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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, about to enter its seventh 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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Back To School Night

Mark your calendars! UDA’s Back to School Night will be held the evening of Thursday, August 25th. Kindergarten through 3rd grade families may attend session 1 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 4th through 8th grade families may attend session 2 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Your attendance will allow you to learn about the UDA mission and project based learning, meet teachers and staff, explore our beautiful school, and visit your child’s classroom. Please remember to allow ample time to locate street parking. We look forward to seeing you on August 25th!

UDA's New Director, Diana Cornejo-Sanchez

We are overjoyed to welcome Diana Cornejo-Sanchez as UDA's new K-8 Director. Please click here for Diana's bio and some additional information. It's going to be a great school year with Diana on board!

UDA Office Summer Hours

Beginning June 27th, the UDA office will be closed to the public for the month of July. We will return with limited hours beginning August 1st. There will be no change to Camp Urban Sol summer sessions, which will still be held on campus during these times. If you need to contact someone at the school, please email our Office Administrator, Kimberlee Orton at korton@urbansd.com. We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Annual UDA Gala Fundraiser

Thank you to all of the families and community members who showed their support by attending the Urban Lights Gala, those who secured the hundreds of amazing donations and sponsorships, and those who put in countless hours of planning and prep work to make this event possible. We had around 175 attendees and raised roughly $60,000 for UDA. It was a beautiful, exciting and successful evening, and we hope to see you at the next gala!

Parent Network Executive Board 2016-2017

The UDA community voted the following folks to serve on the Parent Network Board for the 2016-2017 school year:

President: Jennifer Carr Jeffress
Vice President: Aliya Weise
Treasurer: Emily Dearborn
Secretary: Tiffany Holm

For more information, please head to the "Parents" tab and click on "UDA Network."

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Back To School Night: K-3
Date: 8/25/2016, 5 PM 6 PM
Back To School Night: 4-8
Date: 8/25/2016, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
First Day of School
Date: 8/29/2016
Early Release Day
Date: 8/31/2016, 8 AM 12 PM
No School: Labor Day
Date: 9/5/2016