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Innovative Learning

Innovation means more than using technology to learn. It's about transforming the way learning happens and bringing the latest breakthroughs into the educational experience. Urban Academy students are prepared for a world of constant change with strong foundational skills and the ability to be responsive to a changing environment.

preparing students for future careers

From MacBooks, mimeos, and iPads to a plethora of educational apps and software, students are able to enhance their learning by using the latest tools available.

preparing digital citizens

As students advance through Urban Academy, their lessons increase in complexity, so every moment counts. Middle school students learn typing skills and technology efficiency. Senior students delve further into the world of innovation in IT class, conducting research, building presentations and creating multimedia projects.

Innovation exists (and thrives) at every level of Urban Academy. Students begin by learning through language based apps to help with reading and eventually even learn to build personalized ePortfolios to display their body of work in their senior years.

Pre-Primary |

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

We believe that the best way for JK's to learn is by introducing early skills through emergent curriculum. Our talented teachers recognize the interests of the students, and introduce age appropriate skills at the appropriate moments. Past students have created an entire skeletons from clay and explored the skeletal and circulatory systems. Other classes have written their own books to be "published", learning about language and storytelling. And still other classes have created musical instruments, written and conducted their own songs and truly brought their music to life. By challenging what learning looks like, we are able to push the limits of what young children can achieve.

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Junior School |

K - Grade 3

Offering students new ways to learn is one of the more innovative way to transfer knowledge. It takes more effort to infuse the latest innovations into lessons, but the results are significant. Using new apps and tech tools and offering technology class is standard here, and every day we expand what it means to get an education. Technology is meaningfully integrated across curriculum as students use iPads to support their learning in reading, spelling, science, technology and math. By experimenting with the creation of avatars and animated characters and technology such as Bee-Bots students gain an early introduction to the concept of coding. Students also learn how to capture and share their learning on Seesaw, an online app that shares their learning journey in real time with parents.

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Lower Middle School |

Grades 4 - 5

From Chromebooks and all kinds of educational apps, students learn through the innovations of today. Through their ADST class and curriculum technology is integrated in many aspects of teaching and learning at UA. Students are introduced to using new apps that support research skills and help them form presentations to demonstrate their learning. They also begin working with Google Classroom for projects and assignment that help build their technology skills and connect their in class and home learning. Lower Middle School students also have access to the Makerspace which includes everything from Microbots to 3D printers and Vinyl cutters. Students are continuously building on their tech skills, getting comfortable with the latest software and learning about Internet safety.

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Upper Middle School |

Grades 6 - 8

At Urban Academy, students learn how to learn. We believe the world is constantly evolving, so we teach students to continuously evolve with it. Learning is never finished, so today our students are learning to code and eventually they will be developing their own apps. Students are constantly engaging with Adobe Creative Suite, ePortfolios, iPads and MacBook Pros to do their work and demonstrate their learning. Our digital citizenship program continues through the middle school years with a strong focus on media literacy and Internet safety.

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Senior School |

Grades 9 - 12

Innovation is more than the latest tools - it's a way of thinking. Our students learn to see the world through the lens of innovation, identifying new needs, meaningful breakthroughs and spearheading the ideas of tomorrow. Urban Academy students are inspired to learn with technology - integrating ePortfolios and MacBook Pros to explore new topics and present ideas. They learn to code, developing an extremely relevant skill while discovering the doors this skill can open. Students also learn with a strong focus on media literacy and Internet safety, delving into what information is true, how to fact check, how to interact with others online and how to stay protected.

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 18, 2021 Dear UA Parents, We made it! What a year it has been at UA. Just as I started the year with an interview, we have decided to share some final thoughts of the school year via this video. I would also like to take a moment to put some thank-yous in writing. To […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 18, 2021 Dear UA Parents, What a great way to end the week with Sports Day x 2. It has been an exciting week at UA culminating in a couple of days filled with fun and excitement for the Junior and Middle School students. I jumped in on some tug-o-war with the Grade 3’s […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

June 11, 2021 Dear UA Parents, Another great week has occurred at UA. This week our Middle and Senior school students had the opportunity to participate in day trips to Camp Summit in the Upper Squamish Valley. It was so nice for the students to be able to get out of the school and have […]

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