Welcome to Golden Gate Academy!


The CARE Campus! Collaboration, Action, Responsiveness, Engagement. A New vision that establishes the Golden Gate Academy campus as an epicenter of service, education, and witness for the community.

Our Director


Cliff Wright Jr. is passionate about providing top-tier education and community services in state-of-the-art facilities to the people of Oakland and in the surrounding the Bay Area.

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The Research


We believe in making student-driven decisions back by research. We combine proven methods like using Agile in the classroom and having each student work on a self-paced home school curriculum in the classroom, allowing them to advance at their own level. The Research

School Model


A diverse, inclusive, high-achieving, Seventh-day Adventist school combined with a co-working space and incubator.  School Model

Co-working & Opportunity


Our goal is to create a unique, exciting environment that embraces all types of learners and promotes growth both professionally and personally specifically in the areas of Coding, Health Care and Project Management. Find Out More

GGA CARES


We are making sustainable change in the bay area by equipping individuals with leadership skills. This helps them make better choices so they can become change agents in their community. GGA C.A.R.E.S. Collaboration, Agency, responsibility, Education, Service. Find a Leadership Program

Please Join Our Efforts


We’ve taken a grassroots approach to make our vision a reality. Anyone willing to help can contribute, and both large and small gifts are accepted to support this multimillion-dollar project.

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Our Partners

We have several key partnerships, all with the desire to help people young and old better themselves and their community.

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The Five Pillars

It is not essential that we agree, but it is imperative that we are agreeable in our dealings with one another. We want every person who engages with us to experience the love of Christ through our willingness to partner with organizations of varying beliefs.

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Golden Gate Academy provides development in our eight essential competencies. We focus on making education broader than school and strive to create agancy with all of our stakeholders, and the families they represent. As individuals develop agency they are then able to impact their community.

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Golden Gate Academy believes that leaders are developed through challenges and support, but they must take ownership of each decision made. Words matter just as much as actions and our footprint in this community must be monitored and considered when working to accomplish our vision on making the world a better place to live.

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We believe that learning is the work of a lifetime and school is just one of the places it happens. Golden Gate Academy implements a schedule that values differences and strives to support developing learners in such a way that they can bring their gifts to fruition while, at the same time, learn to cope with their challenges.

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Golden Gate Academy instills in its students a commitment to serve and actively support outreach efforts of our constituent churches, identifying ongoing service opportunities within the broader community it helps.

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News & Announcements

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2nd Annual SE Leadership Conference
Feb. 2-3, 2020

This year’s theme, Transforming Culture is not something you will want to miss. This two-day workshop is specifaclly designed for leaders of small schools and nonprofits.

Make A Child’s Success Your Priority.

Begin their Educational Journey Today.

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COMPETENCY VS. CONTENT

Through Golden Gate Academy and the Golden Gate Academy Learning Partnership, students will learn the latest in technical expertise, and how to apply it both conceptually and practically. We aim to evolve our core competencies by focusing heavily on nurturing positive student-teacher relationships and using them as the foundation for our educational agenda. When students are taught by a facilitator with whom they have apositive relationship, they are able to reach their full learning potential. Our focus is on competency over content, unlike content, competency refers to the skills needed for living a successful life beyond the classroom. We use a uniquely structured mentoring approach, based on Seventh-day Adventist principles, educating the whole individual on the foundation of the story of redemption.

[Competency 1] Students must know how to think critically with an Agile mindset when managing projects and achieving goals. Success is determined by achieving goals. It is important for our students to understand S.M.A.R.T. goals and to be given numerous projects to manage.

[Competency 2] Students must learn how to communicate in a variety of ways. Extra emphasis is placed on writing, public speaking and how to cultivate a following. Students will learn the importance of listening as a part of cummunicating effectively.

[Competency 3] Traditional schools aim to steer students away from failure. However, our students are encouraged to fail early and fail often. We mentor our students with a growth mindset. Intellegence is developed and it is not static.

[Competency 4] Without a doubt, this is one of the most necessary skills today’s students need to develop. Automation will not be a problem for students who are able to solve problems with creative thought and innovative imaginations. Music, Art, and other crafts give insoght into looking at complex problems in a different way with a different part of the brain.

[Competency 5] We are intentional about instilling an awareness of the broader diverse community through collaborative work assignments and group meetings.

[Competency 6] We want our students to know that they CAN make the world a better place. We help them recognize the importance of their own uniqueness leverage their passions and talents to reach their full potential.

[Competency 7 ] Students must soar above what others may think about them. They often have a particular perception towards math and science. Our students understand the importance of STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, & Math) focus to train the mind to think critically.

[Competnecy 8] Sustaining a close relationship with God is woven into every strand of the hidden and tangible curriculum.

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