We’re thrilled to announce the grantees for our Spring 2019 A to Z Fund grants. Each one of these projects will support Oakland students to dream bigger and explore possibilities they might not have imagined otherwise.


If you made a donation to our A to Z Fund this year, thank you! You not only made these grants possible, you helped us increase the amount awarded by 50%! Altogether, we granted nearly $76,000 this spring to fund 61 school projects and teacher training opportunities.


We look forward to sharing stories from each grantee in our emails and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. New to the A to Z Fund? Learn more here.

General Grantees


  • Alliance Academy: painting supplies to use math and art for campus beautification
  • Ascend: ingredients for student use in “Top Chef ASCEND” competition
  • Aspire College Academy: bring SF Opera to campus for assemblies and singing workshops
  • Bella Vista Elementary School: bring a visiting artist to lead an art project with inclusion and gen. ed students
  • Bridges Academy at Melrose: take fourth graders on a field trip to Angel Island Immigration Station
  • Burbank Preschool Center: furniture, books, and other supplies, to make the Diagnostic Center waiting area more welcoming
  • Castlemont High School: purchase IXL classroom license to support math learning for newcomer students
  • Castlemont High School: take students on field trip to Alcatraz Island to complement U.S. and local history classwork
  • Castlemont High School: supplies for Student of the Month celebration
  • East Oakland Pride Elementary School: balls, jump ropes, and other play equipment for student use at recess
  • Emerson Elementary School: new Listening Center Book Sets for students in Autism SDC class
  • Emerson Elementary School: SF Ferry Building field trip for 3rd-5th grade inclusion students
  • Emerson Elementary School: hula hoops, cones, and other sports equipment for student use during PE
  • English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement: bus passes for newcomer students to reduce barriers to attendance
  • Envision Academy of Arts & Technology: field trip to Oakland Museum’s “Questbridge: Black Males” exhibit for students who identify as Black males
  • Esperanza Elementary School: Ozobot EVO robots for Parents and Children Coding Together project
  • Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy: student collaborative campus mural project with artist Pancho Pescador
  • Fremont High School: field trip for SpEd students to visit Chabot Space & Science Center
  • Fruitvale Elementary School: field trip to Oakland Zoo for families in Family Literacy class
  • Garfield Elementary School: sensory and social regulation materials for special day class students
  • Glenview Elementary School: art supplies for third graders and kindergarteners to collaborate on cross-grade art projects
  • Grass Valley Elementary School: Wiig Assessment of Basic Concepts English testing kits to support IEP implementation
  • Greenleaf Elementary School: transportation for first grade field trips to Tilden Park and the Exploratorium
  • Hoover Elementary School: supplies for year-end field day and social, and yearbooks for graduating 5th-graders
  • Horace Mann Elementary: materials for hosting new Family Math Night and Family Science Night events
  • Howard Elementary School: leveled books and materials for first-graders to grow reading skills in small groups and at home
  • International Community Elementary School: supplies to paint a science-focused mural outside kindergarten classroom
  • International Community Elementary School: transportation for fourth-graders to week-long MOSAIC camp in Santa Cruz
  • Life Academy: campsite reservations for student bicycle tour exploring climate and environmental science from Arcata to Oakland
  • Lighthouse Community Charter School: agar petri dishes and other materials for middle schoolers study of microbiology
  • Lincoln Elementary School: class sets of Lucky Caulkins books for fourth-grade students
  • Madison Park Academy Primary: plants, tools, and other equipment for creation of school garden by SpEd students
  • Markham Elementary School: frisbees, soccer balls, and other play equipment for student use during PE
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary: timers, blankets, and other behavioral and sensory tools for student use
  • MetWest High School: field trip to Oakland Athletics’ Sports Career Education Day
  • Montera Middle School: wheelchair-accessible transport for Cal Academy of Science field trip
  • Oakland High School: cover cost of cheer camp for Oakland High Cheerleaders
  • Oakland SOL: sixth-grade field trip to Oakland Museum of California “Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline” exhibit
  • Oakland Unity High School: supplies for social justice writing workshops and publication of student zine
  • Parker Elementary School: middle school Discovery Voyage Expedition of the Bay field trip
  • Piedmont Avenue Elementary: purchase microscopes for school science lab
  • Place@Prescott: supplies to create outdoor library area in early childhood nature yard
  • Roosevelt Middle School: chemistry kits, terrarium materials, art and other supplies to add interactivity to curriculum
  • Rudsdale Continuation School: music equipment and supplies to create mural in healing space for newcomer students
  • Rudsdale Continuation School: multi-day camping and volunteering trip in Yosemite National Park for newcomer students
  • Sequoia Elementary School: markers, journals, and book storage for kindergarten literacy support
  • Skyline High School: design and production of T-shirts to promote Calculus classes
  • Urban Montessori Charter School: sports equipment for student use in PE classes
  • Urban Promise Academy: send middle school social justice club to present at Harvard University Alumni of Color conference
  • Westlake Middle School: transportation for eighth-grade college tour

Past A to Z Fund Grantees (clockwise from top): Bret Harte newcomer students at Angel Island State Park Immigration Station Museum, Sojourner Truth Independent Study students learn about ethnobotany at Leona Canyon, Garfield Elementary students explore sustainable agriculture and cooking at the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Professional Development Grantees


  • Community Day School (6-12): attend Buck Institute Project Based Learning training
  • Envision Academy of Arts & Technology: attend Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice conference
  • Franklin Elementary School: attend Curricular Progressions at Luna Dance Institute
  • Fremont High School: students and teachers attend California Association of Student Leaders conference
  • Lazear Academy: group attendance at Free Minds Free People Conference
  • Learning Without Limits: attend Handwriting Without Tears workshops
  • Office of Equity: host Maestr@s Community of Practice events to develop and retain Latinx teachers
  • Parker Elementary School: group attendance at 2019 Kindergarten Conference
  • Think College Now: all-staff Teacher Sustainability & Wellness training with The Teaching Well
  • Urban Montessori Charter School: attend Non-medication Approaches to Challenging Behaviors training
  • Urban Montessori Charter School: attend California Speech-Language Hearing Association convention