An Integrated Approach

An integrated approach to learning implies hands-on involvement that brings understanding to life. Being involved in the lessons allows students to develop their skills while absorbing new knowledge. Urban Academy prepares students for real life, and with that comes preparation for the evolved and dynamic careers of the future.

an environment of
questioning

Rather than teachers imparting knowledge, students ask questions, determine interests, and guide their own learning.

engaging with their learning

Students share their expertise with peers, teaching what they have learned about their individual interests. From anime to the history of music, their quest for knowledge is constant and limitless. This approach strengthens students' ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems.

This approach allows students to become experts in the subject matter of the curriculum. Urban Academy students are constantly encouraged and supported to learn more about their passions, and are more motivated to achieve academic excellence when they are personally invested in their studies. With small class sizes, all students and expected to participate in classroom discussions, share their questions and work together to discover new information.

Junior |

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

Students have the opportunity to use puppets and reenact scenarios to work through social challenges and any peer conflict. They study animals by taking a trip to the SPCA, and even spend a day per month cooking with JK parents and grandparents to learn about different cultures through food.

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Primary |

K - grade 1

What better way to connect students to the real world than to actually bring local community figures into the classroom. Urban Academy brings in police officers, doctors, postal workers, mechanics and other professionals into class to present how individuals make up a community and the vital roles that they each play. Community Service Club allows students to serve those in the community through food making and letter writing programs. Students have the opportunity to explore who they are to gain insight into the world and what they want to achieve with their lives.

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Intermediate |

grades 2 - 5

Urban Academy connects students with thought leaders and experts in their field of interest who can offer information and insights on projects and areas of study. Through a deliberate mindfulness program, students are taught how their brain has been created, the different parts, and how it determines their actions and reactions. There are routines in place that build independence, balanced with "buddy time" with younger mentees to work through through projects, reading and math games and ultimately build leadership skills.

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Middle |

grades 6 - 9

Urban Academy brings students closer to their careers by accessing experts in various fields to learn about real life opportunities. Students engage in projects such as creating a superhero around an element on the periodic table to teach them element properties in an engaging way. They also explore traditional First Nations art techniques, exploring legends and learning from a First Nations artist in residence.

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Senior |

grades 10 - 12

For students in Grades 10-12, connecting education to careers is immediately relevant. Students meet regularly with their guidance counselor to plan post secondary opportunities and learn about the programs available to them. This program also includes discovery trips to post secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. There are significant leadership development opportunities including Leadership Day at the beginning of the year, House Leader roles to help their houses develop house cheers/a house story and opportunities to run intramural games. Finally, Grade 10-12 students can also connect with other youth at province-wide leadership conferences.

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Latest News

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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 […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

August 31, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you to all of our families who joined us for the Back to School Barbeque. We welcomed a large number of new families to the school. It was a full yard of excited students and families who connected after a summer away. This has always been a […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 22, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful year working with your children and with all of our school community. It has been a year of exceptional change at Urban Academy as we prepare to welcome another new group of families and plan for our last few months at the two […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 15, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our middle school students return today from an excellent camp experience this week at Strathcona Lodge on Vancouver Island. Strathcona offers a wonderful program and is well-suited to that age group. Middle school campers need a full program, great food and lot of activity and learning, and that […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 8, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, This week we enjoyed meeting with all of our new Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten families for an orientation to Urban Academy. We have 39 new students to welcome in those two classes alone so there are many new families to get to know and to share the school’s […]

Coming up

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October 16, 2018

Irving House Museum

Students will step back in time to explore a day in the life of New Westminster pioneers.

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Students will step back in time to explore a day in the life of New Westminster pioneers.
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October 16, 2018

Burnaby Village Museum

The Grade 4 students will head to Burnaby Village Museum to participate in the Business as Usual Tour. Students will learn about life in Burnaby and New Westminster in the 1920's ...

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October 17, 20187:00 pm / 8:30 pm

Admissions Information Evening

Junior Campus Admissions

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 sessions are ...

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October 18, 2018

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

In Grade 3, students are exploring Community and Volunteerism. They will be traveling to Old Orchard Park to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

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In Grade 3, students are exploring Community and Volunteerism. They will be traveling to Old Orchard Park to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
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creativity

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

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senior

We believe that by encouraging children to lead, they will change the world.

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middle

We believe that by allowing children to demonstrate their knowledge, they will build confidence.

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intermediate

We believe that by empowering children, they will create their own pathways to success.

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primary

We believe that by inspiring children, they will accomplish great things.

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junior

We believe that by following the enthusiasm of young minds, they will open big doors.

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