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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 22, 2020 Hello UA Parents, Happy Thursday, everyone. It appears that sweater season has arrived. The cool temperatures outside are a reminder to make sure that students are dressing in layers so that they can be comfortable inside the school and outside when they are playing on the decks. The pace at Urban Academy […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 16, 2020 Hello UA Parents, Having the holiday on Monday this week allowed me a chance to relax with my family, and it also meant I had some time to watch Netflix. I recommend Netflix subscribers to check out the documentary titled “My Octopus Teacher”. It is a fabulous story of a man who […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 9, 2020 Hello UA Parents, Our first full week of October is now in the books. It started with World Teacher Day on Monday, definitely the highlight of my week as Ms. MacLeod and I went around the school to recognize each of our wonderful UA teachers in front of their students and presented […]

Coming up

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October 28, 2020 to October 29, 2020All working days

Parent-Teacher Interviews


October 29, 2020

Early Dismissal


November 3, 20207:00 pm / 8:15 pm

New Parent Reception


November 4, 20207:00 pm / 8:15 pm

New Parent Reception


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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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