The school is great for elementary school, but the middle school program need work. My child did not get noticed by the teacher as much as other schools he has been to. I believe the physical education need some work to. They are very strict about there uniform code but they made him run in his slacks and collard shirt. They also did not stretch before running the mile which kid of bothered me. When my son came there a later in the schoolyear as a seventh grader and the teacher didnt even give him any textbooks and didnt teach him how to organize his binder even though he told him he would help him, he was very disapointed and thought his teacher always overlooked him. When we left the school in the middle of the year he gave my son the best grade in every subject even though he wasnt earning those grades. When sudents would turn in homework or finish a test he would keep it and never give it back. I didnt believe my son at first until he told me that he keeps the work. They use very easy websites for learning which my son has already learned in second grade. Please if there is any other middle school than that one then send your child there. He or she would learn more.
We have been at this school from day one, and are overjoyed to be part of such a wonderful school. Teachers and Principal are top notch.
I find it concerning that another parent or staff member is trying to figure out who is writing negative reviews about the school. This is an open forum for those to express their opinions. I recommend that the post below be taken down.
I find it very interesting that the same non parent keeps writing negative comments about the principal, just tour this school, and you will know in an instant that this principal and her entire staff are well qualified. This is a dynamic school and my kids are thriving here, glad you moved on if you didn't like the principal or staff- We love them all!
We love UDA! We were there when it first opened and now my son is a happy 2nd grader. He has loved every teacher and I love that he is happy every day and excited about learning. The teachers email with any updates, the school plans outings for the kids as well as parents so we all feel connected. My son is learning more than his friends in other schools. I like that they encourage the children to use the computer a lot, read, practice their Spanish with people, exercise-great P.E. program. My sons class wil even be doing a PowerPoint project! I brag to everyone about this school!
I agree with some of the mothers or fathers that have chosen to be honest about the principal and some of the staff.
Urban Discovery Academy has created such a strong love of learning in my 2 children that they cannot wait for the summer to end! My children are excited and happy to start school and I have never before seen this in them. We have attended 2 other schools and it thrills me to see their excitement, thanks UDA!
Urban Discovery Academy is, by far, one of the best schools I've worked for in San Diego. The staff at UDA are supportive of one another and have the students, parents, and schools best interest in mind. We strive to give each child the maximum amount of benefits in education, including but not limited to; monthly field trips, hands-on projects, and urban connections around our beautiful city. Thank you to UDA parents, staff, and supporters for giving our school the opportunity to thrive!!
I have two children that have been attending UDA since its inception and we could not be happier. The principal and staff are composed of high quality educators who are enthusiastic and innovative. Not only are my children receiving a high quality education, they have developed a true love of learning! Thanks UDA!!
UDA is a great schoold. I am a father of three children at the school and they all had a great experience last year (our first year). We are all looking forward to the upcoming school year. Great teachers and administration who are always looking to help out the students.
Not happy with the principal and how she handles students who need special help. My daughter's teacher is more attentive though.
Elementary school is great, Middle school program needs work, not well organized. Teachers are under paid & unwilling to spend time with students after school
This is a great Charter school and my daughter loves it. I love the fact that their is respect for each person involved from the teachers, parents and especially the kids!
My daughter started Kindergarten this year at UDA and we all absolutely love it! They have a wonderful teaching staff. Everyday my daughter tells me how much she loves her teacher and she is genuinely excited about school. She is learning so much and enjoying all of it. I can't say enough good things about this school!
I love UDA because they are a diverse and caring group of individuals working collectively to see the children succeed and have fun doing it! It makes me happy to hear my son say how much HE loves going to school there!
My daughter just started 1st grade at U.D.A, coming from a Montessori Preschool and Kinder program. She has transitioned so smoothly into 'public school'. But believe us, this is no 'ordinary school'! The project-based, small group (cluster) learning is fantastic and engaging. My daughter comes home excited and full of creativity, energized and truly joyful about learning. The school curriculum has P.E. , drama, Spanish, art as all part of the school day!
The pedagogy of this wonderful little school believes in the whole child. I am thrilled my 2nd grader attends UDA!!
I love this school. There are many oppurtunities for my children to use their creativity. I love picking up my children in the afternoon to hear, 'Mom I had the best day today!' It's a joy and a priveledge.
Urban Discovery Academy is a brand new school - 2 years old - but has the heart of a school with a long rich history. Teachers readily use technology to communicate with parents - email and newsletters almost daily. I know everyday what my child learned that day and ways that I can help support that learning at home. The school is organized and filled with caring parents and staff alike. The curriculum is creative and engaging. Our family feels so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of The Urban Discovery Academy.
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