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Urban Discovery Academy is a free-public charter school serving TK through 8th grade students in the heart of the IDEA District, in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. Urban Discovery Academy recently added the first Design-Thinking focused High School in San Diego, IDEATE High Academy, also located in Downtown. The UDA schools provide a rigorous continuum of education that develops the whole child as a scholar, athlete, artist, and democratic member of society, infused with project-based learning, design-thinking interdisciplinary challenges, college prep, and most importantly empathic social responsibility and innovative thinking.


TED-Ed Names our CEO as Innovative Educator

ED-Ed announced it has selected Shawn T. Loescher, Ed.D., chief executive officer for Urban Discovery Schools in San Diego, as one of its 16 extraordinary education leaders worldwide.

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Back to School Night!
Date: 8/22/2019, 5:30 PM 7:30 PM
First Day Coffee Social
Date: 8/26/2019, 7:30 AM 8:30 AM
Location: UDA Parking Lot
First Day of School
Date: 8/26/2019, 8 AM
Minimum Day
Date: 8/28/2019, 8 AM 12 PM
No School
Date: 9/2/2019