fbpx

Experiential Learning

At Urban Academy, learning transcends the classroom, and outdoor education is an integral learning tool at each grade level. We fully believe that meaningful learning happens through integration, so it’s no surprise that our outdoor education program is extensive.

cross-curricular approach

By linking activities such as water sports to physics, and mountain exploration to biodiversity, students apply their studies to the world.

outdoor education curriculum

Students are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves physically, demonstrating courage and leadership through new experiences. They build brain power, overcome obstacles, learn to work together and grow in their self-confidence.

Sometimes a change of scenery makes all the difference

Spending time outdoors motivates children to learn, keeps them attentive, develops their cognitive and social abilities, improves academic performance, stimulates the imagination, and improves classroom behaviour. At Urban Academy, outdoor education is an integral learning tool at each grade level.

Pre-Primary |

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

Students are introduced to science using rocks and outdoor elements to build structures, create instruments, write music, and explore the world around them. They monitor the ducks in spring at the duck pond across the street to see what happens in nature, and observe shadows to learn about the sun, clouds, and time of day.

learn more +

Junior School |

K - grade 3

At Urban Academy, the environment becomes the curriculum. Students are energized and connected to their studies by actually getting out and experiencing what they are learning about. They enjoy daily physical activity outside, and teachers take classroom learning beyond the classroom walls at every available opportunity during the regular school week.

learn more +

Lower Middle |

grades 4 - 6

Students venture into the outdoor environment each week to observe how the scenery is changing, enjoy recess and daily physical activity outdoors, and also take Physical Education and Science labs outside. They use their environments for inspiration for poetry and literacy, drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature. Students also explore Mount Seymour for snowshoeing and skating days, and participate in camp week at the end of the year. Further, students use outdoor elements in their art projects, bringing found items in and use them in new and thoughtful ways.

learn more +

Upper Middle |

grades 7 - 8

Students use the environment as inspiration for poetry and literacy, and attend Mount Seymour Ski trips twice a year. The Outdoor Education program integrates subjects like rock climbing, dragon boating, hiking and water survival with core academics. Learning throughout the year connects outdoor experiences to environmental sciences and stewardship and First Nations culture. Physical Education class also integrates new outdoor activities including archery, golf, hiking, snowshoeing, skating and more. Students create art with elements found outdoors including sticks, rocks and flowers. Camp week at the end of the school year allows students to experience diverse outdoor challenges and build independence.

learn more +

Senior School |

grades 9 - 12

Urban Academy Grade 9-12 students get outside and explore the wild. With a Whistler ski trips, excursions like Bamfield Marine Science Centre, art projects with outdoor elements and outdoor inspiration for poetry and literacy projects, it isn't hard to see the impact outdoor learning has on students. Senior students also have access to an Outdoor Education program integrating activities like rock climbing, bobsledding, hiking and water survival with core academics. Physical Education integrates new activities outside, and a camp week at the end of the year further allows students to discover the great outdoors while demonstrating their leadership skills.

learn more +

Latest News

see all news
Head of School’s Weekly Message

May 7, 2021 Dear UA Parents, That sure felt like a quick week! I can certainly feel the pace picking up around the school as we start to look toward the end of the school year. One of the highlights this week was definitely seeing all the student art on display in front of the […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

April 30, 2021 Dear UA Parents, Happy Friday everyone. It was great to see students back on campus this week after the remote learning last week (or self-isolation for some of our students and staff). I am very impressed with the support and cooperation everyone in the community displayed over the last couple of weeks. […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

April 23, 2021 Dear UA Parents, I hope everyone has had a good week of remote learning. I would like to thank everyone for being adaptable and making the quick transition on very short notice. It was very impressive to see how seamlessly the switch to remote learning occurred. Well done students, staff, and parents. […]

Coming up

see calendar
Parent Event / School Events
May 15, 2021

UA Virtual Gala

This year's 2021 Urban Academy Gala will be one for the memory books - as our very first Virtual Gala. Further details and ticket sales will open in Feb 2021, but mark your calendars for an exciting virtual UA fundraiser, complete with entertainment, student art and silent auction.
Read More

The right education takes your child from remembering and reciting to knowing and understanding.

Stop imagining. Start achieving.

inqure today

creativity

Urban Academy focuses on creative perspectives in learning, enabling students to develop their own processes.

learn more +

innovation

Urban Academy innovates the way learning happens, bringing the latest breakthroughs into every aspect of the educational experience.

learn more +

integrated approach

Being involved in the lessons allows students develop their skills while absorbing new knowledge.

learn more +

academic excellence

We don't just ask our students to reach their potential. We make it happen.

learn more +

Admissions FAQ

We encourage even our future students to ask questions.

learn more +

Junior

We believe that by inspiring children, they will accomplish great things.

learn more +