Our Program

The Nea Community Learning Center (Nea) is a tuition-free public charter school in Alameda.
We provide an innovative, experiential learning program to about 600 students in grades TK through 8.
Class sizes are small, ranging from 24 to 26 in elementary school and from 16 to 25 in most middle and high school classes. Our engaging learning environment creates lifelong learners and prepares them with vital life skills.

Our engaging, child-centered elementary school program promotes active and exploratory learning through a project-based curriculum that helps develop strong academic, intellectual and social emotional skills.

Our flexible, college-preparatory middle and high school programs build on the elementary school foundation with continued project-based learning, skill-building labs, thought-provoking electives and special interest academies that support each learner's journey of intellectual growth and self-discovery through graduation, to college, and beyond.

Nea logo which is the Adinkra symbol for lifelong learning

Grades TK-5

Nea Kindergarten child among classmates

Grades 6-8

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

More about Lower Village

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

Learn More about our Middle School Program

Learn More about our High School Program