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Oakland School for the Arts (OSA)

History
OSA was founded in 2000 via charter from the Oakland, Calif., Unified School District. Jerry Brown, the city’s former mayor, was a major political backer. The school opened in September, 2002.

Mission
To attract the most talented students in the San Francisco Bay area and provide them with world-class training in the visual and performing arts in addition to a rigorous academic program.

Size
OSA has more than 530 students in grades 6 through 12. Students seeking to enroll must undergo an audition.

Artistic Concentrations
Dance, arts management, digital media, instrumental music, literary arts, theater, visual arts and vocal music.

Results
About 90 percent of OSA graduates are accepted into four-year colleges. Despite the fact that grades are not submitted by students auditioning to enroll, OSA consistently ranks among the top 5 academic performing public secondary schools in Oakland.

Location
The school is housed in a restored and expanded historic building (63,000 sq. ft.) that wraps around the city’s downtown Fox Theater.

Source: Oakland School for the Arts

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