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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.


- Bennett & Lilia, Parents

"As a parent, we are diligent about ensuring that our children attend a school that helps prepare them for whatever tomorrow will bring. Frankly, we need all the help we can get so they become confident, resourceful individuals, because what tomorrow looks like is constantly changing. We are truly grateful to the highly motivated, skilled, caring teachers, leaders and staff that inspired our daughter during her 7 wonderful years at UDS.
- Bennett & Lilia, Parents

- Nicolette, Class of 2020

"I feel so grateful for my time at UDS. There, I was encouraged to find confidence in my interests, in how I identify, and in where I come from. The mentorship that I received in high school prepared me wonderfully for college, but more importantly, I was taught to be kind, inclusive, socially conscious, and to thrive in a world beyond the academic. Now that I’m at USC and living by myself for the first time, I see that college requires life skills as much as study skills."
- Nicolette, Class of 2020

– 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

- 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