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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Latest News

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 16, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our students will be practicing a lock down drill on Monday morning at Robson from 9:45am to 10:45am and at Uptown from 11:15am to 12:15pm. Students will not be able to leave the property and we cannot admit guests. If your child is late, we will not be […]

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 […]

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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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November 28, 2018

Surrey Art Centre – Grade 1

The Grade 1 classes will visit the Surrey Art Centre for a gallery tour and textile workshop. Student's will examine their community and create their own print in response to local ...

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