As a parent at UDA, I find the 11/13/13 posting dismaying. There is certainly discord at UDA right now regarding recent changes at the school, and everyone is entitled to their opinions. Reasonable people should be able to have a mature debate about their differences of opinion. Accusing parents of making their kids suffer, or suggesting they should leave UDA, is neither helpful or beneficial.
I am very happy with the changes made over the summer. Although I liked the old principal and office staff - they always seemed scattered and unorganized. The office manager was always coming in late and making students who were there for a late slip wait. Another thing that I am very happy about is the new After Care program. The previous staff was a group of young girls that really just gave the kids paper, crayons or a ball. It was glorified baby sitting. The new After Care program has many more planned activities that the kids enjoy. Already with the fall festival this year, I saw a huge difference in organization and energy of parents that were happy to be there and help. I noticed some of the previously very involved parents no longer volunteer and didn't even bring their kids to the fall festival. I find this behavior so immature and the only ones suffering are the kids. They should just leave the school and attend one where they feel comfortable participating - it will benefit both their kids and them. My main concern now is where the school will move to, because currently they do PE 4 times a week at the park. Thank you to the staff for all the hard work so far this year.
To who ever wrote RESIGN NOW in the last post. I heard one of the teachers just quit. Although we are new to this school I find my self always checking this site. I guess I don't know enough of the history behind all this back and forth. I read a bunch of reviews before coming here and they were all great. It sounds like who ever wrote RESIGN NOW is a bit of a bully
Dear September 26th--if you are a teacher, which I highly doubt, please resign, now. You are clearly not in command of the english language, I suspect the person who wrote this "review" is actually a disgruntled (non-teacher) former employee. The changes were all good and are in the best interest of the school. The students are thriving, the teachers are in fact happy, the leadership is strong. Please stop with the non-sense.
Big changes all of which seem to have been the right ones. Dawn, in the front office is amazing, organized, professional. After care is so much better, and my concerns with safety have all been addressed finally. The teachers seems to be extremely happy and engaged, amazing what the right leadership can make.
As much as I love working here as a teacher. it saddens me to see the reviews that have been posted. We come in here and teach the kids integrity yet we as teachers are unable to be honest because of the threat of loosing our jobs. I only hope things will change as far as to who is running the school.The board are not educaters and will never know the heartache we face day to day. I read a reviews that says we as teachers are not under duress. We are beyond a shadow of a doubt are. Of course none of the teachers are going to come forward. We have to feed our families just like everyone else. As soon as another position becomes available I will take it. We are at will. I only hope Ican find another job before I get fired from this one. Which will happen as soon as the board finds out who I am. Im sorry fellow teachers. I love you and will miss you. I hope you will eventually come to your senses as well.
I love UDA. Love the teachers, love the administration, love the staff. My kids love going to school every day to be surrounded by positive and happy people. My children get PE 4x a week, Art 2x a week, Performing Arts 2x a week. Thank you UDA for being such and amazing school!
Great school! The year has started very well and the new administration appears to be in full control. We are very grateful to be part of the UDA community.
"There is a spot open at UDA, would you like to enroll your child?" a mother heard as she answered the phone. There are many parents who hope there is a spot open for their child because they believe in UDA. They trust that their child will enjoy it here. There are many teachers that hope to join the UDA team as well. I am proud to be a teacher at Urban Discovery Academy! There has been change and the teachers and staff are doing the best we can to stay POSITIVE AND SUPPORT each other, the students, and the parents. We are supported by the board, the new Directors/Principals and the parents. We thank all the wonderful families that have continued to trust the teachers at UDA to teach and care for their children.
The school is undergoing significant changes, The school site is being moved and the parents have not been given information on the new location. There is new administration and new teachers. It is unclear how the school will perform moving in to the future.
My child has attended UDA for 5 years and we couldn't be happier with the quality of the teaching staff and care and professionalism they bring to the classroom everyday. Interesting to read many of the negative comments and question the motivation of those that are spreading misinformation.
