Urban Academy Admissions FAQ

We encourage even our future students to ask questions. You can find answers below to some of the most common questions our Admissions Team encounters. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you require further clarification.


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How Do You Engage Students In Their Academics?

We use technology, field study, the arts, and outdoor learning to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences. Through this approach, students understand not only what they are learning, but also why they are learning it. We bridge the gap between high-level academics and tangible applications, developing students who are excited to answer the question “What did you learn at school today?”

How Many Students Are In Each Class?

Class sizes are optimized for students of different ages, with Junior Kindergarten at eight students per teacher, Kindergarten have no more than sixteen students per teacher, and Grade One and up with less than 20 students per teacher.

Do You Have Combined Classes?

Not in our junior and middle grades, however we do have some combined classes in Grades 9-12. Multi-age classes are based on the most educationally sound groupings among students of the same educational and developmental range. We encourage collaborative learning and combine classes when it makes sense to do so.

How Are Applicants Assessed?

The application deadline for our JK and K applicants are mid November of the year prior to enrollment. Once we receive your application form and fee, JK and K applicants will be invited in for a half day assessment with their peers. Applicants who successfully move through their assessment will be invited in with their parents for an interview with the Head of School.

Students applying for Grades 1 – 12, have an early admissions deadline of January 1st 2019. After that deadline, should there be space in select grades, students can apply and go through the application process. Then all applicants are invited for their assessment morning. Applicants who have successfully passed the assessments are invited in for an interview with the Head of School (parents are included in this interview).

Candidates applying for Grades 3-12 are then invited in for their full day visit day at Urban Academy.

All students applying to Grade 1 and above will need to submit their most recent report card. We also request a current teacher complete their reference form that will be provided by admissions.

We pride ourselves in evaluating evenly and fairly, and admissions each year are based on students that represent the best fit for our learning philosophies and culture.

How Do Your Students Do In Their Academics?

Urban Academy has very high academic expectations, and our students never cease to impress us. The results speak for themselves: our graduates have a 100% acceptance rate, being accepted in every post secondary institution that they apply to. Our internal and external assessment results in reading, writing and numeracy also show that the vast majority of all Urban Academy Students are either fully meeting or exceeding expectations for their grade level.

How Is The School Financed?

We are financed by tuition fees, the BC Ministry of Education’s per capita operating grant to independent schools, and the Parent Equity program. Urban Academy also has an active advancement team made up of staff  and members of the community, focused on raising funds for various initiatives and expanding school programming.

What Are Your Fees Per Year?

A detailed outline of tuition and registration fees can be in the Tuition / Fees section of our website.

Are There Any Tuition Assistance Programs Available?

Yes. Families may apply yearly for Tuition Assistance and based on the qualifying criteria and number of applicants, may receive assistance. Applications are due in January every year, are completed online, and all applicants are kept confidential. Please visit the Tuition Assistance section of our website for more detailed information.

What Is a Parent Equity Program?

The Board of Directors at Urban Academy has instituted a Parent Equity Program that has enabled the School to purchase Robson Manor in Queen’s Park as its as its current site, and the new location in Sapperton is to be its long-term permanent site. It is a financial instrument by which the Securities Act provides a means for non-profit societies to raise funds. In short, each family is required to pay $20,000 per child in Kindergarten to Grade 12 (to a maximum of 2 children) for the time that the child is enrolled in Urban Academy. For Junior Kindergarten, each family is asked to pay $5,000 per child (up to 2 children). The sum (without interest) will then be returned to the family after the child is no longer enrolled as a student. We have set up an interest-only loan program at prime + 1% through our partners, Envision Financial for this program.

What Organizations Does Urban Academy Belong To?

Urban Academy is a member of the Independent School Association of BC (ISABC) the Federation of Independent Schools (FISA), the Greater Vancouver Independent Schools Athletic Association of BC (GVISAA), the Greater Vancouver Independent School Athletic Association, and the Network of Performance Based schools.

Who Runs The School?

Urban Academy is operated by a non-profit society (The Urban Academy Society) that was established by the founding members and governed by an appointed Board Of Directors to govern the school. The school’s Board of Directors is made up of members of the school community who are responsible for the strategic direction and financial health of the school. The Board operates at arms length from the daily affairs of the school, which are managed by Urban Academy’s Head of School.

How Are Parents Involved In Urban Academy?

Involved parents make for more successful students. Urban Academy is committed to being an environment where parents feel welcomed and included. As part of their commitment to the school, Urban Academy families are required to provide a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer time per family per year. These hours can be made up from a wide variety of options during and outside of school hours from setting up chairs for a special event, to lunch supervision one day a week. This is based on an honour system, with families using a school app to learn about opportunities available, and to log their hours. Parents are encouraged to spend time in their child’s classroom, participate in special events and share their talents with the school environment.

What is The Basic Foundation of The School?

Urban Academy is a non-denominational, co-educational independent school that provides students with challenging academic, co-curricular and extracurricular programs. The school offers an enriched academic program that meets or exceeds BC Ministry of Education requirements. Urban Academy and its staff help students become future leaders and responsible citizens by fostering high standards of personal integrity and character. Urban Academy provides a safe and nurturing learning environment that embraces diversity and prepares students for continuing study at university.

Is There a School Bus?

Urban Academy runs a centralized morning pick-up bus route coming in from North West Burnaby. The first stop is around Willingdon/Hastings beginning at 7:30am, with stops running south of the highway along Deer Lake and at the Burnaby Village Museum before carrying on to our Uptown and Robson campuses in New Westminster. As the bus route and interest grows, we will be able to add additional routes. All of our locations are accessible via Skytrain and/or city transit bus routes.

Do The Students Wear Uniforms?

Yes. Parents can expect to spend about $450 depending on the amount of extras purchased for scattered laundry days etc.

What About Physical and Outdoor Education?

Our campus boasts a full-size gymnasium, large multi-purpose room and integrated outdoor spaces to facilitate physical learning. We also have 10,000 square feed of play deck spaces throughout the school. We are a 7 minute walk from Hume Park which has soccer fields, tennis courts a playground and water park.

We also take advantage of the beautiful amenities available throughout British Columbia. As we are situated in New Westminster, we are in close proximity to Canada Games Pool, ice arenas, golf courses, ski hills and track and field facilities.

Is There Homework at Urban Academy?

Homework levels for students vary on a per grade level and sometimes individually and increase with the age of the student and with the complexity of the curriculum.

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