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"Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our core values help learners develop beyond academics into engaged citizens, productive and responsible people, and active lifelong learners. At all levels we teach, emphasize, model and celebrate the Nine Nea Principles.


This principle (and others outlined below) comes from the West African wisdom tradition and is encapsulated in a graphic symbol, known as an Adinkra.

The Nea Adinkra for which our school is named derives from the saying:

NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU  =  "One who does not know can know from learning."


Each month, a Nea Principle, represented by an Adinkra symbol, is embedded and interwoven throughout the program (click headings below to reveal each month's adinkra and corresponding meaning)

Curiosity (September)

We use Curiosity to:

  • Help clarify problems, ideas, and situations
  • Actively explore the environment, ask questions and investigate possibilities
  • Demonstrate deep understanding beyond surface knowledge and learn more because of the desire to know more

Organization (October)

We use Organization to: 

  • Select and apply appropriate technology to the task
  • Effectively use technology to critically gather information
  • Choose appropriate technology to communicate ideas
  • Participate in decisions that effect the learning experience
  • Effectively organize and manage time and tasks

Persistence (November)

We use Persistence to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain action regardless of the challenges in reaching goals.
  • Engage in effective self-reflection, assessment and revision of actions and products

December (Compassion)

We use Compassion to:

  • Develop and apply keen awareness of the interdependence of all things
  • Exercise leadership and work with diversity
  • Help others learn
  • Give back to the community and recognize the needs of others 

Accountability (January)

We use Accountability to:

  • Achieve subject matter competency
  • Succeed on traditional assessment measures
  • Produce high quality projects for a variety of audiences 

Problem Solving (February)

We use Problem Solving to:

  • Overcome obstacles and find a solution that best resolves the problem
  • Organize knowledge and develop strategies to correctly solve a problem
  • Evaluate results to determine best possible solutions to the problem. 

Courage (March)

We use Courage to:

  • Exceed AUSD graduation standards
  • Generate new ideas and dreams and plan for the future
  • Successfully meet college entrance and/or career path requirements 

Teamwork (April)

We use Teamwork to:

  • Function in various group roles
  • Contribute cooperatively to a group effort
  • Take ownership and responsibility for the well-being of the community
  • Participate in the democratic process, including judicial and governance

Integrity (May)

We use Integrity to:

  • Demonstrate consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes
  • Demonstrate honesty, truthfulness and accuracy in our actions
  • Take ownership and responsibility for the well-being of the community and ourselves 

Reflection of the 9 Nea Principles (June)

As the school year wraps up, we use this opportunity to look back on the Nine Nea Principles and evaluate how well we have integrated them into our behavior and practices.

We take pride in those we have applied successfully and pledge to do better on those we must continue to work on. We are all striving to do better each day!

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Lower Village (K-5)
Upper Village (6-12)

1900 Third St
Alameda CA 94501

Ph: (510) 748-4008
Fax: (510) 864-4281


Lead Facilitators:

Jana Chabre (Lower Village)

Tyesha Day (Upper Village)


School Office:

Becky Freeman

Mary McKee

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