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A Small, Inclusive School

Nea nurtures both a strong sense of self and a strong sense of community among its 615 elementary, middle and high schoolers. There are 40 to 55 learners per grade. Class sizes are small, ranging from 24 to 26 in elementary school and from 16 to 25 in most middle and high school classes.

Along with rigorous, project-based core classes and distinctive electives like philosophy, women's studies, and history through film, Nea learners participate in small group learning sessions--called Academies--on topics that they want to delve into more deeply or where they need extra support.

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Diverse by Design

Since its founding, Nea has prioritized diversity and inclusivity. Nea's inclusive culture attracts many multiracial families, with about 22% of Nea students identifying with more than one racial group. Additionally, about 18% identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, 16% as Black or African American, 14% as Latinx, 1% as Native American, and 30% as White.

About 60% of Nea learners are residents of the city of Alameda and 40% come from Oakland, San Leandro, and other East Bay cities. About 35% of students qualify for the free or reduced price meal program.

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Grades TK-5

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Nea's TK-5 learning community is known as Lower Village. Advantages of our Lower Village program include:

  • Full-day kindergarten
  • Experiential learning
  • Weekly art & music
  • Science every day
  • Multi-age collaboration
  • Electives like sewing, dance, lego robotics, chess, yoga & more
  • No elementary school homework

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Grades 6-8

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Nea's 6-8 learning community is known as Upper Village. Advantages of our Upper Village program include:

  • College-prep curriculum and support
  • Self-directed work time with skill-building and special interest academies
  • Middle school sports
  • College classes in high school
  • Focus on community participation and leadership across grade levels

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