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Urban Promise Academy

Public | 6-8 | 300 students

 
 
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5 stars

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Posted December 13, 2011

I am thankful for UPA because there are very good teachers, a nice principal, and an excellent parent coordinator, Glendy Cordero, at the school. There is a free salad bar for the students, four days a week thanks to Glendy, Ana, and the parents that help. I am also thankful for the program that teaches parents to learn about computers. Now, we can comunicate in e-mail with the school and see the grades of our children, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

I'm really pleased with the staff and classes at this school. My son is in grade 6 now and he is benefitting from the excellent, committed teachers at UPA. A big thumbs up to "Miss Lisa".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

I'm looking to start my children in this school and I have spoken to teachers and staff already. They seem to be very professional. The school also has English and computer classes for parents. These classes help to get the parents more involved with their children's academic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

I am a very proud father to have my son, Jose, in this school. The teachers are excellent in my opinion. My son was in a private school and the experience was not positive. However, since my son transferred to UPA he has learned how to be a good student, but above all at being a good person. Teachers and all of the other staff here are part of our lives now. They keep parents well-imformed and help to shape our children. I am a happy father. Thaks UPA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

I am very thankful for UPA Middle School because every teacher and staff member is dedicated to the students. The principal is very friendly and open to parent input. My daughter, Evelyn, is in grade 7 now and she is excited to go to school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

upa is the best school that you can ever find.I am an 8th grader righ now and thanks to upa i have gone from a 3.50 to a 4.0.the teachers here push you to work hard and doesn't let anyone fall behind.In this school i was able to go to chicago with my after school program.It was hard work but it was worth it.Im sad to be leaving this school.I feel really safe here.Our test scores were the best out of oakland.If your thinking of putting your child in this school your child will thank you for putting him or her in this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2009

upa has been the best school i have gone to. i have nothing but good memories about the school and all the great teachers!!! Golberg, Bayardo, Juarez ,wolf,maxwell, and Montes have been the best teachers i have ever had!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2008

i am a student at upa its my last year there and i could say that it has really helped me. Everyone helps all the students do there best. The teachers are always there for us. when i first started upa i had a 3.5 in my gpa but know i am a proud 4.0 student and i want to thank everyone all my teachers and principal. I also want 2 say that upa is not like all of the schools of east Oakland this is a small school that dosent have many fights and is a verry safe school 2 be at!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

As a parent of this school I am very impressed at the lengths that the staff goes through to get parents involved. I also think that the principal has done a gareat job in improving the test scores of the school. I have watched the school grow. This is my fourth year as a parent at this school and yes academically it can do better but we need more parents involved to do it. My children have been bothe straight A students with perfect attendance and I know it is becasue of the expectations their teachers have and the one's we have at home. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

Are you kidding! This school is a typical east oakldn school where teachers do not teach but fill students with their own ideals about society. I have lived in this community for more than 10 years and am disgusted by the stereotypical mural they just placed in the wall. Warriors huh? Raise the schools academics and then boast. What a joke!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

This school captured my spirit when I started working there and has molded me into the teacher I am today. Urban Promise Academy is full of the brightest students and teachers I have ever worked with. The dedication of its staff is second to none and their drive to improve their school is phenomenal. The director always uses her skills and talents in the best interest of kids and UPA's interactive approach to giving kids the skills they need is a great model for school success.
—Submitted by a teacher


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

768

Change from
2012 to 2013

+7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

768

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+7

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
14%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
39%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
15%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

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Females51%
Males46%
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Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented57%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state46%

Math

All Students46%
Females51%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner34%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented48%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

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English Language Arts

All Students44%
Females51%
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented41%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state42%

Math

All Students61%
Females67%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented62%
Parent education - not a high school graduate70%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students43%
Females47%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state43%

English Language Arts

All Students38%
Females43%
Males33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state40%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students23%
Females22%
Males24%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability24%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate6%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state28%

Science

All Students60%
Females59%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 88% 51%
Asian 5% 11%
Black 4% 7%
White 2% 27%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mark Triplett
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (510) 436-3638

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Technology
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose
  • Parent center

Oakland Leaf (Bay Area Community Resources on 7/1/13) (after school program)

Types of activities
  • Academics
  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • Life skills
Operated by
  • Bay Area Community Resources
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
End time
  • 6:00
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • 6-8

Summer STEM (summer program)

About the program
  • Grant funded full day program with a focus on STEM.
Types of activities
  • Academic
  • Athletics
  • Life skills
  • Science nature
  • Technology
Operated by
  • OUSD
Dates offered
  • June 25, 2013 - July 19, 2013
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Start time
  • 8:30 am
End time
  • 12:30 pm
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • 6-8
Website
Phone number
  • (510) 436-3636
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  • Uniforms
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  • Urban Promise Academy - developing scholars, artists, and warriors - was started by teachers, parents, and community organizations. Its original design focused on safety and inclusion as the first step to establishing a culture of learning. This led to relevant curriculum with arts integrated in-depth projects. Parent and community involvement in academics is an integral part of what we stand for. Urban Promise Academy is an Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school, which means we employ active pedagogy and use learning expeditions to provide the framework for all students to excel. Our strong after school program includes enrichment classes from dance to web design as well as academic support and homework center. Urban Promise Academy currently serves over 300 students in grades six through eight. We provide students with leadership opportunities and prepare them for college track courses in high school.
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3031 East 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94601
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Phone: (510) 436-3636

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Ascend School
Oakland, CA


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