Award Year: 2019

Yu Ming Charter School

1086 Alcatraz Avenue
Oakland, CA, 94608-1265

(510) 452-2063

Ms. Sue Park, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Celia Pascual, Current Principal

Charter School

Alameda County Office of Education

School Website


As a leader in Mandarin immersion education, we nurture our inclusive and diverse community to become empowered, engaged, and outstanding global citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 8%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 47%
  • Two or more races: 32%
Yu Ming Charter School's Empowered, Engaged, and Outstanding Global Citizens

Yu Ming Charter School's Empowered, Engaged, and Outstanding Global Citizens

Located in Oakland, California, Yu Ming Charter School innovates on a breakthrough K-8 educational model that is guiding a diverse student body to grow into the global leaders of tomorrow. We are centered on academic excellence and combine best practices in personalized, project-based, social emotional, and language immersion learning. Students gain mastery across core disciplines - math, science, social studies, and history - in both English and Chinese. Bicultural enrichment courses through hands-on learning experiences round out our learning environment, including Visual and Performing Arts, Choral and Instrumental Music, Design Lab, and Theatre.

We leverage researched-based pedagogies, such as Compass, a competency-based human development model, to help students grow in body, heart, mind, and spirit in pursuit of excellence in every dimension. Continuous program innovation hinges on data-driven decision-making and regular cycles of inquiry inform personalized learning experiences and differentiated instruction. Eighth grade students present a bilingual graduate defense aligned to the Yu Ming Graduate Profile skills and competencies. Yu Ming is committed to fostering a student body that reflects the diversity of its surrounding community and becoming a national model for closing the opportunity gap.

Already, Yu Ming students meet or exceed academic standards, regardless of socio-economic status or race. Learning alongside peers with different perspectives and backgrounds, students have more opportunities to develop creativity, deeper learning, and problem-solving skills. By virtue of our bilingual, bicultural focus and through intensive efforts to enhance student diversity, Yu Ming is preparing students to positively contribute to an increasingly multicultural society.