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

September 6, 2019 Dear Urban Academy Families, We have had a wonderful first week back with our students and classes are off to an excellent start. The Back to School Barbecue was a success at Hume Park and thank you to Ben Marsolais who organized a very efficient parent crew to feed us all dinner […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

August 29, 2019 Dear Urban Academy Families, We are very much looking forward to welcoming you today and are putting this email out a day early before the last long weekend of the summer. Today please take some time to look around the building at our new teaching spaces after you have had a chance […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 26, 2019 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful end to a very full year! The students’ work has been excellent and staff are very pleased with their achievement. Our Report Card ceremonies and Commencement went off very well. Thank you to our families for your messages of thanks, and gifts of […]

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September 16, 2019

Picture Day (Formal)

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September 17, 20197:00 pm / 8:30 pm

Admissions Information Evening

Admissions Information Evenings allow interested families to learn about Urban Academy, our approach to education and what becoming part of the community would look like. Theses evening ...

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September 20, 2019

Grade 4 Field Trip to Coquitlam Watershed

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Grade 4 students are taking a bus to the Coquitlam Watershed to find out where our drinking water comes from.

They will be leaving the school at 9 am and returning at 3 ...

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September 25, 2019

New Parent Reception

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At Urban Academy, learning transcends the classroom and outdoor education is an integral learning tool at each grade level.

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