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

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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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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