School Description and Mission Statement - 2018 - 2019 School Year
Sankofa Academy opened during the 2004-2005 school year. The school year was founded as a K-8 new sall autonomous school is an effort to alleviate overcrowding and underachievement in the Oakland Unified School District.
Sankofa is an Akan word that means "return and fetch it." The essence 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."
In 2007, Sankofa transitioned from a K-8 school to a preschool, transitional kindergarten, K-5 elementary school. Sankofa currently offers Programs for Exceptional Children/Special Day Classes (Autism) in grades Pre-K-5th, in addition to General Education classes in grades Pre-K-5.