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, under-resourced students of color enrolled in the Oakland Unified School District. Admissions to the Heads Up program open in the Fall each year, and all current sixth grade students are welcome to apply.

Are you eligible for Heads Up? 

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

  • Current 6th grade student

  • Attends an Oakland Unified School District public or charter school

  • Approaching (2), proficient (3), and/or advanced (4) in all components of 6th grade report card

  • First-generation college-going student of color

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


Income Guidelines

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:
















Program Details 

Dates: June 17, 2024 – July 12, 2024

Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Format: Monday through Friday


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!