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NOCCS is a progressive, community-driven school serving students from kindergarten through 5th grade. Click here for a highlights summary our school and here for testimonials from the NOCCS community.


School hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a minimum day on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Morning Care is available starting at 7:30 a.m. and our after-school program runs daily until 6 p.m.

We invite all families of K-5 students to join us in our 21st year of arts integration and intentional diversity. The Head of School leads tours every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and by appointment

 Virtual Tour Zoom Link

The 2021-2022 School Year begins August 9th (see calendar) with a return 100% in-person attendance! Now accepting rolling applications for the post-lottery admission process

For more information or to schedule an alternative tour time, please contact 510-655-0540 or


NOCCS is a public charter school dedicated to helping children become thoughtful, informed, and inquisitive citizens.


In 2000, a diverse group of parents and educators began meeting in North Oakland to share a dream of starting a new school. 

Those founders talked about how they could design a school that respected and nurtured young learners.

They developed NOCCS's 10 Core Principles, which are still at the heart of NOCCS today.

Our Core Principles

  1. Respect for Children and their Learning

  2. High Expectations

  3. A Caring Community of Learners

  4. Valuing Diversity

  5. Connections to the World

  6. Commitment to Equity

  7. Families' Contributions

  8. Respect for Teachers and Teaching

  9. Creativity

  10. Teaching for Understanding