Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)

At CamdenForward School we recognize that middle schoolers universally face challenges that can impede their scholastic progress and personal development. Because we ground our curriculum in Christian values, emphasizing personal responsibility and respect for those around us, we offer a safe and nurturing environment to guide students into and through their teenage years. Our curriculum challenges them to be good students who know how to learn and are not afraid to ask questions. We supplement our curriculum with real-world opportunities through a variety of enrichment programs including Seaquest, which takes children out of the classroom and out of the city to study marine biology; Urban Boatworks which not only teaches middle school students how to build boats, but takes them out on the water as sailors, navigators and wildlife observers; and student government which encourages students to be involved and informed citizens, public speakers and problem solvers.

UrbanPromise is commitmented to making education even more affordable, by offering customized scholarships based on each family’s size and financial needs. 

Despite living in a city with low rates of academic achievement, CamdenForward School students are eager to learn. This year, they attended school at a rate of 95%!

Low teacher-to-student ratios are key to Academy students' success. Research demonstrates that among students with a low probability of attending college, small class sizes increase college attendance by more than 5 percentage points.

Math

Education experts are in agreement that mastery of math skills is necessary in scholastic success, and imperative in the complicated, high-tech-world out children will inherit and navigate. UrbanPromise schools recognizes that a solid foundation in mathematics will serve our students well, allowing them to compete and succeed in college and career. Our math curriculum begins in kindergarten and allows students each year to master concepts and move on to more difficult math levels. With a commitment to small class size and individual attention, opportunities to work with mentors and real-world experiences to use what they learn in the classroom, students are given every opportunity to succeed.  With math mastery comes academic confidence.

Grade 6

Curriculum Focus

  • Understand ratio and rates concepts to solve problems
  • Multiply and divide fractions by fractions
  • Analyzing data set in frequency tables, bar graphs, histograms, line graphs, and box and whisker plot
  • Solve algebraic expressions
  • Solve for area and circumference of circles
  • Solve one-variable addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations
  • Solving and graphing one step  addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division inequalities
  • Graphing, writing, and solving inequalities
Grade 7

Curriculum Focus

  • Solve and write proportions
  • Solve ratios and rate in real life problems
  • Find rates from a line graphs and tables
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers 
  • Understand integers and absolute value
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers
  • Use the percent equation
Grade 8

Curriculum Focus

  • Solve equations with variables on both sides
  • Convert units of measure
  • Graph and write linear equations
  • Find the slope of a line 
  • Graph linear equations in slope-intercept form
  • Find and simplifying square roots
  • Use Pythagorean theorem to find unknown measures
  • Write and graph multi-step inequalities of all operations
  • Use exponent notation
  • Evaluate expressions using order of operations

Experiential Learning Integration

As part of their mathematics curriculum, CamdenForward School's 6th grade class hand built a Merrimac canoe, using math skills they learned in the classroom and applying them to the building process.  

Science

According to the U.S Department of labor, the future of our economy depends on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.  It has become a national imperative to encourage young people to pursue careers in these critical fields and the path to success in these areas starts in the elementary classroom.  At UrbanPromise schools, science education highlights our belief that children learn best through experiential processes that allow them to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life.  In addition to our classroom curriculum, UP students have many opportunities to learn and grow as scientists, work and interact with real-world mentors and thought leaders from local tech companies and develop curiosity for the world around them and confidence that they can and will make a difference.

General Science

Curriculum Focus

  • Engage in active investigations in physical science, life science, and earth/ environmental science
  • Apply mathematical skills in evaluating and analyzing variables of data
  • Identify basic skills of the scientific inquiry process (how thinking scientifically is helpful in daily life and how technological advances affect the quality of our life)
  • Identify earth processes and study mapping of the earth’s surface
  • Analyzed the interdependence of human body systems to understand the flow of energy in both humans and their environment
  • Assess the role of forces and motion and apply Newton’s laws to understand forces such as gravity, friction, and air resistance
Earth Science

