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Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy

Winner! U.S. News & World Report Top 50 Best High Schools in the San Francisco Metro Area

Welcome to the Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy landing page!

Grades: 6-12
Sponsoring District: Oakland
CDS/Charter NumbersCDS: #01-61259-0130666 Charter: #465
Afterschool Program? Y


Student Information

Enrollment: 433
  • For more information about enrollment, please contact the front office at 510-635-7737.
Hispanic: 95%
African-American: 3%
Asian-American: 1%
Pacific Islander: 1%
Free and Reduced Lunch: 79%

Key Dates 2022-23:

First Day of School: August 8, 2022
Labor Day: September 5, 2022
Fall Break: October 3 – 7, 2022
Staff PD Day (no students): October 10, 2022
Veterans Day: November 11, 2022
Thanksgiving Holiday (1 Week): November 21 – 25, 2022
Winter Break (3 Weeks): December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
Staff PD Day (no students): January 9, 2023
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 16, 2023
Presidents’ Day: February 20, 2023
Staff PD Day (no students): March 6, 2023
Spring Break (2 Weeks): March 27 – April 7, 2023
Staff PD Day (no students): April 10, 2023
Memorial Day: May 29, 2023
Last Day of School/Teacher Work Year: June 16, 2023

School Address & Contact Information


400 105th Avenue,
Oakland, CA, United States

Contact Info



Principal’s Message

On behalf of the staff at Aspire Lionel Wilson Prep, welcome students, families, potential staff members and community members! We appreciate productive partnerships and shared responsibility to ensure all students can achieve Aspire’s vision of College for Certain. We are stronger when we work together.

Equity focus and we support a diverse and inclusive school culture

Aspire Lionel Wilson Preparatory Academy is named after Oakland’s first black mayor, Lionel Wilson. Mr. Wilson served as mayor of Oakland for three terms. He was known for the way he bridged the divide between different groups and worked toward growth and positive change. We honor him and support our students when we set clear behavioral expectations and focus on positive growth and high expectations. We ask families, staff, and community members to focus on academic achievement and a culture of respect and positive problem solving.

Literacy focus and how we work together to support student learning

LWP is working on improving literacy and exploring personal pathways so that students and families develop a realistic and attainable plan to reach a child’s highest potential. We know strong partnerships make a great difference in a child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success through an expanded teaching and support staff, more choices for students to explore their passions, and a commitment to the balance between a more rigorous curriculum and extra supports. We strive to embrace choice and challenge because we deeply believe that all students should thrive and graduate critically literate and free to choose their college, career, and life pathway.