Junior Kindergarten


JKWe believe passionately that learning should be an adventure, and that the child's experience is bound only by their imagination and dreams.

Inspired by the internationally acclaimed Reggio-Emilia teaching philosophy created in Italy, Urban Academy's Junior Kindergarten (JK) program is tailored for pre-kindergarten children. Numerous international awards have helped recognize Reggio-Emilia as the best teaching environment for a child's first out-of-home learning experience. It encourages young children and their teachers to explore, question, and discover in a stimulating environment.  The student is the communicator, the teacher is the guide, the parent is the partner and the environment is the third teacher.  As a result, there is a significant focus on bringing the outside world in, and learning through all that nature has to offer.

This philosophy embraces the natural curiosity and imagination of children to inspire within them a lifelong excitement to learn. Our aim is to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment which will cultivate children's optimal social and emotional growth as well as their physical and intellectual skills.  Our program lays the foundation for your child's lifelong skills as a learner, teaching them how to respect others, channel their natural curiosity, share and take responsibility, question and explore and use their environment to learn responsibly.

The Urban Academy JK program is open to students who turn 4 prior to December 31st of the year in which they begin at Urban Academy.  Should parents want their children to take two years of JK, the child must turn 3 prior to April in order to start in September.  JK students take part in all school-wide activities, have primary grade reading buddies and truly integrate into the larger school.  Staff to student ratio in the JK program is set at a max of an 1:8 ratio.  Parents can opt for a three day, four day or five day program, all of which are full day programs running from 9am - 3pm.  Selection of days for part-time students is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  

"The positive and creative environment in JK at Urban Academy has allowed my child to grow faster than I could have imagined in her vocabulary, her printing, and her confidence." ~ Parent of a UA JK Student

For further details regarding the Urban Academy Junior Kindergarten Program, please visit the following links:

Urban Academy Reggio Emilia Approach

Junior Kindergarten Admission Process