College For All

As a founding small school in Oakland, UPA is dedicated to providing an educational learning environment that truly prepares students for success in high school and beyond. In its seventh year as a new small school, UPA’s teaching staff and parents agree that College for All is essential in realizing the school’s long-term vision of preparing students to become successful in the nation’s colleges and universities, and productive community members who return here to their home.

Last spring, 72 Urban Promise Academy 8th-graders set off on the inaugural “College for All” visit to three campuses in southern California. During the three-day, two-night trip, students visited UC Merced, UCLA, and California State University, Northridge. The inaugural trip was so successful, that the students and staff on the planning committee decided to extend the trip and provide it to all students in all grades, every year.

This upcoming spring, the College for All program will provide college tours for all 300 UPA students. This year’s college tour locations and itineraries are being developed for each grade level, and will be finalized by the planning committee in the upcoming month. Initial planning indicates local day-trips to college campuses for the 6th- and 7th-grade students, and a four-day trip to Southern California campuses for 8th-grade students.