This is a place where diversity thrives and students learn to grow. We do things a little differently – bringing the real world to our students and helping them understand through practical, tangible, hands-on experiences. Different is good. Different is better.

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Our environment fuels us. In March 2019, we expanded into a brand new urban school facility, fully catered to the unique, innovative learning experience we offer.

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Relevancy is more than a dynamic approach. We push ourselves to operate on the forefront of the latest innovations and breakthroughs.

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Real-world learning from the ground up – literally. Outdoor experiences elevate lessons, challenging students to study the world beyond the classroom.

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Urban Academy Is Centrally Located

The important things should always be close to home. We thought, “An exceptional academic experience needs an outstanding location!” And that’s where our facility is. Located in New Westminster, the geographic centre of the Lower Mainland, just off of Highway #1 and close to the Tri-Cities, Burnaby and Surrey, UA draws from many surrounding communities and is easily accessible by car and transit.


What we do is just as important as how we do it. These are the reasons we get up in the morning.

Our Mission

What propels us forward. Our mission gets us from point A to point B and helps us define everything in between.

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Our Vision

Where we want to go. Our vision is our horizon, our comprehensive goal and what will take us into our bright future.

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Our Values

What we’re all about. Our values represent our purpose, our passions and what we seek to achieve each and every day.

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our history

We’re proud of our roots: grounding where we’re going and marking how far we’re come.

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school leadership

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Urban Academy Media & Publications

There is a lot to know when exploring schools, and joining a new school. Check out the details that will help you get an even better idea about what we do and how we do it.

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Latest News

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

January 22, 2021 Dear UA Parents, Another eventful week has come to an end at UA. It has been nice to get a reprieve from the rain and see the blue sky. It helps us to realize that daylight hours are steadily increasing. It was also nice to see the US Presidential inauguration happen without […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

January 15, 2021 Dear UA Parents, It is amazing how fast the weeks seem to go by at Urban Academy. It is such an active place, even in the midst of the pandemic. I am so thankful and appreciative of all the efforts our teachers, students, and staff are putting in to maintain both the […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

January 8, 2021 Happy New Year UA Parents, I hope you all had a very relaxing break and found new ways to connect and celebrate over the holidays. I know for myself it was the most relaxing break that I can remember. With the restrictions in place, we didn’t have the opportunity to visit friends […]

Coming up

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January 27, 2021

Grade 3 Field Trip to the River School Discovery Centre

Students in Grade 3 will be travelling by hired bus to the New Westminster Quay for an interactive lesson on the Coastal First Peoples. They will explore the connection between Indigenous peoples, salmon, and the broader Fraser River basin, and experience the movement of salmon, storytelling and oral histories, and the many uses of native plants through an Indigenous perspective. Students will leave the school at 9:30am and return at 1pm. They will need to wear their formal uniform and bring a packable, non-messy lunch.
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January 29, 20218:30 am / 2:15 pm

Kindergarten Science Workshops

Students in Kindergarten will be participating in three exciting hands-on workshops: "Weather or Not", "Chemfun", and "Newton in a Nutshell".
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January 29, 20219:00 am / 3:00 pm

Grades 1-12 Application Deadline

Today is the Grade 1-12 2021/2022 application deadline. Applications and application fees will be welcome until 3pm. Please ensure your online applications are complete for your child to be considered for the upcoming school year. Should space still be available after the early applicants have gone through the assessment process, we may be able to consider additional applicants at a later date. Thank you.
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February 11, 20219:00 am / 3:00 pm

Junior Kindergarten Application Deadline

Today is the Junior Kindergarten 2021/2022 application deadline. Applications and application fees will be welcome until 3pm. Please ensure your online applications are complete for your child to be considered for the upcoming school year. Thank you.
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The right education takes your child from remembering and reciting to knowing and understanding.

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Welcome Message

We would like to welcome you to explore the school and learn about what is possible in education.

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Our Mission

Our most important principles help us shape who we are, where we’re going and who we want to be.

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Our New Campus

100 Braid Street in New Westminster has never looked so good.

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Our Story

Urban Academy was founded on the idea that creativity, heart and collaboration of individual talents would guide success.

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Staff Directory

Our diverse team is comprised of thinkers, innovators, movers and shakers.

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No matter how you reach out, we are happy to help.

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