Clubs & Activities

Kids Say Don’t Smoke is a program geared towards helping students hear and see how smoking affects one’s life and the negative impacts it can have on an individual. The students get involved by making posters around the issue of smoking and what they could do to prevent it. This program is primarily for 3rd grade and usually done during the month of November.

Peace Makers, a 4th grade program that takes place in January for one hour per classroom. This program provides a continuum of services including skill development, dispute resolution programs and child advocacy services through the use of carefully trained volunteers. The whole mission of the Peace Makers program is to offer inclusive, innovative approaches to resolve conflict and achieve positive outcomes for children, families and the community.

Puberty/Sexuality Education Classes Dr. McGaffey has been coming to us for the last several years covering topics that pertain to the human body. This program usually runs for six weeks and all 5th grade students have the opportunity to participate with parental consent.


RIF (Reading is Fundamental)

RIF a large non-profit literacy organization in the United States have been preparing and motivating children to read for years. In 2004, UAGPCS and RIF entered into a partnership to help parents and community members have a better understanding about reading and how it can be fun at no extra expense to them. RIF has been committed to delivering and providing free books and literacy resources to those students and families who need them most (underserved poverty stricken) from birth to age eight.


Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

Transforming Lives One Step At a Time: A program of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. In the fall of 2009, the prevention program of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, brought the renowned Dancing Classrooms to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The program has been introduced to 300 children in six Pittsburgh Public Schools. Dancing Classrooms is about much more than dance. It’s an innovative strategy and approach that enhances learning readiness and social development. The UAGPCS’ team of 5th grade students, “Team Pink” were finalists in the Dancing Classrooms competition for both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.


Grow Pittsburgh

This is our Edible Schoolyard: Grow Pittsburgh and UAGPCS have partnered to construct and maintain a school garden. In addition to tending to the garden, the students participate in gardening classes. In the fall of the season, the gardener/instructor, known as Farmer Molly, harvests the crops and winterizes the garden. In the winter, the students participate in cooking classes with Farmer Molly where they utilize food that was grown in the garden to make healthy dishes. The foods they make represent a different part of the world in order to teacher the students about other cultures. In the spring, Farmer Molly and the students plant and nurture the crops on a weekly basis. The students learn a great deal about gardening, agriculture, and nutrition.


Assemble Pittsburgh

Assemble connects artists, technologists, and makers with curious adults and kids of all ages through interactive gallery shows, community talk backs, learning parties, and workshops focused on teaching STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Assemble is a non-profit founded in 2011, which envisions a diverse community that creates, connects, and learns through the experience of art and technology.   Assemble provides a platform for experiential learning, opening creative processes, and building confidence through making and the program came to our school to expose our 3-5the grade students to the world of STEAM.


The Pittsburgh Chess Club

The Chess club meets every Wednesday with the chess instructor. At the end of the year, UAGPCS participates in the Chess competition against other schools in the Pittsburgh area. During the 2014-2015 school year, Urban Academy won 1st place in the competition!

“Chess Makes Kids Smarter!”

  • Improves concentration and focus
  • Facilitates critical thinking skills
  • Improves problem-solving
  • Challenges students to think creatively
  • Research proves chess leads to higher scores on standardized tests


String Instrument Music Lessons

Students in 4th and 5th grade learn to play the violin, viola, and cello. The students learn strategies to read music, play independently, and as a quartet. At the end of the semester, the students showcase their musical talent during a recital.


National Elementary Honor Society

 High achieving students who demonstrate academic success, social responsibility, and leadership skills are inducted into the Urban Academy Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society in 4th and 5th grade. Throughout the year, these scholars plan and facilitate service projects, host philanthropic drives, and holds meeting with a well-organized agenda and operated according to a recognized method of procedure (e.g., Robert’s Rules of Order, etc) in order to further develop leadership skills.