Academics

How we educate children – at every age and every level – equips them to become lifelong learners, successful professionals and responsible citizens. Because when it comes to your child’s education, “how” matters

An Early Start Leads to a Strong Finish - Inspiring the Best in Every Student

Through individual attention, hands-on learning and a rigorous curriculum, Urban Academy promotes joy in learning and prepares students for a lifetime of success.
Urban Academy offers a rigorous course of study and curricula that is innovative, flexible, and individualized. Independent schools like Urban Academy are not governed by specific state laws or testing requirements that determine what or how we must teach. Urban Academy is free to design curricula and co-curricular activities that are mission-based and responsive to the needs of our students and society as a whole. Urban Academy maintains a commitment to excellence in traditional subjects, while continually seeking out ways to ensure our curriculum is at the cutting edge.
“At Urban Academy, every student matters, every family matters.”
K. Chase Patterson
CEO of Urban Academy

Overview of Curriculum

Urban Academy inspires children to develop an investigative spirit and build academic and social confidence. Small class sizes and collaborative learning teams enable our faculty to know each child’s strengths and weakness to offer the right balance of challenge and support. Our professionally trained faculty employ experiential learning activities to cultivate curiosity and a natural love of learning.

Math-enVisionmath2.0 is a comprehensive mathematics curriculum for grades K-5 focused on assisting students in finding a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts. It offers the flexibility of print, digital, or blended instruction. The series provides the focus, coherence, and rigor of the PA Core State Standards. Project-based learning, visual learning strategies, and extensive customization options empower every teacher and student. 

The Urban Academy’s ELA program is anchored in the Wonders Series which is a comprehensive program designed to meet the challenges of today’s classroom and reach all learners. The program provides support for building a strong literacy foundation, gives students the opportunity to access and analyze complex text, engage in collaborative conversations, and opportunities to respond to what is read in writing and process writing within the CCSS genres: informative, narrative, and opinion/argumentative writing. Wonders can be taught in print, digital or blended format.  

The Science Team uses the Science Fusion series to guide standards-based instruction in the subject. Throughout the year students focus on life, environmental, earth, and physical sciences through text, video, experiments, and field trips. Students participate in a project-based assessment each quarter which integrates black studies and technology components. The science lab doubles as a maker space where students have the opportunity to design and build using items like screws and wood as well as one of two 3D printers.  

The Urban Academy believes that technology aids expression and therefore our technology program includes a one-to-one student to Chromebook ratio, 3D printers, Google expeditions, and virtual reality goggles. Through our weekly technology instruction, students learn to make visual presentations, code, and prepare book reports. We encourage daily use of technology in the classroom and at home to help our students understand various software tools and the importance of technology in our day-to-day lives. Our students will have a basic understanding of how various classes of technology work. 

Our art program is designed to give our students the wonderful benefits of artistic expression through fullscale integration into their entire educational experience. Students explore a variety of great Black and African artists, movements, and mediums which inspires our art instruction. The program operates under the explicit belief that involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills.  Our scholars develop motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork through artists that look like them.  

The Urban Academy social studies program uses the Harcourt Horizons series to enable students to understand, participate in, and make informed decisions about their world. Social Studies content allows our students to explain relationships with other people, to institutions, and to the environment, and equips them with knowledge and understanding of the past. Our focus is to provide students with skills for productive problem solving and decision making as well as for assessing issues and making thoughtful value judgments. Above all, our social studies program is designed to help our students understand and become responsible citizens participating in locally, nationally, and globally.  

The Urban Academy’s Black Studies Curriculum is designed to promote self-confidence, pride, positive self-identify, and responsibility among the Urban Academy’s students and staff. The curriculum fosters curiosity, geographic exploration, and political and civic leadership. Lessons and units include relevant and meaningful exploration in cultural, societal, geographical, political and economic conditions of Black people in Africa, the Americas and throughout the world. Black Studies is strategically integrated into all core subjects which helps to further develop a harmonious learning environment based on the seven principles of Nguzo Saba and inspired by Dr. Molife Asante’s African American History: A Journey of Liberation.   

The Urban Academy Enrichment Program is a newly implemented program that helps provide students with opportunities to help their learning come to life. The program is grounded in our school’s belief that our scholars are high ordered thinkers and kinesthetic learners, who excel in hands-on projects and activities. Our scholars will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of enrichment activities and classes that are designed to enhance their educational experience. The program will include solving puzzles, creating structures, building with Legos, unraveling mysteries, and having fun pushing their minds by applying their knowledge in core subject areas.   

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