The Partners Program


Since its founding in 1986, The Partners Program has instilled in Oakland middle school students a joy of learning, helped those students gain an understanding of educational opportunities that are available to them, and equipped them with the skills, self-discipline and resources needed to realize these goals.
Partners works for students for three years, beginning the summer after their 6th grade year until the summer before they enter high school. The Partners Program consists of three distinct components: the Summer Academy (SA), Academic Year Mentoring (AYM), and the High School Advising program (HSA). All programs are free for the family.

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  • Summer Academy

    The Summer Academy is a tuition-free four-week program that takes place on The College Preparatory School campus in late June and the beginning of July. Over 90 rising 7th-rising 9th grade middle school students are taught by 11 professional teachers, 6 college interns, and 30 high school mentors from 8:45am-3:45pm. Students take daily classes in math, English, art and dance, and enjoy weekly clubs and field trips. 

    Applications for The Partners Program 2019 Summer Academy are now closed. Please check back in mid-November for 2020 Summer Academy applications! Feel free to call or email Shelby Meyer Margolin with any questions:; 510.652.2260
  • Academic Year Mentoring

    The Academic Year Mentoring program (AYM) matches high school mentors 1-on-1 with middle school students to work on homework, test prep and life skills once weekly. Mentors travel to our two partner middle schools—KIPP Bridge, and Claremont—while students from other middle schools come to The College Preparatory campus for mentoring.. For more information, please email Shelby Margolin at
  • High School Advising

    The High School Advising (HSA) assists students in the 8th grade and their families to learn about high school options that are available to them. Students also have the opportunity to take a standardized test prep course to prepare for high school entrance exams. During the most recent application cycle, Program staff helped place thirty 8th grade students in eleven different high schools. Please email Samuel Beltran at with any questoins!

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