Creative Learning

Urban Academy focuses on creative perspectives in learning, enabling students to develop their own processes and express themselves and their understandings through the arts and technology. Creativity transcends traditional art classes, and students are encouraged to come up with creative solutions across all disciplines.

arts thrive here

Every UA student explores creativity in their education, learning subjects through a process that deepens their understanding and encourages new ideas.

arts integrated education

Students from JK-Grade 9 learn language arts, science, mathematics, social studies and other subjects in a process that deepens their understanding, while encouraging their creativity. The arts are used to enhance academics, promote self-confidence, and allow for more complex thinking.

By using the arts to motivate students, Urban Academy is able to harness the power of creativity, and guide students to explore learning in new ways. Students express themselves across multiple media from photoshop and music to paint and learn to look at the world in new ways.

Junior |

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

JK students use clay, paint, sketching tools, building materials and other media to create, discover, and explore. Their projects have included creating self portraits, free play, dress up, a home corner, and games centered around social and emotional learning opportunities. Drama and music lessons also introduce students to other diverse forms of learning.

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Primary |

K - grade 1

Students use art, drama and music to bring core academics to life. They integrate First Nations drumming into the music program to study community, culture and diversity and they are taught about great contemporary Canadian artists such as Ted Harrison and Emily Carr to learn techniques and Canadian art history. As an example, students are introduced to artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and the Kandinsky circles to bring to life the concepts of geometric shapes that they are learning about in math.

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Intermediate |

grades 2 - 5

Now that they have a foundation of creative skills and understanding, students are introduced to more complex art techniques such as printmaking and mosaics. They explore various art forms and how they emerged from different cultures. Teachers connect core academics to the arts by linking subjects such as music to math or drama with French. We focus on teaching literacy in every sense, and musical literacy (through recorders, ukuleles, xylophones, and other percussion instruments) as well as acting skills are no exception. Students learn drama and music in their regular school week and can join musical theatre club or junior choir as extra curricular activities.

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Middle |

grades 6 - 9

Students are introduced to more complex creative disciplines including photography and graphic design, where they get hands-on experience with industry technologies such as Photoshop. They use art, drama and music to bring core academics to life. Students use the arts to display their learning in a tangible way. By using tools such as Pythagorean Triangles in drawing projects, or creating to-scale models of historical events in Social Studies, they are able to see how to practically apply the skills they are acquiring in the classroom.

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Senior |

grades 10 - 12

Grade 10-12 students are exposed to a variety of art techniques. Photoshop, photography, graphic design, art, drama and music are integrated into their learning. They use the arts to show an understanding of their learning, such as Social Studies lessons reflected in era-appropriate projects through journals, media arts, vignettes and other creative projects that bring their studies to life. Drama Club and Theatre Class offer opportunities for performance which builds confidence and encourages risk taking. In music class, students can participate in vocals, rock band and concert band.

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Latest News

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

January 11, 2019 Dear Urban Academy Families, Happy New Year! I hope that all of our families had an enjoyable break. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school and are excited about the upcoming year. 2019 will be a wonderful year. Staff have been back in working to prepare for our move […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

December 21, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, As 2018 draws to a close and we prepare to enjoy the holiday season, I wanted to reflect on the development of our school in the last year. We are in the midst of realizing a number of goals we set for ourselves over this last year. Our […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

December 14, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for joining us for our Winter Concert production at the Massey Theatre on Wednesday night. Our program is maturing and you can see the development of our students’ learning in the performance arts. Thank you to our staff for their leadership in this area, Mrs. Brooke, […]

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January 25, 2019

Home Clothes Day

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January 25, 201912:00 am

Outdoor Education – Ski Day at Mt. Seymour

Grade 4-5 will head to Mount Seymour to ski!

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Grade 4-5 will head to Mount Seymour to ski!
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January 25, 2019

PAX Hot Lunch

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January 29, 2019

Staff Appreciation Day

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