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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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Skate Night

Come join us for our annual Skate Night on Thursday, February 11th from 6-8 pm. There will be a $10 entry fee for this event. We'll have a table set up outside of school every morning this week so you can buy your tickets ahead of time, or you can buy them at the door. Skate Night will be held at Skate World, Linda Vista, 6907 Linda Vista Road. We'll see you in the roller rink!

Middle School Awards and Breakfast Social

Proud parents and families are invited to attend our advisory breakfast on February 17th from 8:15-8:40 am in The Hive. We will be recognizing and celebrating our Director's List and Honor Roll students and then partaking in some socializing with a spread of goodies. Middle school families will receive an invite to sign-up to bring a variety of snacks and/or drinks. We hope to see you there!

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Girls' Basketball: Games
Date: 2/11/2016, 3:30 PM 5:30 PM
Skate Night
Date: 2/11/2016, 6 PM 8 PM
Location: Skate World 6907 Linda Vista Road San Diego, CA 92111
No School: Presidents' Weekend (Lincoln's Birthday)
Date: 2/12/2016
Valentine's Day
Date: 2/14/2016
No School: Presidents' Weekend (Washington's Birthday)
Date: 2/15/2016