Urban Academy Campus Life

Creating an environment where students thrive is at the forefront of everything we do. Every day is new and exciting – full of multifaceted learning opportunities. Students are guided to engage in creative challenges, as they grow into independent, resilient and empowered young adults.

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a day in the life

Urban Academy exclusively provides experiences that are hands-on, relevant and interesting. Keeping students’ lives engaging helps them stay inspired and reach their full potential. They tackle real-world challenges like creating a small business, manufacturing and marketing products. The friendships, experiences, creative opportunities and academics that begin here last a lifetime, as every graduate becomes a successful, mindful global citizen.

Junior Kindergarten

8:45-9:00 Arrive at school and participate in parent/child reading before class begins
9:00-9:20 Participate in gathering circle to share thoughts and ideas
9:20-9:30 Read a new book and explore putting together an original story
9:30-9:55 Go outside for recess and enjoy a healthy snack with friends
9:55-10:25 Discover French through story telling
10:25-11:45 Explore time – today it’s science and building a skeleton from clay
11:45-12:30 (Recess) Get outside for free play
12:30-12:45 (Lunch) Eat lunch to refuel for the afternoon
12:45-1:45 Quiet time to relax and recharge with a book or listening to calm music
1:45-2:30 Outside explore time at the park
2:30-3:00 Reflect on the day and say hi to parent, grandparent or the Out Of School Care Staff who come and pick me up

Kindergarten - Grade 3

8:35 The classroom doors open, I say hi to my teacher and bye to my parents and go put my backpack away
8:45-8:59 Participate in Opening Circle assembly with a few different grades to learn about mindfulness and a key community activity
8:59-9:00 Enter the classroom ready to start my day
9:00-9:55 Engage in a story workshop and act out events with drama integration
9:55-10:25 Time for recess, grab your coat!
10:25-11:20 Come back inside, enjoy a quick snack and practice for the spring play performance during Music Class
11:20 – 12:15 Attend IT class and learn the basics of computer coding
12:15 – 12:50 (Recess) Get outside to play grounders with other classmates
12:50-1:05 (Lunch) Reenergize for the afternoon with a healthy lunch
1:05 – 1:15 Drop Everything and Read for 15 minutes to relax and unwind
1:15 – 2:15 Head outside for soccer lessons during Physical Education
2:15 3:10 Complete math puzzles with student mentors during “buddy” time
3:10-3:15 Reflect on the day and say hi to my parents or grandparents who pick me up

Grades 4 - 9

8:15-8:30 Arrive at school, greet friends, put my backpack in my locker and get to homeroom
8:30-9:30 Learn about digital citizenship in IT and research where some online information originates from
9:30-10:50 Head to Photography Class and learn from an Artist in Residence
10:50-11:35 Attend English Class and study First Nations legends
11:35-12:35 Take a lunch break to reenergize and refuel
12:35-1:35 Go to Physical Education to learn hip hop dance and set a fitness goal for the month
1:35-2:35 Settle into Science Class and learn about the environment through a First Nations perspective
2:35-3:40 Head over to Band Class to work on percussion instruments and vocals and test out new approaches

Grades 10 - 12

8:15-8:30 Get to school, greet other students and get organized for the first class of the day
8:30-9:30 Sit down in Chemistry Class to learn about the structure of atoms
9:30-10:50 Attend Social Studies to learn the basic foundations of Canadian Laws
10:50-11:35 Head to Art Class to work on a printmaking project
11:35-12:35 Eat some lunch and catch up with friends
12:35-1:35 Go to English Class to study the historical context of the month’s novel
1:35-2:35 Delve into Math Class and work on integral calculus
2:35-3:40 Finish up the day with a Physical Education lesson in white water survival

Family Commitments

Involved parents support successful students. We believe in integrated education and parents and families are no exception. Urban Academy families serve 35 volunteer hours per year, contribute to our Parent Equity Program and commit to our Code of Conduct. Keeping families linked to their child's education sets them up for optimal achievement.

Our School Community

From business professionals to talented actors and community leaders, we draw on a multitude of skills and abilities to enrich our school community. Parents collaborate and share expertise with teachers to create unique learning opportunities that connect lessons to life outside the classroom walls. Every member of the Urban Academy community is committed to giving students the best learning experience possible.

