Experiential Learning

At Urban Academy, learning transcends the classroom, and outdoor education is an integral learning tool at each grade level. We fully believe that meaningful learning happens through integration, so it’s no surprise that our outdoor education program is extensive.

cross-curricular approach

By linking activities such as water sports to physics, and mountain exploration to biodiversity, students apply their studies to the world.

outdoor education curriculum

Students are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves physically, demonstrating courage and leadership through new experiences. They build brain power, overcome obstacles, learn to work together and grow in their self-confidence.

Sometimes a change of scenery makes all the difference

Spending time outdoors motivates children to learn, keeps them attentive, develops their cognitive and social abilities, improves academic performance, stimulates the imagination, and improves classroom behaviour. At Urban Academy, outdoor education is an integral learning tool at each grade level.

Junior |

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

Students are introduced to science using rocks and outdoor elements to build structures, create instruments, write music, and explore the world around them. They monitor the ducks in spring at the duck pond across the street to see what happens in nature, and observe shadows to learn about the sun, clouds, and time of day.

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Primary |

K - grade 1

At Urban Academy, the environment becomes the curriculum. Students are energized and connected to their studies by actually getting out and experiencing what they are learning about. They enjoy daily physical activity outside, and teachers take classroom learning beyond the classroom walls at every available opportunity during the regular school week.

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Intermediate |

grades 2 - 5

Students venture into the outdoor environment each week to observe how the scenery is changing, enjoy recess and daily physical activity outdoors, and also take Physical Education and Science labs outside. They use their environments for inspiration for poetry and literacy, drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature. Students also explore Mount Seymour for snowshoeing and skating days, and participate in camp week at the end of the year. Further, students use outdoor elements in their art projects, bringing found items in and use them in new and thoughtful ways.

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Middle |

grades 6 - 9

Students use the environment as inspiration for poetry and literacy, and attend Mount Seymour Ski trips twice a year. The Outdoor Education program begins in Grade 6, integrating subjects like rock climbing, bobsledding, hiking and water survival with core academics. Learning throughout the year connects outdoor experiences to environmental sciences and stewardship and First Nations culture. Physical Education class also integrates new outdoor activities including archery, golf, hiking, snowshoeing, skating and more. Students create art with elements found outdoors including sticks, rocks and flowers. Camp week at the end of the school year allows students to experience diverse outdoor challenges and build independence.

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Senior |

grades 10 - 12

Urban Academy Grade 10-12 students get outside and explore the wild. With a Whistler ski and bobsled trip, art projects with outdoor elements and outdoor inspiration for poetry and literacy projects, it isn't hard to see the impact outdoor learning has on students. Senior students also have access to an Outdoor Education program integrating activities like rock climbing, bobsledding, hiking and water survival with core academics. Physical Education integrates new activities outside, and a camp week at the end of the year further allows students to discover the great outdoors while demonstrating their leadership skills.

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Latest News

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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 […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 21, 2019 Dear Urban Academy Families, It has been a wonderful week with a number of year end activities for students as well as final exams and projects due for our older students. Sports Day was a lot of fun for everyone and Hume Park is a very enjoyable new venue for us to […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 14, 2019 Dear Urban Academy Families, We had an excellent week. The Grade 6 and 7 students have been at Strathcona Park Lodge camp since Tuesday and have enjoyed themselves. Strathcona is an excellent camp, especially for middle school students, in a beautiful part of our province. They will arrive home this afternoon tired […]

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July 22, 2019

Office Closure (OOSC Still open)

Our  Business and Administration office will be closed for this two week period. OOSC will still run during this time.

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Our  Business and Administration office will be closed for this two week period. OOSC will still run during this time.
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September 10, 2019

Meet the Teacher Night

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September 16, 2019

Picture Day (Formal)

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Urban Academy focuses on creative perspectives in learning, enabling students to develop their own processes.

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Being involved in the lessons allows students develop their skills while absorbing new knowledge.

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