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Student Learning

Portrait of a Lockwood Scholar

Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions:

  • What we know
  • What we do
  • Where we're going

Effective Communicator

  • Demonstrates effective verbal, written and digital communication styles
  • Flexible and works well within diverse teams and settings
  • Builds consensus when making decisions

Personal Leadership

  • Models Lockwood's core values (integrity, community, respect, responsibility, service to others)
  • Thinks critically and acts with courage
  • Practices self-regulation, self-management, and responsible decision making

Resilient Lifelong Learner

  • Embraces a growth mindset
  • Perseveres through productive struggle
  • Sets and achieves goals that advance personal and academic development


  • Uses digital tools in a knowledgeable and ethical manner
  • Selects appropriate tools and procedures to accomplish tasks
  • Integrates technology to acquire knowledge and advance learning

Community and Global Contributor

  • Resolves conflicts peacefully
  • Seeks cultural understanding and takes pride in personal cultural identity
  • Advocates for equity and social justice and demonstrates civic responsibility

Core Skills for the 21st Century

  • Acquires a strong foundation in Math, Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Arts
  • Uses relevant and reliable evidence to support his/her position
  • Thinks critically and creatively to problem-solve and address situations

Lockwood STEAM Academy Program Design

Lockwood STEAM Academy offers students a robust Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics focus in addition to the rigorous core academic program.

Science & Engineering

Through project-based, investigative learning experiences, students experience a carefully sequenced hands-on 21st Century Science, Engineering and Technology program. 

Students engage in hands-on learning in our lab space as they develop their skills in scientific inquiry and design. 

They learn about principles of engineering and develop models and learn how to use design tools including 3D printing to solve real world problems. Students learn how to build and operate drones to connect their learning to real life applications in the science and technology fields of the future. Through a mix of core classroom, electives, and after school opportunities, all students are able to develop as Scientists and Engineers.


Technology is an integral part of students' learning at Lockwood STEAM Academy. In addition to the experience with engineering design and Drone technology in the WOZ Ed curriculum, students use technology to support effective communication and collaboration. They become proficient in a range of educational tools that support their learning and are able to use technology to communicate to a wide range of audiences and purposes.


In partnership with Oakland's Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), all students at Lockwood STEAM Academy will immerse themselves in various media, techniques and projects that they may not otherwise be exposed to, such as: clay, sculpture, printmaking, book arts, and collaborative works of art. Through participation in the MOCHA program, students gain skills in communication, creative and critical thinking, and collaboration.

Rigorous Academic Core
At Lockwood STEAM Academy our academic program center on culturally responsive teaching, use of complex tasks, on-going student assessment and timely interventions. By combining these approaches, we support all of our scholars' growth towards and mastery of academic standards.

Complex Tasks

Teachers implement rigorous complex tasks (e.g. high DOK, use of complex texts, writing with evidence) across all content areas (e.g. ELA, Math, Science), aligned to common academic standards, and progress monitor student learning through multiple forms of authentic assessment to determine mastery. Through the implementation of CCSS aligned curriculum and rigorous tasks aligned to DOK levels 3 and 4 students are supported and challenged on their way to mastery.

English Language Development

A quarter of students at Lockwood STEAM Academy are English Language Learners. As part of our rigorous academic program, ensuring access and success for English Learners is at the forefront of our instructional design. All teachers teach integrated ELD and use GLAD Strategies to provide English Learners access to content area learning. In addition, teachers implement designated ELD for 30 minutes a day.

Literacy Across Content Areas

Lockwood STEAM Academy takes an integrated approach to literacy so that all students are becoming college and career ready. Teachers ensure that Academic Discussions are embedded in lessons across all content areas.

Instructional Sequences embed complex, grade level texts and questioning strategies that require students to use evidence and elaborate on ideas. Students engage in writing evidence as a part of all instructional sequences.

By supporting robust language and literacy development across content areas our students build their skills as effective communicators ready for the 21st Century.


Students at Lockwood STEAM Academy LOVE math.

Through a focus on teaching and developing the Common Core Math Practices, students are engaged in talking about their thinking as they work to solve complex problems. Teachers implement a lesson design model in math that incorporates the mathematical practices: use and connect mathematical representations, build procedural fluency and conceptual understanding, and support productive struggle.

Dual Language

Lockwood STEAM Academy Dual Language Program is designed to develop grade level biliteracy in English and Spanish, with 50% of instruction in Spanish beginning in Kindergarten. Families can opt into the program when they enroll at Lockwood STEAM Academy. Students who are enrolled in the Dual Language Program also participate in STEAM programming.

Differentiation of Instruction to Meet Learners Needs

Teachers differentiate instruction for all students, based on evidence, regardless of current level of achievement.

Teachers regularly conduct small, homogeneous group instruction in service of differentiation as well as use of heterogeneous grouping within content areas. Small group differentiation is a core component of our intervention program and it happens throughout the school day as well as after school.