Curriculum Focus

  • Apply mathematical skills in evaluating and analyzing variables of data
  • Identify basic skills of the scientific inquiry process, (how thinking scientifically is helpful in daily life and how technological advances affect the quality of our life)
  • Identify Earth processes and study mapping of the earth’s surface
  • Study the relationship among the Earth, Moon and Sun as it relates to Earth’s processes
  • Understand the flow of energy in on Earth and their environment
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of plants
  • Students will be routinely observed researching and communicating ideas, announcing hypotheses, conducting experiments, gathering and recording data, presenting results, etc.
Physical Science

Curriculum Focus

  • Conduct investigations and begin to apply mathematical skills in evaluating and analyzing variables of data
  • Understand Physics is the fundamental science that states rules and laws of matter and energy, the other physical sciences, as well as biological sciences applied through genetics and evolution
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the structure of matter such as the atom and some atomic particles as well as the different forms of energy
  • Study how energy enters the ecosystems, such as light, sound, waves and the transfer of energy through the interactions of organisms and the environment
  • Students will be routinely observed researching and communicating ideas, announcing hypotheses, conducting experiments, gathering and recording data, presenting results, etc

Experiential Learning Integration

Sea Quest

In partnership with the American Littoral Society, UrbanTrekkers offers a marine biology after-school program to our middle school students. In addition to visiting Camden's Adventure Aquarium, students learn about local marine habitats through field trips to the Atlantic Ocean and to the Delaware and Cooper Rivers.

Social Studies

The City of Camden makes headlines for many things, not always positive. But for UP students, it is a daily civics lesson. It provides the perfect setting to learn about their urban world, their state, their nation, their world and their role and responsibility in each. From meeting President Obama to studying the Civil War through the restoration of an historic cemetery to serving their community through a local food pantry, our students connect to and feel a part of an ever changing living classroom.

Grade 6

Curriculum Focus

  • Study of The five major era’s such as Colonization – 1500, Revolution – 1745, New Republic – 1789, The Nation Expands and Changes – 1800, and the Civil War and Reunion – 1861-65
  • Study of the age of Exploration, Colonization and Pre-Revolutionary periods as well as Christianity, Judaism, Greek, and Roman
  • Geography focus on the United States and Canada
Grade 7

Curriculum Focus

  • Study of The Church in Medieval times (Muslims, Christianity, Jerusalem, and Judaism)
  • The Road to Revolution
  • The American Revolution
  • Launching a New Nation
  • The eras of Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson
  • Geography focus of South America and Africa
Grade 8

Curriculum Focus

  • The study of era’s 1800-1865  
  • The Age of Reform
  • Westward Expansion
  • The Nation Divided
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction of the South
  • The United States Now
  • Immigration
  • Civics and Economy 
  • Geography focus of South, Southwest, East, Southeast Asia
English

From a foundation in grammar, spelling and literacy to an exploration of ethnic literature, our English curriculum is both fundamental and exploratory.  As in all subjects, students are provided with individualized instruction to insure they stay at grade level and to allow for greater understanding of the world around them through the written word.

Grade 6

Curriculum Focus

  • Develop the ability to cite relevant evidence when interpreting or analyzing a text or supporting their points
  • Determine the meaning of general academic vocabulary as they read more complex texts using vocabulary in context
  • Determine elements of a story such as the central idea, theme, conclusion, characters, plot, and structure
  • Analyze fiction and nonfiction and compare and contrast the narrative structure
  • Identify the objective summary of the text, how an author develops the points of view of different characters, fact and opinion and author’s purpose
  • Understand what the text says explicitly, predict and draw inferences, and confirm/modify predictions
  • Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text and determine the advantages and disadvantages of using the different mediums

     

Grade 7

Curriculum Focus

  • Develop the ability to cite relevant evidence when interpreting or analyzing a text or supporting their points
  • Determine the meaning of general academic vocabulary as they read more complex texts using vocabulary in context
  • Determine elements of a story such as the central idea, theme, conclusion, characters, plot, and structure
  • Identify the objective summary of the text, how an author develops the points of view of different characters, fact and opinion and author’s purpose
  • Understand what the text says explicitly, predict and draw inferences, and confirm/modify predictions
  • Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text and determine the advantages and disadvantages of using the different mediums
  • Draw on information from multiple prints/illustrations

   

