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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)

We chose the Flex model because of our experience at Oakland Unity High School, where our principal was a teacher. At Unity High School, we piloted a mastery-based program and did a lot of research in understanding how to support a mastery-based learning system with blended learning.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge is helping teachers who have never done mastery-based grading or a lot of small group teaching let go of ensuring what students are doing everyday. We spent a lot of time preparing for our pilot launch with our teachers focusing on what our philosophy is and what things will look like moving forward.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?

We are only able to do all that we are doing today because we were willing to try things out. It is important to take a few changes, try them out, and see what works. You have to stumble and fall a few times before you get it right, and experiments help you know what systems you will need in place before implementing across the whole school.

Program Focus


Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies

School Overview

Oakland Unity Middle School is one of 10 breakthrough schools to receive grant funding from the Rogers Family Foundation to support personalized learning. The school prides itself on its small class sizes, its safe environment that allows students to thrive, and its strong academic support structure that enables students to become their best academic selves.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Damon Grant

Contact Title: Principal

Oakland Unity Middle School
6038 Brann St
Oakland, California
United States

Telephone: (510)-635-7170

Oakland Unity Middle School's Website


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Blended Program Launched 2015