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About Us

What future do we want for our students?


The mission of Urban Promise Academy is to develop scholars, warriors, and artists. We prepare the middle school students of Oakland for success in college and career by equipping them with the skills to become confident, self-driven learners and respectful leaders who show solidarity with their communities.


At Urban Promise Academy, we prepare our students for success in college, career, and community through an innovative approach that emphasizes project based, personalized, and social emotional learning.

UPA’s school model is key to supporting our diverse learners who represent many academic, emotional, language, and literacy skills.

Students engage in project based learning that develops critical thinking skills and provides authentic opportunities for collaboration. They are creative problem solvers who apply their learning to a real world context.

In our personalized learning model, students set meaningful goals, reflect on progress, and adjust based on feedback. They become literate in technology. Our students drive their own learning in order to master grade level content.

Our students become self expressive through reflecting on their own journey. They take risks and creatively express themselves through arts. Students empathize with others across differences in our social emotional learning model.

UPA students are lifelong learners who actively seek knowledge. They are leaders who advocate for justice in their communities to create positive change.

Contact Us

3031 E 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94601

Phone: (510) 879-5236
Fax: (510) 627-9236


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