Grade 8

Curriculum Focus

  • Develop the ability to cite relevant evidence when interpreting or analyzing a text or supporting their points
  • Determine the meaning of general academic vocabulary as they read more complex texts using vocabulary in context
  • Determine elements of a story such as the central idea, theme, conclusion, characters, plot, and structure 
  • Engage in a range of classroom discussions on topics and texts, expressing ideas clearly and building on the ideas of others
  • Identify a speaker’s argument and specific claims and evaluate the reasoning and evidence behind these claims
  • Interpret figures of speech or references to literature or poems
  • Understand what the text says explicitly, predict and draw inferences, and confirm/modify predictions

     

Writing

We believe that each student has a unique story to tell and through our writing curriculum, has an opportunity to develop his or her own voice.  We also believe that the ability to communicate effectively and articulately is even more important in a world where social media is a powerful influence.  UP students are taught, along with the fundamentals of grammar, spelling and punctuation, how to articulate their thoughts and have clarity in their communications.

Grade 6

Curriculum Focus

  • Persuasive essays to support claims
  • Personal narrative essays
  • Biography Essay
  • Compare/Contrast essays
  • Explanatory writing pieces
  • Descriptive paragraphs (using all 5 senses)
  • Concluding statements
  • Responding to literature
  • Tall Tale
  • Research Paper (MLA format)
  • Use technology to produce a writing piece 
  • All Essays must be 3 paragraphs
Grade 7

Curriculum Focus

  • Persuasive Essay 
  • Editorial (persuasive your point of view)
  • Personal narrative essay
  • Compare/Contrast essay
  • Informative/Explanatory Essays 
  • Concluding statements
  • Responding to literature/video clips/audio clips (Nonfiction)
  • Acrostic and Shaped Poem
  • Interpretation of Poem
  • Write a research paper (MLA format)  
  • Use technology to produce a writing piece 
  • All Essays must be 3 to 5 paragraphs 
Grade 8

Curriculum Focus

  • Argumentative essay to support claims
  • Personal narrative essay 
  • Compare/Contrast essay
  • Informative/Explanatory Essays 
  • Descriptive paragraphs (using all 5 senses)
  • Topic/theme statements based on concrete details, quotations, textual evidence, and or definition
  • Concluding statements
  • Analysis essays 
  • Responding to literature/video clips/audio clips
  • Write a research paper (MLA format) 
  • Use technology to produce a writing piece 
  • All Essays must be 5 paragraphs
Bible

All Middle School students will become fluent in the teachings and life of Jesus Christ by learning the books of the Bible in order and their meaning and purpose.  Students have three Bible classes per week and attend one Chapel sermon with the intent that each middle school student will learn how to apply the teachings found in Scripture to the challenges he or she face in life. 

6th Grade

Curriculum Focus

  • Original sin
  • Cain and Abel
  • The 10 Commandments
  • The Call of Moses
  • Christmas
  • House of Royalties (Kings David, Solomon, Hezekiah, and Judah)
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Easter
  • Prayer (Matt: 6;9-13) Conversing with the Lord
  • Worship
  • Jesus's Parables
7th Grade

Curriculum Focus

  • Creation and the Fall (Adam, Eve, Cain, and Noah)
  • The Covenant with Abraham (Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Judah)
  • The Covenant with Moses (Moses, Pharaoh, Israelites, and Joshua)
  • The Weakness of the Old Covenant (Judge and a Judgment)
  • Promise of the Line of David (Ruth, Hannah, Samuel, Saul, and David)
  • The Lineage of David (Failure and Hope)
  • God’s People Protected and Restored to the Land (Daniel, Esther, and Jesus)
8th Grade

Curriculum Focus

  • What does it mean to have a Christ like Character?
  • Christ Example (meekness, zeal, compassion, and holiness)
  • Christ Major Experience (Birth of Christ, Respecting Christ’s Authority, Resisting Sin, Keeping Christ First, Crucifixion, Living for the Living Christ and Christ’s Death for us)
  • Spiritual Maturity/Discipline/Priorities
  • Lessons learned from Christ’s Friends and Enemies
  • The Twelve Disciples 
  • Christ’s Miracles
  • Christ’s Parables
  • Easter
Physical Education

We take a holistic approach to education, focusing not just on the mind but on spiritual and physical growth with  the goal of producing students—and citizens—equipped for the  stresses of life and equipped to live healthy and productive lives. Cooperation, team work, mindfulness, and the importance of healthy eating habits are all stressed at UP at every grade level through health and physical education classes.  While we do not have sports teams due to our size, our students can and do participate in local sports, have opportunities to explore their physical world and challenge themselves through UrbanTrekkers and learn about making healthy choices to support strong body, mind and spirit.

