Media Academy students describe the “how” behind the API climb


A Fremont Federation student strives for the top of a climbing wall on Sept. 16 during P.E./JROTC class. Students last year at Media Academy also aimed for the top on their standardized test scores, enabling their school to see a 79-point gain on the Academic Performance Index — the best improvement among all of Oakland’s high schools.

Media Academy raised its Academic Performance Index by 79 points, the most of any high school in the Oakland Unified District, according to results released on Tuesday by the California Department of Education.

Media Academy now has an API of 600, which is the highest of the four schools in the Fremont Federation of High Schools.

Students in Media Studies discussed the “who,” “what” and “when” of the API improvement and then wrote their opinion of the “how.” Here’s what some of them wrote:

“The advisories helped in the API increase. In advisory, students talked about college and requirements, which made you strive to be better,” wrote Jack Mejia.

“The API score went up because we had great academic teachers … Edlind was a very good science teacher; he taught science very well. Ms. V. was a great teacher, too. Staniland knows how to teach math, so I think students understood,” wrote Shima Kaid.

“Another reason why I think (the scores) went up is because the teachers set a goal of 80 percent in their class. With that 80 percent goal, students get used to being pushed to that goal,” wrote Aleanna Santos.

“I believe the API score went up last year because the teachers here at Media Academy made things easier. One way how they helped us was the welcome we got coming into high school,” wrote Toronie Praloung.

“I believe the API went up because of the teachers and believers. The teachers played a big role in this situation because they really took time out and helped us no matter how long it took. The believers (students) began to believe in themselves and stopped fooling around towards the end of the year,” wrote Jasmine Gaines.

“The test scores went up because the students realized that school was not a joke,” wrote Brandi Hicks.