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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Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 9, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you to our parents who joined us for the Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday at Queens Ave United Church. The middle school students took the lead on the music and poetry and one of our graduates this year was our speaker. Alice Pinheiro spoke on valuing peace […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 2, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our students enjoyed their week, especially with Hallowe’en in the middle of it, always a special time of year for youngsters. Please scroll down in today’s email to see an invitation from our Board of Directors to the community AGM on November 20. We look forward to hosting […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 26, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It has been a full and productive week. We have completed some baseline assessments in the school; School Wide Writes to assess the level of writing from primary through to senior, Numeracy Assessments in Grades 2-6 and individual Reading Assessments in Grades 1-5. This helps us plan instruction […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 18, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It was a wonderful week working with your children. We are getting to know our new students and new families well and we appreciate our veteran families reaching out to those who are new to the community to make them feel welcome. The volunteer opportunities are starting to […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 12, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It has been a glorious autumn week, the weather is lovely and the colours are starting to turn. It is also cooler, especially in the mornings. Please ensure that your child has outdoor wear that will allow them to play outdoors, we take the students out everyday and […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 5, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Field study, athletics and co-curricular opportunities are well underway for the fall term. Our boys’ Grade 5 Soccer team won handily playing Meadowridge this week and girls’ Volleyball played hard at Southpointe. Our athletic program is growing and our students are becoming more confident competitors. We are looking […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 28, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful final week of September. It was a pleasure hosting our new families at the New Parents’ Reception on Wednesday night and we hope that they enjoyed the chance to connect with community leaders and spend a little time getting to know each other. […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 21, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful week as we settle back into school routines and establish new ones for our new families. On Monday of the upcoming week, September 24, our full school assembly takes place at Olivet Baptist Church from 1:30pm to 2:10pm. This first assembly is always […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 14, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for joining us for the Meet the Teacher evenings at both campuses this week. This is an important part of orientation for new families but also for our returning families, as they get to know the expectations of a new grade, curriculum and new set of […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 7, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, We had a wonderful school opening this week, welcoming our returning students back to school and getting to know all of the new ones. Thank you for working through the routines with your child, uniform, drop-off and pick-up and getting schedules organized. We are spending a fair amount […]

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November 16, 201812:00 pm / 1:00 pm

PAX Hot Lunch

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November 20, 20187:00 pm / 8:00 pm

Annual General Meeting

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November 23, 2018

Pro-D Day – No School

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November 26, 2018 to December 7, 2018

PAX Holiday Toy Drive

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