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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.

Our project-based model of innovation and design thinking empowers educators and students to move away from traditional approaches and lead with a transformative model of education Urban Discovery Schools are designed to make a difference. Our mission is to develop students who actively and passionately contribute toward a better tomorrow for all of us. 



Now Accepting Applications for 2021-2022

Start and Finish STRONG with Urban Discovery Schools!

Urban Discovery Schools are looking ahead to the 2021-22 school year with the success of every student as our foremost priority. Our proven approach to virtual, hybrid and traditional classroom environments supports successful student outcomes for T/K - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade and 9th - 12th grade.

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Summer Session Begins
Date: 6/21/2021
Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Date: 6/23/2021, 5:30 PM 7 PM
Location: This meeting will be held online.
2021-2022 School Year Begins
Date: 8/30/2021
No School: Labor Day
Date: 9/6/2021
Staff Development Day: No Student Attendance
Date: 9/13/2021