Health and Wellness

The physical and mental health of Urban Academy students is as important as their studies. Every student from JK - Grade 12 takes part in a dedicated, age-appropriate Physical Education program. Urban Academy teachers also focus on ensuring the mental well-being of our students and help equip them with lifelong tools such as mindfulness, self-regulation, stress management and self-care.


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Healthy Learning

5 core strategies to teach stress reduction and mindful learning.

Deep breathing and meditation

Weekly walks

Yoga and Tai Chi body stretches

Brain science - teaching kids about their emotions/parts of the brain

Downtime - quiet activities with calming music

wellness programs

The programs used vary by age and need of Urban Academy students. A few that have been used over the years are: 7 Habits of Happy Kids, MindUP, iGirl and iGuy. Each of these science centric programs explore positive psychology, social/emotional learning and mindful awareness and are tools that Urban Academy teachers embrace in their health and wellness instruction. As students mature, the focus of the various programs develop with them, to ensure that students are working through as relevant material as possible. These programs are woven throughout the school day, and provide teachers with lessons that can be brought to life in the classroom through immersive discovery and daily practice to drive collaboration, positive behaviour and a productive working environment.

junior & intermediate programs

Junior and Intermediate students benefit from daily age-appropriate social, emotional and physical education. Throughout the school year, they also take part in theatre performances and workshops that cover social/emotional topics, tolerance and growing up. Students learn the importance of mindful living, self-regulation, community-building activities, and a balanced lifestyle.  Developing resilient young learners is at the forefront of each child’s educational experience, as students enjoy both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities.

middle & senior programs

Middle and Senior students have many different aspects of their lives to balance on any given day. Taking time to ensure our students are healthy, and coping well with the demands of growing up is integral to UA teachers. They begin meeting in Grade 9 with a school counselor to discuss future goals and plan for success.

Opportunities to master new skills, take risks and spend time in the outdoors are proven ways to further develop resiliency and confidence. As a result, students take part in an outdoor education experience every six weeks. They enjoy a Leadership Challenge, kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering and ski days, connecting curriculum to hands-on experience and enhancing self-esteem.

Urban Academy students also compete in a number of sports against other ISABC and GVISAA (Greater Vancouver Independent Schools Athletics Association) schools. Students who sign up for teams are expected to commit to that team/sport for the remainder of the school year. Competitive sports such as soccer, track and field, basketball, volleyball and fencing allow Urban Academy students to enhance their teamwork skills, take responsibility, demonstrate leadership and build confidence.

The right education takes your child from remembering and reciting to knowing and understanding.

Stop imagining. Start achieving.

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out of school care

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

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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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Parent Auxiliary

Parent involvement is a cornerstone of our success.

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Admissions FAQ

We encourage even our future students to ask questions.

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uniforms

Our students are smart and they look it too.

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Experience UA

We link learning to real life, supporting students as they develop into the creative innovators of tomorrow.

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