Our school offers a safe and nurturing environment to guide students into and through their teenage years. Our curriculum challenges them to be students who know how to learn and are not afraid to ask questions. We provide real-world opportunities through a variety of enrichment programs.
8th Grade Graduation
Our 8th graders may transition to the UrbanPromise Academy or other area high schools
Scholarship Recipients
All students receive customized scholarships based on each family's financial needs
Daily Attendance
Our families are engaged and our teachers are attentive to students' attendance and needs.
UrbanPromise is all about the kids, their education and well-being. My daughter has had so many opportunities that she wouldn't have had at other schools.
Miriam, Middle School Parent


The value of math goes beyond adding and subtracting.  Students are encouraged to think critically, to persevere and solve everyday problems using math strategies.

Reading & Phonics

Students’ reading skills are enhanced through the exploration of more complex text.  Individualized instruction provides students with valuable one-on-one teaching that promotes competence and creativity.

Social Studies

Daily history lessons promote civic consciousness and greater awareness of students’ responsibilities at the local, state, national and international levels.


Our Earth, Physical, and Life Sciences curriculum encourages students to analyze, deduct, and solve real life problems.


Each student has a unique story to tell. Students are taught the fundamentals of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and how to articulate their thoughts and have clarity in their communications.

Faith Development

Students discover Biblical principles through study and grade-appropriate curriculum and activities.


Experiential Learning Integration


This 12-week program is offered by the American Littoral Society for 7th and 8th grade students to engage more closely with marine life and habitat. Each week has its own adventure – featuring trips and events designed to pique children’s curiosity while educating them about the wonders of the sea.


20 Minutes a Day


Whether it’s a few minutes on our playground, a brain break between classes or a bike ride, our students are encouraged to move their bodies as a form of self-care.

My Family Kitchen

Cooking Classes

In partnership with My Family Kitchen, 5th graders receive six weeks of cooking classes to help them learn to prepare healthy meals. This experience ends with a family dinner cooked by our young chefs.

Socio-Emotional Learning

Support Services

Students in grades 6-8 participate in weekly group sessions that promote positive socio-emotional development and prepare students for the transition from middle school to high school.

From the Blog

Middle School Cooking Class

May. 12, 2022
School FAQ
How do I enroll my child in the school?

Please see the Enrollment page to learn more about how to enroll your child.

How much does the school cost?

UrbanPromise will offer a scholarship to all students. The scholarship is need-based and covers between 33% and 100% of the tuition cost. As part of your enrollment process, the principal or enrollment officer will review your income information and let you know the scholarship amount for which you qualify. Other potential costs include uniforms, transportation, and the school breakfast and lunch program—although most families qualify for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch.

What extra educational services are available for my child?

Children who qualify for additional services–either because of their standardized test scores or because of an evaluation by the Child Study team–have access to extra individualized or small group help from instructional aides or supplemental teachers and can have modifications made to their assignments or extra time to complete assignments or tests. Volunteer tutors, screenings by a school nurse, and extra help from teachers during or after school are available for all students. UrbanPromise schools do not have any self-contained classrooms, so any students who need that level of support in order to do their best may wish to consider another educational alternative.

Can my child play sports if they attend the high school?

The local public high school the student would attend, if they did not attend our school, is required by law to allow that student to try-out or participate in sports at the public high school like any student at that school.

Is there a uniform?

CamdenForward School and UrbanPromise Academy require students to wear a uniform. Uniform City on Broadway in Camden supplies uniforms for UrbanPromise students. Parents will receive a list of acceptable uniform options as a part of their application packet.

What is expeditionary learning?

UrbanPromise’s experiential learning programs expose youth to the diversity of people, places, and natural landscapes outside the environment of their everyday lives. Our programming follows the philosophy that education is a lifelong journey that, when nurtured, leads to an endless childlike curiosity and a continual quest to know “why.” Each component is designed to complement the academic rigors in place within the UrbanPromise classroom.  UrbanTrekkers aids in the leadership and character development of countless middle and high school youth, encouraging them to become motivated, disciplined, goal-oriented, and successful members of society.

Will my child have classes like art and gym?

Yes, both CFS and UPA offer art and gym All students participate in gym class each week. All CamdenForward School students have weekly art classes. UrbanPromise Academy students can choose to take art as one of their electives.

What does discipline look like at the school?

Discipline policies at the schools are designed to promote a safe and positive learning environment for everyone in the school community. Discipline is not about punishing bad behavior but about helping students develop self-control and self-regulation. Policies in the school seek to keep students in the classroom as much as possible while still providing a safe environment for everyone involved.

How will my child get back and forth to and from school?

Unfortunately, at the moment UrbanPromise is unable to provide transportation to and from school for our students. However, transportation supports are available. The Camden Board of Education provides bus passes for students living within Camden but more than a few miles from the school. Parents living outside Camden who drive their children to and from school can often apply for reimbursement from their local school district.

Is there an after school program for students?

There is an after care program for students at the CamdenForward School (K-8) called Elevate. Elevate is operated by the school and is only for students that attend our school. UrbanPromise offers additional neighborhood-based after school and summer camp programs for children in grades 1-8 that are open to our students and the community.

Meet the Staff
CamdenForward School Principal
Terry Bullock, MEd
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Ryan McCormick
Administrative Director of School Operations
Pauline Murfree