Curriculum


At Oakland Unity High School:

  • Our curriculum allows every graduate to meet the University of California A-G requirements.
  • We provide small classes, with an average of 25 students per class.
  • A comprehensive support program provided through a partnership between the school, the families, and the community, assures that students have the support they need to focus on academic growth.
  • Learning experiences allow Unity students to achieve their leadership and academic potential and become creative critical thinkers, compassionate human beings, and effective participants in a multicultural democratic society.
  • Every student is assigned a teacher as an advisor when he/she enters Unity. For the student’s tenure at Unity, the teacher/advisor serves as the mentor and advocate for the student and guides him/her towards graduation and college admission.
  • Extensive college preparatory/counseling program for students and their families on academic requirements and financial assistance, and regular college visits beginning from 9th grade introducing and familiarizing Unity students to college life.
  • Unity’s “Habits of Mind and Heart” provide guiding principles for students, and integrate our educational philosophy throughout our curriculum.

Habits of Mind and Heart


Habits of Mind

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Think
  4. Collaborate
  5. Apply

Habits of Heart

  1. Responsibility
  2. Effort
  3. Confidence
  4. Care

A-G Courses


University of California Coursework Requirements

A. History/Social Science – 2 years required
Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government.

B. English – 4 years required
Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

C. Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended
Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.

D. Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that have biology, chemistry or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement, as may the final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects.

E. Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in languages other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

F. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year required
A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.

G. College-Preparatory Electives – 1 year required
One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-f” above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the “e” requirement or two years of another language).

Grade 9


Before entering the 9th grade, students are assessed on their academic preparedness and some are required to enroll in our summer program to ensure readiness and success in handling college-preparatory curriculum.

9th graders are expected to:

  • Successfully complete the state PE assessment

Typical Academic Schedule

  • English 9
  • Algebra A or Algebra 1 or Geometry
  • Cultural Geography
  • Biology 9
  • PE
  • Learning Lab

Courses offered at Unity will vary from semester to semester. Course descriptions, schedules and requirements will be published and available to families as early as possible or from individual instructors upon request.

Grade 10


10th graders are expected to:

  • Complete two (2) Career Exploration Activities
  • Complete two (2) College Exploration Activities
  • Develop or further pursue a College or Internship Action Plan
  • Take the PSAT and/or SAT exams
  • Take the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

Typical Academic Schedule:

  • English 10
  • Algebra B or Geometry or Algebra II
  • Modern World History
  • Chemistry or Conceptual Physics
  • PE
  • Foreign Language I

Courses offered at Unity will vary from semester to semester. Course descriptions, schedules and requirements will be published and available to families as early as possible or from individual instructors upon request.

Grade 11


11th graders are expected to:

  • Complete two (2) Career Exploration Activities
  • Complete two (2) College Exploration Activities
  • Develop or further pursue a College or Internship Action Plan
  • Take the PSAT and/or SAT exams
  • Take the State Exit Exam (CAHSEE) if not already passed

Typical Academic Schedule:

  • English 11
  • Advanced Algebra II or Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
  • U.S. History
  • Chemistry or Conceptual Physics
  • Creative or Performing Art
  • Foreign Language II

Courses offered at Unity will vary from semester to semester. Course descriptions, schedules and requirements will be published and available to families as early as possible or from individual instructors upon request.

Grade 12


Academic Requirements for Graduation:

In order to graduate, a student needs to have achieved the following by the end of 12th grade:

  • Completion of courses in required subjects
  • The minimum requirement for graduation is a GPA of 2.0 or more
  • Completion of a minimum of 20 hours of Service Learning
  • Completion of the Senior Project
  • Passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Students have several opportunities to take the test, beginning as early as the 10th grade. Once a student passes a section of the test, the section need not be taken again.

Typical Academic Schedule:

  • English 12
  • American Government/Economics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Calculus AB or Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
  • Foreign Language Honors or AP Foreign Language
  • College Prep

Courses offered at Unity will vary from semester to semester. Course descriptions, schedules and requirements will be published and available to families as early as possible or from individual instructors upon request.

EPA/LCFF


Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update Template

Learning Links


The following are links to additional academic resources used by our students.

Special Education


Special Education Programming at Oakland Unity High School

Unity offers special education services through the Resource Specialist Program. This program is possible in partnership with the Sonoma County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area). The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) is designed for students to fully participate in general education curriculum with support from the RS teaching staff. Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) are served through consultation by the RS teacher and general education teachers on appropriate modifications and accommodations that will provide students access to curriculum. Students with IEPs may also have opportunity to receive one on one assistance and instruction when necessary form Special Education staff. IEP meetings will be either held annually or as needed to review progress and incorporate family and parent perspective.

Unity implements a school wide system to identify students with special needs or learning disabilities through the Student Success Plan (SSP). General and special education staff work with families through small team meetings to first develop a support plan to assist academically struggling students Through focused action plans, SSP teams create strategies and system supports to address academic needs. At family and parent request, Unity provides extensive psycho-educational testing in order to determine if students have a learning disability and qualify for Special Education services under IDEA.

Unity welcomes students who require additional support through the 504 Plan. Students with a 504 Plan are provided with accommodations that allow access to the general education curriculum. Families with students with 504 Plans are met with annually to discuss progress and developing needs of each student.