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At A Glance

  • Serving T/K-12th Grades
  • Open to the Public
  • Enrollment is Free to All
  • Located in Downtown San Diego
  • We Operate Two Campuses
  • Award-Winning Design Thinking
  • Innovative Project-Based Learning
  • 100% of Students Complete Internships
  • 95% of Students Graduate
  • 92% of Students are College-Bound
Urban Discovery Schools (UDS) are internationally award-winning free public schools in the heart of San Diego’s downtown I.D.E.A. District. Founded in 2008, Urban Discovery has two campuses that serve students in T/K-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th grades. Urban Discovery Schools are thought leaders in educational innovations that are being implemented throughout the world.

News + Stories

New Guidance for Face Coverings at School

New Guidance on Face Coverings

June 25, 2021 - The latest updates from the California Department of Public Health regarding face covering guidance and Urban Discovery's response.
2021-2022 Local Control Accountability Plan

2021-2022 Local Control Accountability Plan

June 25, 2021 - Each year, California schools must create or revise our Local Control and Accountability Plans to spend LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) funds, designed to better support students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals, English Learners, and foster youth.
May 20, 2021 Urban Discovery Community Update

Urban Discovery Community Update

May 29, 2021 - A message from our CEO about the new learning accelerator program, expanded school hours, and plans for 2021-2022.
Shawn Loescher, CEO Urban Discovery Schools

Urban Discovery CEO Appears on TED-Ed Chats

Feb. 4, 2021 - Shawn Loescher, EdD was featured in the new TED-Ed Chats format launched on Wednesday, January 27th at 10 AM EST. The interview focused on redesigning schools for more equitable outcomes.


- Seth, 2021 Urban Discovery Schools Graduate

"The best thing about Urban Discovery Schools is how adaptive their education system is. The teachers and staff take into account how each student learns and makes sure that we learn as effectively as possible. The student life is vibrant and friendly. Overall my experience with UDS has been amazing, for both me and my family. " - Seth, 2021 Urban Discovery Schools Graduate

– Mark and Leslie, Urban Discovery Parents

"Our son has completed 12 years at UDS. We’ve loved watching him grow and they’ve allowed us to grow alongside him. The entire staff at UDS has taken a vested interest in our child and want him to succeed. What an opportunity we were given in Urban Discovery Schools!" – Mark and Leslie, Urban Discovery Parents