Community Service

Urban Academy students understand that being of service can take many different forms. Their education includes gaining new perspectives and building character, teaching compassion for others and demonstrating the impact of positive actions. Tangible activities such as community service hours and Community Service Club allow for students to delve into various opportunities. We encourage all students to get involved, stand up for what they believe in and give back to their communities.

school houses

Representing aspects of New Westminster’s history, the Urban Academy house system is made up of four houses: the Anvils, the Sappers, the Hyacks and the Royals. Each house is co-ed and includes members of the student body from Grades 4-12 and faculty. Students from the same families belong to the same houses to keep house pride alive at school and at home. Each house is led by Senior House Captains with guidance from their two teacher house mentors, earning points throughout the year for effort, bravery, spirit and achievement.

Friendly competition between houses fuels students’ passion and ignites their sense of pride. Students develop a sense of team and an understanding of community, while being afforded invaluable opportunities for friendship, team building and commitment. At the end of each school year, the team with the most points is commemorated on the coveted Urban Plaque.

The following house descriptors and cheers were written by the houses themselves under the leadership of Urban Academy Senior Student House Leaders.

The Hyacks
Everyone in the Hyack house will empower their fellow students to become strong, confident individuals, to do a great job in whatever they are doing. Hyacks are always ready to step up and pitch in where help is needed, building a stronger school and a stronger community.

Hyack chant

Ready aye Ready!
Stand up and cheer
Ready aye Ready!
The Hyacks are here!
Leading as one!
get the job done!
We are here to have some fun
Ready aye Ready!
Let’s have some fun!
Out of the fire
blue will inspire
Our sea of blue will inspire you
Show the fire, show the fight
We come to show
What is right
Ready aye Ready the Hyacks are here!

The Sappers
Those sorted into Sapper House are born leaders. They are hands-on, focused and solution-oriented. Sappers demonstrate ability and leadership by recognizing everyone’s diverse strengths, working together as a community to achieve common goals and empowering others to make good decisions.

Sappers chant

Give me a hammer, give me a wrench
Inspiring each other to empower the rest
We are Sappers, we are proud
Sing our cheer and sing it loud

The Royals
Being a Royal means being a cut above - students in this house lead by example and uphold the ideas of Urban Academy education. Royals empower one another to become leaders by listening, helping each other and working together to make a difference.

Royal chant

We are Royal
Strong, brave, and Loyal
Here to unite
And demonstrate what’s right.
Lead with Grace
And keep each other safe
Empower to create
Inspire to be great!
We are the Royals!

The Anvils
All Anvils work together to achieve a common goal - strength and power in diversity. They are highly motivated and inspire one another to exude courage and confidence in all that they do, promoting creative problem solving and diverse perspectives to any challenge faced.

Anvil chant

We will, We will,
Rock you down,
Shake you up!
Like a volcano,
About to erupt!
We are Anvils,
Here to say!
We are gonna lead the day!
Go Anvils!

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Latest News

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 16, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our students will be practicing a lock down drill on Monday morning at Robson from 9:45am to 10:45am and at Uptown from 11:15am to 12:15pm. Students will not be able to leave the property and we cannot admit guests. If your child is late, we will not be […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 9, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you to our parents who joined us for the Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday at Queens Ave United Church. The middle school students took the lead on the music and poetry and one of our graduates this year was our speaker. Alice Pinheiro spoke on valuing peace […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 2, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our students enjoyed their week, especially with Hallowe’en in the middle of it, always a special time of year for youngsters. Please scroll down in today’s email to see an invitation from our Board of Directors to the community AGM on November 20. We look forward to hosting […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 26, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It has been a full and productive week. We have completed some baseline assessments in the school; School Wide Writes to assess the level of writing from primary through to senior, Numeracy Assessments in Grades 2-6 and individual Reading Assessments in Grades 1-5. This helps us plan instruction […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 18, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It was a wonderful week working with your children. We are getting to know our new students and new families well and we appreciate our veteran families reaching out to those who are new to the community to make them feel welcome. The volunteer opportunities are starting to […]

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 […]

Coming up

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November 20, 20187:00 pm / 8:00 pm

Annual General Meeting

November 23, 2018

Pro-D Day – No School

November 26, 2018 to December 7, 2018

PAX Holiday Toy Drive

November 28, 2018

Surrey Art Centre – Grade 1

The Grade 1 classes will visit the Surrey Art Centre for a gallery tour and textile workshop. Student's will examine their community and create their own print in response to local ...


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