The Partners Program

The Partners Program provides transformative programs that bolster academic achievement and improve access to educational opportunities and resources for hard-working, underserved Oakland public middle school students. To do this, we bring middle school students together with trained high school and college mentors, with the goal of furthering educational equity and success for all.
During the school year and in the summer, our teachers, college interns, and high school mentors partner with middle school students to give them the tools and scaffolding to support them on their road to a college education. Each summer, 100 students in the 7th through 9th grades gather on the College Prep campus for our academic and enrichment program. During the school year, students who attend one of our OUSD middle school partners can also receive weekly tutoring. Our high school mentors make a significant impact in the lives of our middle school students and our students inspire their tutors with their enthusiasm and aspirations for learning.

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  • Photo of Samuel Beltran

    Samuel Beltran 

    Director, The Partners Program
  • Photo of Ashley Dates

    Ashley Dates 

    Partners Program Manager
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Arpad Molnar '87
Chair, The Partners Program

Monique DeVane
Head of School, The College Preparatory School

Nhat Bui '07
Vickie Gilliland
Rick Heller
Nancy Levin
Milton Long
Alton Nelson
Diana Staring
Rafi Syed '02

summer academy

Summer Academy is a full-day, 4-week experience in which scholars take daily classes in math, english, life skills, art, dance and coding, and have weekly clubs and field trips. Scholars participate in Summer Academy during the summer after their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years.

high school advising

In our HSA program, program staff works with scholars and their family to find the high school that will be the right fit. Staff will provide letters of recommendation, accompany families to high school visits, and assist with all application materials and financial aid applications.

academic year mentoring

AYM takes place once a week after school. In 7th grade, scholars are paired with a high school mentor to work on homework and study skills. We also use an adaptive online software to build academic skills. During their 8th grade year, scholars take classes in financial literacy and standardized test preparation.

Student Voices

Hear what our scholars and mentors have to say about their experience at Partners!

mens conscia recti

a mind aware of what is right