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

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 […]

Coming up

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July 22, 2019

Office Closure (OOSC Still open)

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

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OurĀ  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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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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