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After visiting EnCompass Academy as a Community School, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson states that he wants to "replicate" what he learned! Read the KQED News article below!

by Caitlin Esch | June 5, 2012 — 6:57 PM

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson was in Oakland Tuesday touring two elementary campuses.

One of the sites he visited was the EnCompass Academy, a school primarily serving low-income children in East Oakland. As state funding decreases schools like EnCompass are looking for creative ways to meet community needs. And the need among students and families at EnCompass is sometimes desperate.

First-grade teacher Marva McInnis recalls an episode with one student, “who raised her hand and said, ‘Ms. McInnis, we’ve run out of money for food, so we have stopped eating at home.’ And my heart was broken.”

McInnis took the family to a food bank that day.

Now, EnCompass is an example of a “full-service community school” that partners with churches, health-care providers and non-profits to provide counseling, dental care and healthy food.

State Superintendent Torlakson was impressed.

“So much of what I learned today," he said, "I’m going to take a ‘say, let’s replicate it, and let’s have a how-to manual’ for other districts to follow the example of Oakland.”

Torlakson also says that the full service community school model could help Oakland close its achievement gap and raise graduation rates.

Source: KQED

Dear Friends, Families, and Community Members,

We warmly welcome you to our website! I feel that EnCompass Academy itself is a monument to those in the community's past and present who have worked tirelessly to provide the best for our children and families with very meager resources. We are humbled to be a part of this important moment in East Oakland history.

When our children are surrounded by beauty, it becomes easier for them to believe that they deserve--and should pursue-a life of peace, possibilities, and purposefulness in spite of the neighborhood statistics. Our students treat our campus as such a special place and will thrive in the light and brightness here. Our work needs many heads, hearts and hands to fulfill our vision. This website will provide an overview of our efforts. I hope you enjoy your visit.


Minh-Tram Nguyen

Founding Principal

Dye It Pink Reading Challenge

Ms. Nguyen said she would dye her hair pink if each class read at least 1 million words. The students read over 20 million words, and Ms. Nguyen kept her word. Check out our Reading Challenge and the "Dye It Pink" campaign!

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