If you are seeking a multi-year enrichment program that will challenge your student to excel academically, explore their interests, and step into their leadership, then Heads Up is the program for your family.

The Heads Up program provides tuition-free programming to first-generation, low-income students of color enrolled in the Oakland Unified School District. Admissions to the Heads Up program opens in the Spring each year. Current 5th grade students enrolled in OUSD elementary schools and planning to attend one of our partner schools (Edna Brewer, LIFE Academy, Roosevelt) in the fall, are welcome to apply.

Are you eligible for Heads Up? 

Eligibility (you must be able to respond yes to all of these)

  • Current fifth grade student.

  • Younger than 13 years old on August 1, 2020.

  • Will attend Edna Brewer Middle School, LIFE Academy, or Roosevelt Middle School Fall 2020. 

  • Approaching (2), proficient (3), and/or advanced (4) in all components of 5th grade report card.

  • First-Generation College-Going.

  • Family income meets the Heads Up Guidelines (see below).


If the number of people in your household is…

Then your family’s combined ANNUAL income must be less than this amount to be eligible for Heads Up:
















Are you a good fit? 

  • Do you demonstrate academic promise, resiliency, and a commitment to growth? 

  • Are you a strong leader who has compassion and empathy for your peers and community? 

  • Do you have strong family support that will ensure you’re able to fully participate in our program for four years? 

If you answered yes to these questions we want to hear from you! Check back in when our application goes live April 6!


Spring 2020 Admissions


Action Item

April 6

Heads Up Applications Available on our website

April 14

Site-based Application Workshop 

April 24

Applications Due (and all accompanying materials) 

April 25 - April 29

Application Review (schedule interviews)

Week of May 4

Partner site interviews

May 15

Decision Notification via email (send paper letters) 


Mandatory New Family Orientation; 9:00am-1:00pm (Head-Royce School Auditorium)

June 15 - July 10

Heads Up Summer Program; Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm