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Bay Area

Welcome to the Bay Area Region at Aspire Public Schools; home to 9 Aspire schools, serving over 4,000 students in Oakland, Richmond, and East Palo Alto. We invite you to discover more about our incredible teammates in each of our Bay Area schools.

Aspire Bay Area Regional Office
1001 22nd Avenue, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94606

2020-21 Key Dates for Aspire Bay Area Region

  • 1st day of School: August 10, 2020
  • Labor Day: September 7, 2020
  • Fall Break: October 7-9, 2020
  • Teacher Work Day – No Student Classes: October 12, 2020
  • Teacher Work Day – No Student Classes: October 13, 2020
  • Veteran’s Day: November 11, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 25-27, 2020
  • Winter Break: December 21, 2020 – January 8, 2021
  • Teacher Work Day – No Student Classes: January 11, 2021
  • Martin Luther King Day: January 18, 2021
  • Presidents Day: February 15, 2021
  • Spring Break: March 29 – April 9, 2021
  • Teacher Work Day – No Student Classes: April 9, 2021
  • Memorial Day: May 31, 2021
  • Last Day of School: June 11, 2021

Bay Area Leadership Team

Superintendent’s Message

It is both an honor and privilege to serve the Bay Area Region of Aspire Public Schools as the Bay Area Superintendent.  Our region is comprised of 11 schools, in three cities, serving more than 5000 students.  Each of our schools in Richmond, Oakland, and East Palo Alto is committed to “serving the whole child”.  This commitment is demonstrated in providing high quality instruction, strong social emotional curriculum and support, and enrichment both during and after the instructional day.

Aspire Public Schools’ vision of college for certain is our collective, and my personal commitment to all of our students, as we provide them with resources, skills, opportunities, and access to be prepared for college, post secondary success, and empathetic, and responsible citizens.

We know that our students are successful when our families are deeply involved in their children’s educational experiences.  We value partnering with our parents and members of our community so that our schools provide students with a foundation of lifelong success.

I am humbled to lead a dedicated, passionate, and hard working team of school leaders, teachers, classified staff, and regional leaders in this incredibly complex and rewarding responsibility of “serving the whole child” with love, empathy, grace, and skill.

With gratitude,

Nicole Williams Browning
Area Superintendent, Bay Area


Bay Area Students
Post-Secondary Matriculation Rate
# College Courses Passed Prior to HS Graduation (Class of '17)
Bay Area Teammates

Key Goals + Initiatives

  • Unify our team to more deeply implement a rigorous, TK-12 college-ready instructional program grounded in Common Core and NGSS
  • Use data cycles and systems to monitor progress at the school, classroom and student level with a focus on creating equitable outcomes for African-American students, English Learners and students receiving Special Education services
  • Strengthen school culture through deepening social emotional learning and a focus on interrupting chronic absenteeism
  • Dramatically increase college success for Aspire graduates through a data driven approach to college counseling
  • Implement consistent, data-driven operational practices and systems at the regional and school level so that leaders can increase their focus on instruction
  • Redefine regional and site leadership roles and responsibilities to strengthen our implementation and impact