Grade 6

Curriculum Focus

  • Team sports: Basketball, Floor Hockey, Team Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball
  • Physical fitness testing:Muscular fitness and endurance, Cardio-respiratory endurance
Grade 7

Curriculum Focus

  • Team sports: Basketball, Floor Hockey, Team Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball
  • Physical fitness testing:Muscular fitness and endurance, Cardio-respiratory endurance
Grade 8

Curriculum Focus

  • Team sports: Basketball, Floor Hockey, Team Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball
  • Physical fitness testing:Muscular fitness and endurance, Cardio-respiratory endurance
Art

Our Art program provides students with a perspective of how art both reflects and influences society and culture in their own communities and throughout history. At the same time, the Art program helps students develop their unique inner artist, identify and nurture their own abilities and artistic expression. Our students work with various artistic media, getting hands-on instruction in the foundations of art, art theory and art history. They learn how to channel their creativity to illustrate their own personal story, in conjunction with what they are learning and experiencing across the UP curriculum.

Grade 6

Curriculum Focus

  • Engage in artmaking experiences based on personally relevant content and current interests while developing skills with a variety of materials and techniques
  • Investigate works of art that reveal how people live around the world and what they value
  • Make art collaboratively to reflect on and reinforce positive aspects of group identity
  • Investigate how museums and other arts venues reflect history and values of a community
  • Compare and contrast how technologies have changed the way artwork is created, preserved, and experienced
  • Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural issues
  • Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created
  • Interpret symbolism and narrative in works of art by analyzing the interaction of subject matter, visual elements, and relevant context information
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical and environmental implications of care and clean-up of art materials
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethics of copyright and appropriation of images as well well as sharing images though social media and other communication formats
  • Key artworks & artists: Meixcan folk arts, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Tibetan sand mandalas, stained glass from a variety of cultures, Keith Haring, Banksy, Romare Bearden, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, William H. Johnson, Isaiah Zagar
Grade 7

Curriculum Focus

  • Engage in artmaking experiences based on personally relevant content and current interests while developing skills with a variety of materials and techniques
  • Investigate works of art that reveal how people live around the world and what they value
  • Make art collaboratively to reflect on and reinforce positive aspects of group identity 
  • Investigate how museums and other arts venues reflect history and values of a community 
  • Compare and contrast how technologies have changed the way artwork is created, preserved, and experienced 
  • Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural issues 
  • Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created 
  • Interpret symbolism and narrative in works of art by analyzing the interaction of subject matter, visual elements, and relevant context information 
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical and environmental implications of care and clean-up of art materials 
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethics of copyright and appropriation of images as well well as sharing images though social media and other communication formats 
  • Key artworks & artists: Meixcan folk arts, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Tibetan sand mandalas, stained glass from a variety of cultures, Keith Haring, Banksy, Romare Bearden, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, William H. Johnson, Isaiah Zagar
Grade 8

Curriculum Focus

  • Engage in artmaking experiences based on personally relevant content and current interests while developing skills with a variety of materials and techniques
  • Investigate works of art that reveal how people live around the world and what they value
  • Make art collaboratively to reflect on and reinforce positive aspects of group identity 
  • Investigate how museums and other arts venues reflect history and values of a community 
  • Compare and contrast how technologies have changed the way artwork is created, preserved, and experienced 
  • Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural issues 
  • Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created 
  • Interpret symbolism and narrative in works of art by analyzing the interaction of subject matter, visual elements, and relevant context information 
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical and environmental implications of care and clean-up of art materials 
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethics of copyright and appropriation of images as well well as sharing images though social media and other communication formats 
  • Key artworks & artists: Meixcan folk arts, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Tibetan sand mandalas, stained glass from a variety of cultures, Keith Haring, Banksy, Romare Bearden, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, William H. Johnson, Isaiah Zagar