One of the greatest strengths of both the CamdenForward School and the UrbanPromise Academy is their small size. Teachers at all grade levels generally have 15 or fewer students in their classes. The principals know every student in each school. Students’ strengths and weaknesses, their unique learning styles, and their histories are known to their teachers and school leadership. The small class size, personal relationships formed with staff, focus on student success, and partnership with parents allow teachers and administrators to tailor the learning for individual student needs.
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%!
Despite living in a city where nearly 50% of high school students drop out, 100% of UrbanPromise Academy seniors graduate each year.
Our Customized Approach
Teachers and school leaders have access to numerous resources to help students. Annual Terra Nova standardized testing provides teachers and staff with an approximate picture of students’ math and reading levels. Child study teams, from the Camden County Educational Services Committee, provide a more detailed and specific assessment of students’ learning strengths and needs. Instructional aides and supplemental teachers, also through the Commission, can help students in the classroom or by pulling them out for targeted individual instruction. Our large volunteer base also serves as a source for individual and small group tutoring and classroom help. Finally, teachers can adjust lessons and assignments based on students’ individual learning plans to make sure students get the most out of those assignments.