Aligned with Head-Royce School’s core tenets of Scholarship, Diversity, and Citizenship, the mission of Heads Up is to provide first-generation college bound students of color from Oakland public schools with challenging and enriching programming to cultivate socially responsible leaders. 


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An Amazing Adventure

All of it, every single moment at Heads Up, is just an amazing adventure and I wouldn't trade it for anything else. - Heads Up 8th grader

A Commitment to Consistency

My favorite assignment in this class was the morning worksheets because on each one I got to see how I improved and what I did wrong. That was how I earned higher scores. - Heads Up 6th grader


Deep Community and Limitless Opportunity

Many people expect summer programs to be boring, especially if it is academically-based, however, the experience was completely different with Heads Up. I would say the Heads Up 'special ingredient' is the community and opportunities––making everlasting bonds with my peers and mentors, while exploring subjects and experiences I never had before.- Heads Up Alum '19


What's Happening

By the Numbers


students from low-income homes


complete the program


read at or above grade level


of students felt prepared for academic coursework at their OUSD school upon completion of the first year of the Summer Program


average GPA


first-generation college-bound students