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Our Story

In early 2008, a group of passionate parents, teachers and community leaders gathered together to discuss their hopes and dreams for a charter school for downtown San Diego. The concept for this school is to provide innovative learning opportunities for students fully utilizing the vast resources of the downtown San Diego urban landscape, a school where community service would be valued and fostered. We had a dream of teaching children through urban discovery.

By February 29, 2008, Urban Discovery Academy had filed its charter petition with San Diego Unified School District. We have assembled a strong team – on the board of trustees, in our retained professionals, in our teaching faculty, and in our parent body. We also have many talented supporters from the community at large upon whom we can draw expertise.

We are excited and forever grateful to San Diego Unified School District for granting our petition. We believe that all children can grow and thrive in our classrooms through urban discovery. The school, now in its ninth year of operation, has classrooms that are full with a wait list for every grade! With API test scores in the high 800's, UDA is a model charter school, fiscally sound, a great reputation with the school district and amongst the charter community.
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Reporting an Absence

Please remember to report student absences by 9:00 am on the day of your child’s absence. To report an absence, you may call the main line at 619-788-4668 and press option #2 to leave a message, or you may send an email to attendance@urbansd.com. All absences must be reported with a voicemail recording or email.

LCAP Hearing Wednesday, June 7th

Our Board Meeting is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, June 7th. At this meeting, there will be a public hearing to allow the opportunity for our community to provide input on our draft LCAP plans (our goals, actions/services, and expenditures for the next three years). We would love to hear your voices! Click on the link above to view the draft report.

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Fall Festival
Date: 10/20/2017
Minimum Day (12pm Release)
Date: 10/25/2017
Board Meeting
Date: 10/25/2017, 5:30 PM 8 PM
Minimum Day (12pm Release)
Date: 11/1/2017
Network Meeting
Date: 11/1/2017, 7:15 AM 8:30 AM

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