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Urban Child Academy recognizes that families are the primary educators of our children. Therefore, one of our main missions is to include our families in our daily activities at every opportunity. We also work hard to share our curriculum goals with you and your family so that you can help us achieve our educational goals from year to year. The school blog is maintained in order to share as many of our exciting daily events as possible in real time. In addition, our private student web pages are designed to give families up-to-date information on their child.

Our teachers hold collaborative curriculum meetings. In those meetings, they review and share their extensive classroom observations in order to plan lessons tailored to their individual students, all centered around a school-wide investigation. These investigations are born out of our collective observations of our students' daily curiosities. We keep in mind your child's oral language skills and literacy development while creating lesson plans. For example, students and teachers might label the earth boxes in our teaching garden with the words soil, flower, and worms! Children in our Pre-K classroom have daily opportunities to record their thoughts as letter strings, pictures and words in a journal. All of this information is maintained as a teaching record in the classroom portfolios as well as student portfolios which serve not only as excellent educational records but also as cherished childhood mementos of our students' formative years.

Download the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar
Winter Break Wednesday, December 23
UCA is closed Wednesday, December 23 - Friday, January 1
Spring Term Begins Monday, January 04
Martin Luther King Holiday Monday, January 18
UCA is closed
President's Day Holiday Monday, February 15
UCA is closed
Teacher In-Service Friday, March 05
UCA closes at 12:30pm (half day)
Spring Break Monday, March 29
UCA is closed Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2nd
Parent/Teacher Conferences Friday, April 30
UCA closes at 12:30pm (half day)
Teacher In-Service Thursday, May 27
UCA closes at 12:30pm (half day)
Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 28
UCA is closed Friday, May 28 - Monday, May 31
Summer Term Begins Tuesday, June 01
Independence Day Holiday Friday, July 02
UCA is closed Friday, July 2 - Monday, July 5
Teacher In-Service Thursday, September 02
UCA is closed
Labor Day Holiday Friday, September 03
UCA is closed Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6
Fall Term Begins Tuesday, September 07


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