Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy

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Admissions Process

Thank you for deciding to move forward in the Enrollment Process

To enroll in the Oakland Military Institute, you must complete the entire admissions process described below. Please read this page carefully so you understand your pathway to admission. 

Each section has an arrow that expands with more information. If you already know you want to become a student at OMI, skip down to step one and click the "Enrollment Application" button.

SFC Phil Cotton - Pcotton@omiacademy.org or by phone at 530-420-5268
The Oakland Military Institute is a Charter school run by the California National Guard in partnership with the Oakland Unified School District. Here's the down and dirty. Our whole goal is to prep your kid for College by any means necessary.
We put your kid through Mentally, Physically, and most importantly, Academically challenging situations. We use Military structure to keep the learning environment, well, a learning environment. We serve 6th - 12th graders and although many of us wear Military Uniforms, we don't push the Military. Your child is going to College! 

Quick checklist for you:
  • Yes, Students wear uniforms every day.
  • Yes, Males will have hair cuts and will be clean-shaven.
  • Yes, Females and Males will not have crazy hair color or painted nails.
  • Yes, Females will have their hair in a sock bun.
  • There's a lot more, but you get the picture.
This NOT a regular school. If you want easy, push that exit page button on the top of the page and keep on walking to the regular public school. We can and will not compromise the OMI Values because those who came before you know the amount of success that comes from how we do things here. If you want to be the best, in everything that you do, this is the school for you.
SFC Phil Cotton - Pcotton@omiacademy.org or by phone at 530-420-5268
On-Time Enrollment: November 16, 2020 – February 5, 2021
The On-Time Application deadline or the 2021-2022 school year was February 5, 2021. Click the "Enrollment Application" button below to complete the most important step of the Admissions Process.
This should take you no longer than 20 minutes.
Once your admissions application is done, please click the "Attend Orientation" button below. During the Online Orientation, one of our Staff will take Interested Parents/Students on a virtual tour of The Oakland Military Institute. During the presentation, you can ask questions about anything you would like to know about what like is like expect here OMI. This is a required step so that every student and parent understands the expectations at OMI of the ENTIRE family unit.
  • Applications received by this deadline will be included in our lottery, held on March 10, 2021, at 4:00 PM.
  • On Thursday, March 11th you should see all your charter school lottery results (OFFER or WAITLIST) in your student dashboard and at that time you can ACCEPT/DECLINE an offer.
  • The deadline to ACCEPT/DECLINE a charter school offer is March 25, 2021. If you do not accept by this date, the charter school lottery offer(s) will expire.
  • Once you accept an offer, offers from other schools will be automatically declined.
  • You can remain on waitlists but may only accept an offer at one school. 
We encourage all families who are applying to enter the Oakland Military Institute to attend one of our Virtual Tours. Sign up below.
Turn in Supporting Documents Deadline: May 15, 2021
    • Age Verification - Birth certificate, a passport, an I-94, a transcript, OR a report card
    • Grade Level Verification - transcript, prior year promotion certificate, or the most recent report card
    • Verification of Custody - Parent’s/guardian’s/caregiver’s passport, driver’s license, or official ID Card in conjunction with documentation in the form of a Birth Certificate, guardianship papers, or court documents Immunization Records
    • Immunization Records - California Schools require vaccinations and shots to be up to date in order to attend in-person classes. When completing the application, a list of what is needed before being fully admitted into OMI.
All fully completed applications are entered into the OMI Enrollment Lottery. Depending on how many spots are open, you may be placed on the waitlist due to limited space. The earlier the application is submitted through Oakland Enrolls, the better chance your family has of being accepted. The candidate entered in Lottery if needed. This depends on how many new student spots OMI has for the given School year. 
*The Lottery will likely be a Virtual event due to safety concerns in regards to COVID-19*
First Day for On-time Enrollment November 16th, 2020
Last Day for On-time Enrollment February 5th, 2021
First Day for LATE Enrollment February 8th, 2021
School Lottery March 10th, 2021
Notifications of Lottery Results March 11, 2021
Deadline for Parents to Accept/Decline Offers March 25th, 2021
Last Day for LATE Enrollment June 1st, 2021
Every cadet must attend the OMI Entrance Camp in order to maintain their Enrollment Status at OMI. Normal Entrance Camp attendance is located in Camp San Luis Obispo at California National Guard Base for 10 days.
*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Entrance Camp might be moved partially  online. Once a student is accepted, they will be enrolled in the online Entrance Camp.
Deadline: May 15, 2021 (Tentative due to COVID-19)
Registration Link: Will be posted after the Lottery
Below are the dates and times you can expect you will need to be at OMI for your New OMI Family Meet & Greet with Staff, Teachers, and Military TACs. Parents will complete any last-minute pipework during this process while Students will spend that time becoming acclimated to the OMI expectations, environment, and campus.

Dates will publish after the Lottery


Date: TBD
6th Grade (Last Name: A-M) 
6th Grade (Last Name:  N-Z)  
7th Grade  
8 - 10th Grade 
Each candidate that attends will be asked to write and draft a writing sample and will be interviewed by an OMI staff member.


Candidates are required to successfully complete the 10-day OMI Summer Entrance Camp in order to remain at OMI. 

The Entrance Camp dates are currently still in the planning phase due to COVID-19. Safety First.
Late Enrollment: February 8, 2021 - June 1, 2021

  • All late applications will result in the Candidate being placed at the end of the waitlist generated by the school Lottery. 
  • If you miss the February 5, 2021, On-Time Application deadline, you will still be able to submit an online application for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Applications submitted after the February 7, 2021 deadline will be considered a Late Application.
  • You will be placed on a waiting list at each of your selected schools, and/or offered enrollment if space becomes available.
  • Late Applicants will be placed on waitlists on a first-come-first-served basis. 
The Oakland Military Institute is non-sectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations; does not charge tuition; and does not discriminate on the basis of the characteristics listed in the Education Code Section 220 (actual or perceived disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or any other characteristics that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code of association with an individual who has any of the aforementioned characteristics).
Below is list of Basic Requirements to become a student at OMI.  
An applicant must be age-appropriate for their grade (e.g. Candidates applying for the sixth grade cannot be older than 11 years, 9 months at the beginning of their sixth-grade year).
We serve grades 6th-12th.
As a college preparatory school, the Oakland Military Institute (OMI) has a demanding academic program. An applicant must have satisfactorily completed the previous grade for admission to the next grade (e.g. complete fifth grade for sixth-grade admission, complete sixth grade for seventh-grade admission, etc). We do accept SPED and 504 Plan students.
An applicant must agree to attend the Oakland Military Institute (OMI). This is not a "Scared Straight" or a "Boot Camp" style school. OMI trains Scholars to push themselves mentally, physically, and academically.  If a student informs us, during any step of the process, that they no longer want to attend, OMI will remove the student from the admissions process. No exceptions. They are always welcome to reapply once they are ready to seek the mantel of greatness.