Our school had some big changes this past summer, but as a teacher I am excited about moving forward and am encouraged by improvements that will support our project based learning and arts program. Change can certainly be scary, but it is also gives an opportunity to grow. I think as a staff we are more united and more empowered to move forward. We have an incredible, dedicated group of teachers who provide a high quality education. I challenge you to find a more passionate teaching staff. Unlike what other comments here have suggested, the teachers are not being intimidated by anyone. We are happy to be here, we are happy to be a part of UDA and we look forward to educating your child.
This is a quality school of CHOICE. It was not a private school before, lots of misinformation in the recent comments. Unfortunate that a few parents with questionable motives choose to talk about this school this way. Proof is in the pudding. Quality leadership, quality teachers, teachers are HAPPY with changes made, happy, successful students. The few parents who are not happy, are just now discovering that the school is actually not managed or operated by them. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE WAY IT'S OPERATED, YOU CAN CHOOSE ANOTHER SCHOOL, PLEASE stop bashing the school.
Teachers are being intimidated and parents disrespected by the Board of Trustees. The leadership and motivations of the board have become particularly questionable in recent months. The Board has even recently changed their own bylaws so that instead of coming to an end of their term this year they have voted themselves to indefinite terms. Unfortunately, changing schools this late in the summer is not an easy task, but if you still have an option I would recommend going elsewhere.
Before this school became a charter school, it was a private school that had to close its doors due to "lack of funds," to put it politely. Now it has a charter and is forced to close the pre-school program as well as the before and after care. We have to stay this year, but next year we will go to a more stable school. If you are considering this school, don't.
This is not a community school. The board runs it with no communication. The founding principal was on vacation when they decided to fire her and several support staff with no reason given. They closed the pre school while it had attendees with no warning and left parents having to leave work and scramble. More changes will come and they will not tell you to prepare your child. The lease is up soon on the building and we have no idea if there is a new location. My husband and I are anguished over having to take our children from their friends they have grown up with. Your local public school is a better choice.
I am extremely disappointed with this school. This summer the Principle and Administration were fired and the Preschool was closed. This all happened at incredibly short notice and with no reasonable explanation given to parents. In a school which prided itself on a strong community and parent involvement I feel this went against the entire ethos of the school. We will not be returning.
The principal is rude! She is too young and needs more experience dealing with common courtesy, and understanding what is important academically.
MY son has been attending Urban Discovery Academy for 4 years, and they have helped him every step of the way. The staff goes above and beyond to help children academically and socially. I am extremely impressed with the conduct of the principal, and her desire to make the school the best it can be FOR THE KIDS. My son had a difficult time attending school at one point, and Urban Discovery Academy worked with me and my son to get him to a point where he now feels EXCITED to attend school. Without the staff at UDA, my son would have had a very difficult time fitting in and feeling accepted. My appreciation for this school is immense. I agree about the lack of organized sports, and I think the school is making strides to include more of them. They also want to introduce the use of iPads instead of having the kids lug books around in their over-sized backpacks. It's a great school. Small classrooms. Comfortable environment. Wonderful staff!
We appreciate this school greatly! As a parent, who carefully analyzed many schools in the district, we were fortunate to have our daughter attend UDA. I confidently write that UDA is extraordinary. The school has a mission to provide a rigorous well-rounded education. In the process, it creates a loving and nurturing environment for our daughter to learn and feel confident to succeed. Over the past few years, UDA has made amazing improvements in their foreign language enrichment programs and after school activities. It has also implemented a healthy home style lunch program, giving families a remarkable option. It is a small community oriented school that provides personalized attention to its students. Our daughter s teachers have been wholehearted devoted to her growth and development, while making learning fun for her. The school s principal is a dynamic and amazing visionary who works closely with the staff and parents to make the school better. She cares deeply about the kids and about their families too. Our daughter loves going to school. This is a tribute to the dedication of the UDA teachers, staff and leadership.
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