Our academic standards are extremely high and our students represent a hybrid breed of learners and thinkers - taking on new problems and looking for better, more innovative solutions. By ensuring regular assessments, and understanding each student's learning style, teachers are able to support and challenge students accordingly, resulting in high academic achievement. We don't just ask our students to reach their potential, we help make it happen.
Urban Academy Academics
Individualized attention and regular communication with parents with regard to a student's progress ensures that Urban Academy students are reaching their potential. With our teaching style, students are excited about the subject matter and make personal connections to the curriculum.
In many subjects, self assessments and rubrics (a set of criteria and standards linked to learning objectives) are used to assess students' progress in writing, math, reading, etc. By clearly defining and setting out parameters that students can work toward, they are able to develop their skills and recognize their own growth opportunities. Staff constantly evaluate these processes to push students to achieve their potential.
Teacher Student Connections
Students and teachers regularly connect to determine a child's progress. Assessments such as the School Wide Write that indicates language learning, to math competitions revealing aptitude in math and the Foundation Skills Assessment that assesses reading, writing and mathematics are just a few of the tools used. By regularly gathering this kind of feedback, UA teaching staff are positioned to determine how students are doing and how to best support them for their ultimate academic success.
We perform regular reading and writing assessments, structured so that our teachers are able to ascertain a student’s ability. Instruction is planned accordingly to encourage students further in their areas of success and to fill in gaps with support where students are not yet fully meeting expectations.
The School Wide Write, a writing assessment, is performed twice per year. Students from K-Grade 12 are challenged with an age appropriate topic to write about. Using the BC Performance Standards our teachers assess the results and then consider how they can best be used to inform our instruction. Over the last number of years in the School Wide Write assessments, the vast majority of Urban Academy students are either fully meeting or exceeding expectations.
These assessments are designed to improve student learning and mastery of the subject matter in mathematics. The ranking criteria set out by the Ministry of Education again falls under four categories: not yet meeting, meeting, fully meeting and exceeding expectations. Annually, on average nearly 40% of Urban Academy students exceed expectations – the highest category of achievement. Again, the vast majority of all UA students are fully meeting or exceeding expectations every year.
External academic assessments are created by outside organizations. One such assessment, The Foundation Skills Assessments (FSA's) are written annually by students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 at all public and private schools in BC to provide a snapshot of how well students are learning foundation skills in reading, writing and numeracy. The year to year trend at Urban Academy is that UA students are increasingly exceeding expectations in all three areas of assessment. Over the past number of years, approximately 46% of Urban Academy students are exceeding expectations in reading, while 41% are exceeding expectations in numeracy.
At this time, due to our size we are not yet ranked by public ranking institutions such as the Fraser Institute.
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UA Honour Roll & Head of School’s Honours List
Academic excellence in all branches of traditional academic disciplines are tracked and shared through the Honour Roll and the Head of School’s Honours List. Candidacy is open to students in Grades 6-12 and they must be carrying a full load of courses and be on-track to graduate in order to qualify.
As a school that values the arts, work undertaken in Fine Arts is included when considering students for Honour Roll status. A total of six courses will be used (in combination) to calculate Honour Roll & the Head of School’s Honours List: English, Mathematics, a Science and Social Studies. In addition, two other courses will be added for calculation, one of which may be a Fine Arts or Physical Education credit. French will be used as the sixth course if a student is enrolled in French. In the year in which a student has no Social Studies, French, Math or a social science, an alternative academic course must be substituted.
The minimum standing for Honour Roll is a 3.2 GPA, for the Head of School’s Honours List the minimum GPA is 3.5. Students will not qualify if they have a grade in any course below a C, regardless of the total overall GPA. Grades are calculated as follows:
We are pleased to announce that term over term, on average about 65% of our Grade 6-12 students qualify for Honour Roll status based upon their academic achievement. Over 40% of all Grade 6-12 students are named to the esteemed Head of School's Honours List.
100% Post Secondary Acceptance Rate
Our graduates have a 100% acceptance rate to all the universities that they have applied to. They have pursued a wide variety of educational opportunities, ranging from professional theatre students and opera singers to business, medical and veterinary professionals. We are so proud of the young leaders that emerge from our program and the community leaders they all become.
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