A DYNAMIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE MODERN AGE.

Linking learning to real life, the new Urban Academy was designed from the ground up to provide students with a state-of-the-art facility for innovation, creativity, and physical education. An environment where young minds are encouraged to unlock their full potential, as they endeavour to become the leaders of tomorrow.


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innovative
learning spaces

50,000 square feet over a state-of-the-art multi-storey design challenge what a school can look like.

collective
environments

Students from JK to Grade 12 under one roof breaks down barriers and encourages cross-grade mentorship and support.

FINALLY, A SCHOOL THAT CHECKS ALL YOUR BOXES.

Our new campus reflects the evolving needs of students, parents and the fast-paced world around us. From the facility to the faculty, no detail has been spared to ensure that your child receives the most enriching experience possible.

50,000 Sq ft to explore

5 stories of classes

1 mega media centre

>100 computers onsite computers and peripherals

>25 teachers on staff

7 specialty-focused teachers

100+hrs of community contribution

1 full sized gymnasium

>15 year history in New West

1000 Mbps fiber connected facility

Average class size of 16-18 students

100% post secondary enrollment

>75 hours of outdoor education per year

Minutes away from Hume Park

Movable classroom walls for open learning

4X outdoor areas for play, leisure, and study

Performing arts & music theatre seats up to 150 people

Fully equipped Community kitchen

a new breed of school

Situated close to home, our new location puts us within a 15 minute drive from Burnaby, Surrey, and Tri-Cities and at the forefront of accessibility – it is an easy commute when you can get to school any way you like.

New facility building update

466 Rousseau Street in New Westminster has never looked so good. Through a partnership with WesGroup Properties, we are creating a space as dynamic as we are, to support our vision. Construction is moving along well on schedule and as of September 2018, all of the concrete has been poured. We are on schedule to move into the new facility this January, 2019 as planned.

Students are evolving.
Urban Academy is evolving too

We are proud to inject creativity and diversity into the learning environment. Each of our students learns differently but appreciate linking their classroom learning to real life experiences. We find that by connecting curriculum we, maximize retention, skill development, and cognition. Therefore, our new classrooms will have movable walls to open up learning space, and rooms will be wired for the most current technology.

There are designated learning spaces for junior kindergarten, kindergarten, intermediate, middle school, and secondary school students, designed to be conducive to their specific learning and development needs. With that in mind, there will also be multi-purpose learning spaces to facilitate inquiry based learning, cross-curricular education, cross-grade support, and collaboration. We're also including a large multipurpose space and community kitchen to allow school events to be held onsite.

The innovative difference

Our new school fuses arts and sciences with real-world applications and hands-on experiences. We are creating a dedicated technology hub, science lab, and a media learning centre, fully equipped with modern learning technologies. The library will be a fusion of a traditional library and a technology lab to offer an innovative space that is reflective of the real world. Even our lockers will be outfitted with technology charging stations.

The arts live here

We have spared no details in curating a space where students can discover the arts and unlock their creative potential. Creativity is multi-disciplinary, and the new campus will feature music areas, art rooms, and a performance space and theatre for audiences of up to 150 people.

The great outdoors

Physical education thrives at Urban Academy, and we encourage students to move and experience as part of a complete education. Innovative outdoor spaces, a full-sized gymnasium will accommodate physical activity, assemblies, and other multi-purpose needs. There will be a rooftop patio to be used for older students to create gardens and work on science projects. Glass walls will make the gym visible from every floor, and the new campus is also minutes from Hume Park, which hosts tennis courts, fields, a pool, water park, and a playground.

Latest News

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 12, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It has been a glorious autumn week, the weather is lovely and the colours are starting to turn. It is also cooler, especially in the mornings. Please ensure that your child has outdoor wear that will allow them to play outdoors, we take the students out everyday and […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 5, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Field study, athletics and co-curricular opportunities are well underway for the fall term. Our boys’ Grade 5 Soccer team won handily playing Meadowridge this week and girls’ Volleyball played hard at Southpointe. Our athletic program is growing and our students are becoming more confident competitors. We are looking […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 28, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful final week of September. It was a pleasure hosting our new families at the New Parents’ Reception on Wednesday night and we hope that they enjoyed the chance to connect with community leaders and spend a little time getting to know each other. […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 21, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful week as we settle back into school routines and establish new ones for our new families. On Monday of the upcoming week, September 24, our full school assembly takes place at Olivet Baptist Church from 1:30pm to 2:10pm. This first assembly is always […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 14, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for joining us for the Meet the Teacher evenings at both campuses this week. This is an important part of orientation for new families but also for our returning families, as they get to know the expectations of a new grade, curriculum and new set of […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 7, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, We had a wonderful school opening this week, welcoming our returning students back to school and getting to know all of the new ones. Thank you for working through the routines with your child, uniform, drop-off and pick-up and getting schedules organized. We are spending a fair amount […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

August 31, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you to all of our families who joined us for the Back to School Barbeque. We welcomed a large number of new families to the school. It was a full yard of excited students and families who connected after a summer away. This has always been a […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 22, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful year working with your children and with all of our school community. It has been a year of exceptional change at Urban Academy as we prepare to welcome another new group of families and plan for our last few months at the two […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 15, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our middle school students return today from an excellent camp experience this week at Strathcona Lodge on Vancouver Island. Strathcona offers a wonderful program and is well-suited to that age group. Middle school campers need a full program, great food and lot of activity and learning, and that […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 8, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, This week we enjoyed meeting with all of our new Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten families for an orientation to Urban Academy. We have 39 new students to welcome in those two classes alone so there are many new families to get to know and to share the school’s […]

Coming up

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October 16, 2018

Irving House Museum

Students will step back in time to explore a day in the life of New Westminster pioneers.

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Students will step back in time to explore a day in the life of New Westminster pioneers.
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October 16, 2018

Burnaby Village Museum

The Grade 4 students will head to Burnaby Village Museum to participate in the Business as Usual Tour. Students will learn about life in Burnaby and New Westminster in the 1920's ...

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October 17, 20187:00 pm / 8:30 pm

Admissions Information Evening

Junior Campus Admissions

Admissions information evenings allow interested families to learn about Urban Academy, our approach to education and what becoming part of the community would look like. Theses evening sessions are ...

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October 18, 2018

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

In Grade 3, students are exploring Community and Volunteerism. They will be traveling to Old Orchard Park to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

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In Grade 3, students are exploring Community and Volunteerism. They will be traveling to Old Orchard Park to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
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The right education takes your child from remembering and reciting to knowing and understanding.

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Campus Life

Creating an environment where students thrive is at the forefront of everything we do.

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Visit UA

We encourage you to learn about us the same way we help our students learn - through a hands-on, real-world experience.

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Location

Urban Academy is a destination school, perfectly situated in the heart of the Lower Mainland.

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Admissions Process

Our team works hard to make the application process easy, guiding you and determining if Urban Academy is the right fit.

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Bus Services

Our morning bus service ensures students arrive at school safely and on-time, throughout the year and every day of the week.

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OOSC

We partner an amazing education experience with an amazing before and after school care experience.

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