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 Mandela is committed to being a rigorous academic environment. We believe all students, given adequate time, effort, discipline and support, will be able to graduate ready to enter college or fulfill other goals fully prepared for the academic work required. Our students say, “All my teachers understand my issues,” and “they want us to be someone in life.” Mandela focuses on community and family collaboration. Our school theme, Bridging Multiple Worlds, uses the lens of multiculturalism and social justice as we prepare students academically to be literate in English and in a second language. Mandela offers French and Spanish, Journalism, AP and Honors courses plus its own computer lab. The arts are used to promote cross-cultural appreciation, community building and school spirit. School activities include field trips, Leadership and Hip Hop Clubs, Students Run Oakland and sports. Students are supported through a full-time counselor, advisory program, college guidance and tutoring.

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