U.S. Secretary of Education Praises UPA!

In Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's recent speech on middle-school reform, Urban Promise Academy was one of just three U.S. schools he highlighted as a successful middle school model! We are so proud of this recognition:

"I see this new consensus about what works taking hold at Urban Promise Academy in Oakland, California, where Urban Arts—an afterschool program—is providing enrichment in dance, music, and the arts, and individualized instruction that students don't always get during the day. Test scores and graduation rates are up. Suspensions and office referrals are down."

Read the entire speech here!

 UPA students on our annual trip to Washington, D.C.
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