Sankofa is an Akan word that means "return and fetch it." The essense of Sankofa is to embody and understand the following: "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today."

    Sankofa Academy opened during the 2004-05 school year with a commitment to empowerment and academic excellence for all students. 
    Sankofa serves students in grades Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and grades K-5. All of our programs are full day.

    OUR VISION and Mission

    Our primary vision and mission is to provide our students with the tools that they need to be critical thinkers and lifelong leaders. We emphasize student achievement. All of our students are encouraged to master numeracy, literacy, science, and social studies. We use current data to influence our instruction. We make necessary modifications to ensure academic success for all learners. Our students will make tomorrow a better place.Morning Circle

    Kaiser Elementary and Sankofa Elementary will be merging on the Sankofa site beginning in the 2020-21 school year.   We welcome current and prospective families to information sessions and to tour the campus.


    All info sessions will be at the Sankofa Elementary campus, 581 61st St. at Shattuck Ave.  (Map.)  


    Please RSVP at this link for one of the following days.

    Wednesday, November 13. 6:00 PM

    Monday, November 18. 6:00 PM

    Saturday, December 7. 9:00 AM

    Saturday, December 14. 9:00 AM

    Wednesday, January 8, 6:00 PM

    Tuesday, January 14, 6:00 PM

    Saturday, January 25, 9:00 AM

    Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 PM

    Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 PM

    Additional information about the OUSD enrollment process can be found at www.ousd.org/enroll.   Here are two helpful “1-pager” documents about the enrollment process and the online “SchoolMint” application.   Please remember that it is important to apply before the February 7 deadline, however there is no priority given for applying early.