What makes Urban Discovery Academy unique is our core approach based in design thinking best practices in partnership with the UC San Diego Design Lab. This approach involves five reflective and interconnected processes: connect, discovery, ideate, create, and evaluate. These are educationally based upon and adaptation of the design thinking system developed by IDEO and the Stanford d.school. Students engage with Design Thinking principles on a daily basis and across the curriculum, both in the IDEATE Lab and in their classrooms. Design Thinking is taught, applied, and explored through design challenges, integrated projects that require real world problem-solving, and independent exploration. This philosophy embeds, promotes and enables all students to achieve the objective to become self-motivated, socially responsible, competent and lifelong learners.