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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Head of School’s Weekly Message

January 12, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you had an enjoyable and restful break. We are looking forward to a busy term, full of learning. Our middle school students are headed to a winter Leadership Camp, we have a guest artist in residence working in clay medium […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

December 22, 2017 Dear Urban Academy Families, The last week of school before the holidays has been filled with many wonderful classroom experiences for all of our students at both sites. Staff continue to shape learning opportunities for students focused on the work of Inspiring, Empowering, Demonstrating and Leading students through the developmental stages of […]

Term 1 Robson Clubs Announced

Club registration is in full swing for three clubs at our junior campus. Students can register either at the office, or on the club sign up form in the Robson foyer.  Please note the following term 1 Robson clubs: Monday 3:30pm-4:30pm: Musical Theatre Club with Mrs. Wilson (Grades 1-3) Tuesday Lunch: A Cappella Club with […]

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January 18, 20183:45 pm / 5:15 pm

Senior Drama Club for Grades 6 to 12

Middle / Senior Campus Drama / middle / senior

Students in Grade 6 to 12 can participate in the Senior Drama Club. Students will work with Mrs. Brooke and Ms. Macdonald throughout the year to prepare The Little ...

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January 19, 2018All Day

Cypress Mountain Snowshoe/Cross Country Trip Grades 4-8

This was a great event last year and the first time at Cypress.  Great fun was had by all so we are offering this field study again for Grades 4...

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January 22, 20188:45 am / 3:15 pm

Grade 2 & 3 Snowshoe/Toboggan Trip!

Mt. Seymour

Grade 2 and 3 students will be heading to Mt. Seymour for their "Winter Discovery" snowshoe program. They will also enjoy tobogganing in the afternoon.

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Grade 2 and 3 students will be heading to Mt. Seymour for their "Winter Discovery" snowshoe program. They will also enjoy tobogganing in the afternoon.
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January 23, 20183:45 pm / 5:15 pm

Junior Drama Club at Uptown for Grades 3 to 7

Middle / Senior Campus Field Trips / intermediate / middle

Students Grade 3 to 7 can participate in the Junior Drama Club. Students will work with Ms. Brooke, Mr. McDiarmid and Ms. Macdonald throughout the year to prepare for their Spring Play ...

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