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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

UDS First in the County to Mandate Student Vaccinations 12+

IN THE NEWS: FOX 5 Features Urban Discovery

Urban Discovery School is the first school in San Diego County to require kids 12 and older get their shots by late November or convert to online learning at that point if they have not.
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.


- 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