The Oakland Emiliano Zapate Street Academy is an alternative high school which, for the past 35 years, has been serving students from multi-cultural backgrounds, and many of whom were at risk of failure in school prior to coming to our school. Our school provides the students with a college prep program while emphasizing community service, appreciation of diversity and a strong commitment to social justice. A consulting teacher works with each parent/guardian and student to develop an educational plan and communicates regularly to ensure the student is on rack. The school offers both a core academic day program and an extended day program with independent studies and enrichment programs. There are three steps to the application process. First, potential students and parents are invited to an orientation to the school’s philosophy, instructional program, and rules. Next, the students will complete an application which includes an essay. The students must write why they wish to attend Street Academy. They also take placement tests in English languages arts and Mathematics. The tests are only for the purpose of placement in classes. Finally, the students will be scheduled for an interview with a committee consisting of a teacher and other students. The interview panel will determines acceptance of candidates.