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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
Parent/Teacher Orientation Tuesday, August 27
Parent/Teacher Orientation will be from 5:30 - 6:30pm.
Teacher In-Service Friday, August 30
UCA is closed
Labor Day Holiday Monday, September 02
UCA is closed
Fall Term Begins Tuesday, September 03
Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday, October 14
UCA is closed in observance of Columbus & Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Halloween Party & Parade Friday, October 25

Classroom party- 4:00pm to 4:15pm

Trick or Treat Parade- 4:15pm to 5:00pm (Washington Square Park) *weather permitting*

Parent Teacher Conferences Friday, November 01
UCA closes @ 12:30pm for Parent/Teacher Conferences. 
UCA closes @ 12:30pm for Thanksgiving Break! Wednesday, November 27
Lunch will be served.
Thanksgiving Break Thursday, November 28
UCA is closed on Thursday, November 28rd & Friday, November 29th for Thanksgiving.
Winter Break Monday, December 23
UCA is closed Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, January 1, 2025
Spring Term Begins Thursday, January 02
First day of our Spring 2025 term!
Martin Luther King Holiday Monday, January 20
UCA is closed
President's Day Holiday Monday, February 17
UCA is closed
Teacher In-Service Friday, March 07
UCA closes at 12:30pm.  Lunch will be served.
Spring Break Monday, March 24
UCA is closed Monday, March 24 - Friday, March 28.


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