — Middle school learners learn to master California Common Core academic courses like Math, Science, Humanities and PE, required Art or Music electives, and a variety of general Elective courses to choose from.
Middle school learners must also complete 20 hours of community service hours each year.
High School — High school learners are challenged by a UC-admissions-based and Common Core curriculum featuring Math, Lab Sciences, English, History, Humanities, Economics, Government, Language (other than English), Visual or Performing Arts Elective, Current Life, PE, and general choice Electives.
In addition to 80 hours of community service, high school learners must also complete one semester-long college course, an Internship, a Senior Project and a Senior Portfolio.
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