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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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UDA Lottery

The lottery to fill open spots for the 2017-2018 school year will be held this Friday, March 17. All applicants will receive notification via email of their spot acceptance or waitlist number by 10am the same day. Applicants are also able to view their status by logging into their Schoolmint account. (Click on the headline title to access Schoolmint)

Exhibition Nights at UDA

Our students are excited to showcase their interdisciplinary project exhibitions to the community! Please join us in celebrating the powerful student learning that has been occurring this trimester.
Grades 5-8: March 2 from 5-7pm
Grades K-4: March 6 from 5-7pm

STEAMpunk Gala: March 18, 2017

The UDA Foundation will be holding their annual fundraiser gala on Saturday, March 18th from 6-11 pm. This year's theme is Steampunk, so come in your finest cocktail/costume attire that captures creativity and imagination in mechanics and modern technology with a Victorian England or Wild West flare. Tickets will include food and drinks. For more information about ticket sales and sponsorship materials, please click on this story's headline.

UDA Annual Spelling Bee

Our annual Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, January 27 in the Hive. The competition for grades 1-3 will begin at 8:30am, and grades 4-8 at 10am. We hope you can "bee" there!

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