Aim High launched its fifth East Bay campus this summer at Westlake Middle School in Oakland. Oakland educators Erica Bryant and Moses Omoade co-led the campus, which came to life with 60 eager students and a dedicated staff.
Erica is an 11th-grade humanities teacher and instructional coach at Alternatives in Action, a charter school in East Oakland. She has worked at Aim High’s other East Bay campuses over the last three summers. Moses is a Community Schools Program Manager for Oakland Unified Schools District at Westlake Middle School and was instrumental in staffing this new Aim Hgh site with current Westlake faculty. In fact, Aim High’s campus at Westlake Middle School boasted the highest number of staff members who also teach there during the school year, which is critical for developing strong and lasting bonds between students and educators. Moses and Erica’s combined professional experience ensured a strong partnership and site launch. We are grateful to have them on board as ambassadors of the Aim High magic!
The Aim High Westlake Middle School campus was made possible with the support of the William H. Donner Foundation, Lampert/Byrd Foundation, Quest Foundation, Rogers Family Foundation, Salesforce and the Irene S. Scully Foundation. We appreciate their vision and generosity in making this new site a reality.
At Aim High, the expectation is that everyone will succeed, and everyone is capable of doing their best, which looks different for each student. We always tell our students, ‘You will give us your best effort in the classroom or during activities. You will step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You will show us that you have a brain that’s working, because you do.’Erica Bryant
I see community displayed everywhere at Aim High; in our classrooms, during the morning and closing circle. I see kids opening up and acknowledging one another. It’s nice to hear a student say, ‘I appreciate you.’Moses Omoade