Innovative Learning

Innovation means more than using technology to learn. It's about transforming the way learning happens and bringing the latest breakthroughs into the educational experience. Urban Academy students are prepared for a world of constant change with strong foundational skills and the ability to be responsive to a changing environment.

preparing students for future careers

From MacBooks, mimeos, and iPads to a plethora of educational apps and software, students are able to enhance their learning by using the latest tools available.

preparing digital citizens

As students advance through Urban Academy, their lessons increase in complexity, so every moment counts. Middle school students learn typing skills and technology efficiency. Senior students delve further into the world of innovation in IT class, conducting research, building presentations and creating multimedia projects.

Innovation exists (and thrives) at every level of Urban Academy. Students begin by learning through language based apps to help with reading and eventually even learn to build personalized ePortfolios to display their body of work in their senior years.

Junior |

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

We believe that the best way for JK's to learn is by introducing early skills through emergent curriculum. Our talented teachers recognize the interests of the students, and introduce age appropriate skills at the appropriate moments. Past students have created an entire skeletons from clay and explored the skeletal and circulatory systems. Other classes have written their own books to be "published", learning about language and storytelling. And still other classes have created musical instruments, written and conducted their own songs and truly brought their music to life. By challenging what learning looks like, we are able to push the limits of what young children can achieve.

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Primary |

K - grade 1

Offering students new ways to learn is one of the more innovative way to transfer knowledge. It takes more effort to infuse the latest innovations into lessons, but the results speak for themselves. Using new apps and tech tools and offering technology class is standard here, and every day we expand what it means to get an education. The early years, students will use iPads to support their learning in reading, spelling, science and math. By experimenting with the creation of avatars and animated characters, students gain an early introduction to the concept of coding.

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Intermediate |

grades 2 - 5

From apps to iPads, students learn through the innovations of today. They are introduced to using new apps that help them form presentations and demonstrate their learning. Through such programs as Powerpoint, Avatar Presentations and Book Maker where they make their very first poetry books and create presentations that include integrated research projects. Further, students participate in a technology class where they continue to build on their computer skills, getting comfortable with the latest software and learning about Internet safety.

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Middle |

grades 6 - 9

At Urban Academy, students learn how to learn. We believe the world is constantly evolving, so we teach students to continuously evolve with it. Learning is never finished, so today our students are learning to code and eventually they will be developing their own apps. Students are constantly engaging with Adobe Creative Suite, ePortfolios, iPads and MacBook Pros to do their work and demonstrate their learning. Our digital citizenship program continues through the middle school years with a strong focus on media literacy and Internet safety.

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Senior |

grades 10 - 12

Innovation is more than the latest tools - it's a way of thinking. Our students learn to see the world through the lens of innovation, identifying new needs, meaningful breakthroughs and spearheading the ideas of tomorrow. Urban Academy students are inspired to learn with technology - integrating ePortfolios and MacBook Pros to explore new topics and present ideas. They learn to code, developing an extremely relevant skill while discovering the doors this skill can open. Students also learn with a strong focus on media literacy and Internet safety, delving into what information is true, how to fact check, how to interact with others online and how to stay protected.

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

February 16, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, We have had a very enjoyable week working with your children. Our grade 3-12 students enjoyed a pep rally held at Queens Ave United Church yesterday. This was the opportunity for our Uptown students to welcome the Robson grade 3 students into their House for September 2018 when […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

February 8, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful week working with your children. Field study is in full swing with a number of excellent learning opportunities planned for students at every level. February is also the month we host Science Expo at Uptown so please mark your calendars to join us […]

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February 27, 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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February 28, 2018All Day

Pink Shirt Day

Students are encouraged to wear pink shirts to show their intolerance of bullying in their communities.

Note: Students can wear a pink shirt or sweater in place ...

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February 28, 2018

Wednesday Hot Lunch with Foodie Kids

PAX also offers hot lunch every Wednesday through Foodie Kids. Orders must be placed on the Tuesday one week prior to the hot lunch date and orders or changes can ...

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March 1, 201810:15 am

VSO Field Trip for Grade 1 to 3

Field Trips / Junior

Grade 1 to 3 Classes will visit the VSO to Meet the Animals!

William Rowson, conductor

Learn about the instruments and sections of the orchestra through ...

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creativity

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

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experiential

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

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integrated approach

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

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academic excellence

We don't just ask our students to reach their potential. We make it happen.

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learning at UA

The Urban Academy learning experience is an engaging, integrated, finely tuned set of programs, curriculum and curated encounters.

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Our team works hard to make the application process easy, guiding you and determining if Urban Academy is the right fit.

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