Our philosophy of education is built upon the following basic methodology;
1. Outstanding invitational teaching
We aim to create a total school environment that intentionally summons students to realize their relatively boundless potential. It addresses the global nature of schools. Its purpose is to make schooling a more exciting, satisfying and enriching experience for everyone involved. Its method is to offer a guiding theory, a common language of improvement and a practical means to accomplish. Invitational education is based on four pillars – trust, respect, optimism and intentionality.
2. Cross grade learning
Success in work and life can often be linked to one’s ability to relate to, and work well with others. We believe
in encouraging students to interact and learn with and from others through cross-grade learning. We create
the opportunity for cross grade learning in a structured program that involves older students mentoring
classes of younger students in their units of inquiry or specific subject areas. Older grade students learn
compassion and empathy by mentoring younger students. They also gain personal satisfaction from using
their talents in service to others. Younger students also benefit from the extra one-on-one support and from
the safe and caring school environment this program fosters. They also learn to interact with older students
which helps develop their confidence and connection with a wider peer group. The program develops a
greater level of maturity in all students, and truly helps them feel like an integral part of the Urban Academy
community. This program will take place as an extra mural (After school hours)
3. Inquiry-Based Learning
We all know there is truth in the old saying: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I
understand." This premise is the foundation of inquiry-based learning. Inquiry implies involvement that leads
to understanding. Actually being involved in the lessons allows students to possess skills and attitudes that will permit them to seek resolutions to questions and issues while constructing new knowledge.
This approach ensures that students are fully engaged in higher-level thinking (e.g., synthesizing, analyzing, and evaluating). This style of learning also helps students become accountable to each other and to their teachers for quality learning. Teaching and being taught in this manner, offers the opportunity to students to communicate in the language of instruction (which is English)- whilst this is in many instances not their actual Home Language. Creating opportunities to brainstorm, discuss, debate, report, etc. will improve their comprehension of the language and in doing so will improve their academic outcome.
Urban Academy offers academic support to all our learners in all of our subjects offered.
Academic support focuses on assisting students in their studies by trying to eliminate barriers to learning, in small groups with teacher-learner interactive individual learning experiences.
The Academic Support Program
Our Academic support program offer four tiers of academic support for students.
• Extra classes
• Cross-grade teaching
• Matric Compulsory Discussions Sessions
The Program focuses on developing:
• STUDY SKILLS
Learners in need of academic support are identified by their subject teacher. The subject teacher notifies the academic support coordinator, who will make the necessary arrangements.
As an incentive for academic performance, Urban Academy has created a merit system that rewards academic performance and good work ethic. This system is used to merit good academic performance and demerit poor academic performance or work-ethic.
The system demerits so that respect may be instilled in learners.
On the other hand, merits are awarded for good results and as an incentive for handing assessments in early.
If students have 9 demerits they will not be permitted to write examinations. As this system is focused on academic performance, a – 9 would indicate that a learner is not prepared for the exam.
Learners are urged to work to achieve merits.