'My day’ as outlined by one of UA’s Senior students:
Life as a senior student in Urban Academy is pretty amazing. Lockers are near to all of the senior classes, so it is easy to get what we need to start the day. Classes are full of activities and discussions. In science, we just finished creating a 3-D DNA model. The classes can be challenging, but there aren’t too many of us, so the teacher has time to help anyone who needs it.
We also take part in activities that blend two or more classes together. In Math and Art we are working on tessellations. Being able to work on the same concept in two subject areas helps me understand how math can really be relevant, and I am able to see the different aspects of tessellations. We also have opportunities for performance in music and drama, which is always a highlight as we’re encouraged to take risks that I wouldn’t otherwise take. We have Phys-Ed twice a week, and get outside for a break every afternoon.
We sometimes work with younger students, helping with their writing or reading. It is fun to interact with primary kids during Buddy Time and they love having older friends as well.
We have special events that Student Council sets up, like the Halloween dance, Valentine chocolate exchange, and the Spring Fling dance. We have a lot of field trips, and the whole school goes to camp in June. Along with our schoolwork, we also help out in the local community. The senior students help at a neighbourhood Church's hot lunch program and we get to learn more about our community. At Urban Academy we feel like a close family. Everyone knows and respects each other. The teachers are open, approachable, and always willing to answer my questions. The home-like feeling and the fact that I think the teachers really care about me makes Urban Academy a great place to come to everyday!