• Welcome to Ralph J. Bunche Academy!


    At Ralph J. Bunche Academy the future is now! The students that attend Bunche can participate in various online classrooms perfect for distance learning. We are a pathway school teaching Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation curriculum where students explore possible careers in the Culinary and Hospitality. We can connect students to Work-Based Learning opportunities where students can earn credits toward graduation while they earn money learning new job skills. Oakland is at the epicenter of social justice and our partners at Fly Law support us in educating our youth about their legal and human rights. Lastly, our faculty has created a Senior Seminar in which students will reflect on how far they have come, showcase their resilience, and plan for the future they deserve. At Bunche we promote an environment modeling the commitment and service to a community we love and respect, Historic West Oakland. Bunche inspires every student to achieve and then come back to the community to show others that they can achieve too.


    The vision and curriculum incorporate social-emotional learning, academic challenge, and planning for the future. Our focus is the “whole student” and requires staff, students, and families to consider a Healing Informed Lens to build a better school community for everyone involved. Only through relationships, overcoming challenges, and consistency toward betterment can we help our students flourish, and only through our students, families, and community stakeholders are we able to evoke the change we want to be in the world. Ralph Bunche is a small but mighty collective of amazing people young and experienced, we are happy to be considered for the finishing of your high school career. 


    An Oakland Unified School District School


    The Oakland Unified School District is a Sanctuary District and Ralph J. Bunche Academy is a Sanctuary School. On January 18, 2017 the OUSD Board of Education unanimously passed a Sanctuary District Resolution. You can read the full resolution on the OUSD website.




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