What Urban Academy is all about

Urban Academy students are global citizens and we educate them accordingly. At Urban Academy,we encourage our students to ask “why” and to dive deeper, question the norm and see the world around them through a new lens. Our story is part of what sets us apart. We didn’t set out to be like everyone else – and we’re not.


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how we got here

Urban Academy’s Roots

Urban Academy was formed by three founding families, the Drummonds, the Tays-Clarkes and the Prahsts, who had a great vision of the future of education and were committed to making that dream a reality. They believed in a community-involved school option in the New Westminster area where creativity, heart and collaboration of individual talents would guide success. The plan was simple: develop a learning environment that provides the opportunity for teachers to be at their best while creating a school that includes parents as partners in learning. Urban Academy values thinking outside the box to best prepare students for a rapidly changing future. It wasn’t long before many other parents, staff and students caught the vision and began to share their ideas, talents and hearts to develop it.

And like a big, beautiful snowball, Urban Academy was born.

Our brand new facility is a significant part of our continued evolution process. We’re taking education far beyond traditional classroom instruction and teaching our students about the real world we live in. The facility will accommodate our unique, collaborative approach to learning with innovative outdoor spaces, classrooms and programs.

Our students have opinions. Our students have ideas. Our students have hearts.

Urban Academy starts with 1 teacher & 10 students.

Urban Academy acquires Robson Manor.

100th student registers.

2nd campus opens & curriculum expands from JK - Grade 12.

Urban Academy's new campus construction begins.

where learning happens

What Makes Urban Academy Unique?

Urban Academy is about preparing students for a rapidly changing future. We give them the opportunity to cultivate their joy of discovery, to connect seemingly unrelated subject matter, to think on their feet, and to think critically. We’re moving from traditional education to innovative education, constantly evolving and creating a learning environment unlike any other.

Our academic standards are high, because we know our students are capable. We inspire them to learn holistically through unique experiences and real-world applications. The future is dynamic, changing and fast; we think our students should be all of those things too.

The Urban Academy teaching staff is also second to none. As a group of  passionate professionals they share a commitment to the highest standards of learning and recognize the potential in each child.  By working together and drawing on one another’s skill sets, they are a dynamic group of educators who genuinely care about their students and are committed to the future of the school.

To attend Urban Academy is to join a school that keeps your children’s future in the forefront of how we operate. It is a school that will prepare them for what is to come. We develop the leaders of tomorrow, creating global citizens who are educated, compassionate, resourceful and empowered. Our students are powerful thinkers, communicators and engaged risk-takers.

We are also in the geographic centre of the Lower Mainland, conveniently located in New Westminster, situated right on transit routes, near urban environments, parks and Highway 1. We are a defining part of this rapidly expanding neighbourhood. We are a destination school with students from New Westminster, Burnaby, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Richmond and Maple Ridge, as well as other international cities.

Our brand new campus will boast multiple storeys and over 60,000 square feet of learning space, accommodating 450 young minds. Unique spaces will host science labs, arts and performing areas, a media centre, a full sized gymnasium, community kitchen and so much more. Urban Academy positions students for success in their post-secondary initiatives and ultimately their careers.

The best part? At Urban Academy, your child receives a world-class education, without pretense, flash or fluff. That’s all there is to it.

Latest News

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 17, 2017 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you to our guests who joined us last night at Uptown for the Community AGM. It was an enjoyable evening where the Board of Directors was able to share the work of the last year and to introduce the new Strategic Plan for 2018-2023 that they have […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 10, 2017 Dear Urban Academy Families, We had an enjoyable and thoughtful Remembrance Day assembly today at Queens Ave United Church with our whole school in attendance. A number of parents were able to join us as well. Our students from the Uptown campus took the lead on both Drama and Music selections that […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 3, 2017 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you to the Hallowe’en Planning Committee for providing an enjoyable party for parents last weekend at Robson Manor. They always put care and thought in to the decorations, refreshments and a plan for guests to have fun. The students at Robson enjoyed the decorations and the ambience […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 27, 2017 Dear Urban Academy Families, As we approach Hallowe’en we have lots of very excited students. Teachers have planned activities for their students and information on those will be on blogs as well as messages home. Guidance on costumes has also been provided. We want them to have a wonderful day and we […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 19, 2017 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our Annual Appeal is in full swing and many families have already stepped up and contributed at the level they have selected. Please get your chosen contribution in as soon as you are able. I am happy to answer questions and we can help with donor choices if […]

Grade 1: Innovating Community

October 19, 2017 Each term at Urban Academy, students focus on a Unit of Inquiry – a 6-8 week in-depth exploration of a concept. To begin the unit, students are introduced to a large concept and problem posed by their teacher. The solution requires an understanding of numerous core subject areas including math, literacy, science […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 13, 2017 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a good week, focused on learning. Our grade 6-12 students had Interim Reports home this week at the mid-way point in the reporting term. This is an important function in the Senior School, we want parents to be well-apprised of the progress of their child […]

Term 1 Robson Clubs Announced

Club registration is in full swing for three clubs at our junior campus. Students can register either at the office, or on the club sign up form in the Robson foyer.  Please note the following term 1 Robson clubs: Monday 3:30pm-4:30pm: Musical Theatre Club with Mrs. Wilson (Grades 1-3) Tuesday Lunch: A Cappella Club with […]

Coming up

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November 27, 2017All Day

PAX Holiday Toy Drive

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November 27, 20173:30 pm / 4:30 pm

Musical Theatre Club (Grade 1 to 3)

Students in Grade 1 to 3 can join Musical Theatre Club, working with Mrs. Wilson after school on Mondays at the Robson Campus. The Club runs on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm and ...

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November 28, 20173:45 pm / 5:15 pm

Junior Drama Club at Uptown for Grades 3 to 7

Middle / Senior Campus Field Trips / intermediate / middle

Students Grade 3 to 7 can participate in the Junior Drama Club. Students will work with Ms. Brooke, Mr. McDiarmid and Ms. Macdonald throughout the year to prepare for their Spring Play ...

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November 29, 2017All Day

Order of Canada Event at UBC Grades 9-12

Field Trips / senior

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System and recognizes ...

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