• Serving youth who are 18-26 years old
  • Serving youth who do not hold a high school diploma

Students start by attending our accredited charter school on a self-designed schedule, gaining the solid academic foundation they need to thrive in our job training program and to prepare for college. Students can select from a full or part-time scholar status, depending on what other commitments they have in their lives outside of Civicorps.


Students also engage in trauma-informed counseling, mindfulness, financial literacy, and college and career counseling.

  • Three full-time, on-site counselors for social services and college advising.
  • Wrap-around services to help all students navigate life challenges in order to achieve excellence.


Upon completion of a baseline of onboarding activities, students can advance to paid job training, earning a starting wage of $14.14 per hour while working full or part-time on crews at our Environmental Management social enterprise.

From the moment they arrive and as they progress through our program, youth receive personalized college and career counseling as they plan their next step after graduation. Our counselors help youth develop job search skills, enroll in college, access financial aid, and secure jobs or internships that will serve as stepping stones to living wage careers.




Students can expect to take the following steps on the path to graduate:

Learning Academy Classroom Instruction 

Job Training and Continued Classroom Instruction

Internships and Professional

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Where are you located? Aren’t you right off of West Oakland BART?

Yes, our Job Training Center is just opposite the West Oakland BART station on 5th Street.  Our Learning Academy is at a different site a short distance away at 101 Myrtle Street @ 3rd.

What is Spark?

Spark is our weekly enrollment program, where new students can embark on a wide variety of onboarding activities every Tuesday at Civicorps.  Spark students come to Civicorps from 10 am to 12 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and do the following:

  • Fill out Application Forms
  • Review our Corpsmember Handbook/Do’s & Don’ts
  • Receive a Program Overview: Portfolio & Graduation
  • Meet with Case Counselors
  • Receive an Educational Intake Assessment
  • Create a student email account
  • Take NWEA tests in Reading, Language, Math
  • Review our Course Catalogue
  • Take CPR
  • Observe classes
  • Take a Conflict Resolution workshop
  • Take a Career Inventory/Resume & Cover Letter class
  • Receive a CASAS Assessment
  • Engage in Service Learning
I attended some semesters or years of high school and have credits. Can I apply them towards graduating from Civicorps Academy?

No.  Because we’re a portfolio based program and not credit based, your previous credits won’t be needed here.  We’ll help place you in the right classes with assessments in Reading, Math and English.

What resources do you have for English language learners?

Civicorps is dedicated to serving students whose primary language is not English by offering a concurrent program to appropriately meet the needs of the English Language Learner.  English Language Learners will be identified and given support during the enrollment process and transitioned into the Academy according to an individualized plan.

Is there a regular schedule I can look at online?

We have six terms a year, and our schedule changes each term. As of January 2020, Civicorps is offering a totally new flexible scheduling model at our Learning Academy and Job Training Center.  You can design your own class and job training schedule, selecting from:

  • Part-time or full-time academic options
  • Morning, afternoon, evening or full day options
  • 3-day and 5-day per week options: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday and Monday/Wednesday/Friday options and Monday-Friday option

Classes run between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and you can choose combinations of these blocks:

  • 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • 11:15 -1:15 pm
  • 1:45 – 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 – 3:50 pm
  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm
How long does it take to complete the program?

You’ll move at your own pace through the program, and your completion time will depend on whether you choose a full or part-time schedule, your academic level upon entry and other factors.  We’re here to help you get it done at the pace that’s right for you with all the support you need.

What documents do I need to enroll in the program?

None!  You don’t need any documents to enroll.  But before you start the paid job training part of the program, you will need a California State Identification card (ID or DL), a birth certificate, and a Social Security Card.  But don’t let it stop you from walking in our door if you’re missing any of these things – we’ll help you get them once you’re enrolled.