Alternatives in Action High School

Students in Oakland, California, have the option of attending the nation’s first-ever student-created high school.

Alternatives in Action High School was originally founded as The Bay Area School of Enterprise in 2001, when a group of students worked with adults to design, write, and submit a petition for a charter school to the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees. After a unanimous vote of approval, the school opened. The school’s Charter was subsequently renewed again by unanimous vote of the Alameda Unified School Board in 2006 and 2011.

Today, the school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The school serves a student body featuring ninety percent students of color coming from diverse economic, English language and learner backgrounds. They have created more than fifty social action projects. One hundred percent of the school’s graduates are eligible for college, and ninety two percent of students are the first in their family to go on to college. (Alternatives in Action High School, n.d.)


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Published by Adam Fletcher

Adam is the founding director of SoundOut. An author, speaker and consultant, he has worked with K-12 schools, districts, nonprofits and others for more than 15 years. Learn more about him at

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