My child still attends here ONLY because of the friends developed over the years and am very much looking forward to this year being over. After graduation thank goodness we will no longer have to put up with the lies, deception and bullying from administration and mainly Board of Directors. I really hope for the families that will continue on after this year things get better. For any new parents proceed with caution.Try not to be blinded or fooled by all the pretty colors to come. There are plenty of negative reviews on this school for a reason just scroll thru.
The facts: -High Test Scores -High Quality/Caliber Teachers -Fiscally Sound, Well Managed -Very Strong, Solid New Director -Really Happy, Dedicated Parent Group -394 Happy, Focused, Students -Now State-of-the-art Brand New School Facility for 2015 -Current Site has fantastic grounds, plenty of PE and recess playground space, large classrooms, charming outdoor lunch area I truly believe that the few negative comments posted about this school below are in fact representative of a few people who are choosing to use this forum as a way to air their own agenda, which has little or nothing to do with the quality of the education being delivered and the way the school operates. For anyone using this site to seriously evaluate the school, just come and see it in action, see the 99.999% of happy engaged parents onsite volunteering, see for yourself.
i can not believe my daughter came home today talking about she has to use a porter potty for a bathroom. This school is horrible. Why. Really. What is going on. They claim it it wonderful but why does my middle school child have to use such bad bathrooms. The board needs to get it together. I want to believe in this school but when my daughter comes home and says she almost threw up because of the unsanitary conditions it is not good. Im taking her out of this school ASAP!
Well, we're off to a new year at UDA. Let me lay out the facts. The school currently provides a very good educational opportunity in an inviting and accepting community for your children. Actually it is quite exceptional in the latter regard and you would be hard pressed to find a better educational/experiential/social environment for your kids in a school. The new Director is very capable and motivated, both in expertise and attitude, based on my many interactions with her and I expect her to take off and excel from where the last one left off. That may be enough for you. However, you can't ignore the state of the parent community today. There are distinct groups of parents, some critical, some supportive, and many that are just either not interested or motivated to worry about those interactions. Setting aside anyone being right or wrong, it is simply a part of the community at this point that is a reality. Whether it matters to you or not is a matter of your interests. But we shall see how the Board chooses to proceed in creating a place where all parents can feel comfortable and secure contributing.
Home is where the heart is....that's my feeling about UDA. Yes, we recently moved to a less than perfect site and yes, it's not known how long we will realistically stay there. But neither a physical building nor location make a school; it's what is inside that counts. And inside, UDA has fabulous, caring teachers and an enrichment program that can't be found at other public schools. I'll be the first to admit that not everything about UDA is 100% perfect, 100% of the time. But I feel like if we parents can start from a place of appreciation for everything UDA DOES provide our children, we can more effectively promote positive change. UDA is more than a building. It's a community of educators, families and friends.....all who are committed to our children. Moreover, it's a community in which I feel very lucky and grateful to be a part.
UDA is on the move. Yes, changes are taking place! Some include: A temporary location, half days every Wednesday & a permanent new school in East Village (coming Fall 2015--excited!!) I feel that the changes are all intended to benefit and improve our students, teachers and community. I encourage all parents to get onboard, stay informed, volunteer, and be kind to one another. It's what makes our school awesome. My OPINION is that any negative comment regarding UDA may come from a person who does not receive change well. I choose to trust that the educators, staff, board members, etc have our children's best interests in mind. They have not let me down the past 3 years, in the midst of change. It is a part of life and I am using this opportunity to teach my child that. I am thankful to the dedicated and creative teachers who are the heart of UDA as well as understanding parents who stand by our wonderful school community. I am proud to be a UDA parent and thankful every day that my kiddo loves to go to school and gets all the wonderful benefits of being in a smaller charter school.
I am a parent of a student at UDA and was very pleased with the school for the past 4 years but was very disappointed this year with the fact that there was an intent and already a work in progress back in July 2013 to move the school site to a "temporary" location to an area that is not as desirable as the current location. I as many parents would of liked the opportunity if the information was disclosed back in July and not at the end of the school year (July-2014) to either decide to re-enroll or look for another school, at this time any and all enrollments in any charter schools are closed and now we have no other choice but to follow UDA. My only advice to other parents who are thinking of enrolling in this school is to try and get your facts but it is very difficult to get accurate and timely information on major decisions that ultimately affect the education of the children. I will definitely look for a new school for my child as soon as any enrollments become available. I believe that the information was not disclosed early on purposely so UDA would not loose any enrollment and be guaranteed the temporary location by the district just be aware out of a 10 I give it a 2.
I am actually a student at UDA, in middle school. Although I have no idea what really went on last summer, I can honestly say I am proud to be a member of this society. The changes that have been made were for the best and am very excited about the model of the new school. When I went to a public school my grades actually dropped and from being a perfect A student. I would get 60%s on my tests, and was not learning as much as I was in the years before at UDA. On my return, I brought up my grades and am actually learning things not only due to the fact that we have wonderful and understanding science and math teachers, but also now, that there are stable and excellent history and english teachers. Thank you UDA for making my day full of projects and fun learning experiences, I will always be proud to attend this school now and the further year I have left.
My kid and I love UDA! It is a great school with fantastic teachers and wonderful staff. The school offers art, performing art, science, physical education..... I only wish they could offer music class and a foreign language besides Spanish. I am extremely lucky to have found my kid a wonderful school!
This school is truly awesome. Not so small that it's under funded, yet not so big that a child gets lost. I am a single full time working father with a little girl. I need to depend and trust that my Childs school is academically and personally looking out for my girl. UDA gives me that and then some. The performing arts are absolutely awesome and the teaching style very unique and modern. I can't say enough to praise this school only that UDA is preparing my girl for thr modern world!
Academically this school seems great. We're new this year but the kids seem to be happy and thriving. I wanted a small school and a strong sense of community like our previous school. It is a small school but unless you're "in" the community you're definitely an outsider and made to feel incredibly unwelcome. The teachers and staff are wonderful and have been great and incredibly approachable. The parents on the other hand are not friendly or approachable at all. Forget welcoming small talk, they don't even smile at new parents. My husband and I have both tried making friends and had no luck at all. It's too bad too because we have a lot to offer and are more than willing to help both in volunteering and financially but after this first six months we certainly won't be volunteering or donating. At least the kids are happy.
18 reasons to choose UDA 1. Good teachers 2. Sound curriculum 3. Relatively high test scores 4. Small classroom size 5. Small school (2 classrooms for every grade) 6. It is a K through 8 school, which means one drop-off and one pick-up if you have more than one kid 7. Lots of opportunities to volunteer 8. Lots of cool field trips with parent chaperones and parent drivers (more opportunities to volunteer) 9. Centrally located 10. Very diverse student body (economic, racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious, and political diversity). The school has multiracial families, LGBT families, military families, and families with adopted children. Parents come from all walks of life: lawyers, nurses, plumbers, artists, university professors, social workers, teachers, bartenders, students, etc. 11. Cool uniforms 12. Usually only one half-day a month (usually the last Friday of each month) 13. The schedule is 8 am to 3 pm for K-3rd, and 8 am to 3:30 pm for grades 4th-8th. If you have younger and older kids, you can pick them all up at 3:30. 14. Decent (but pricey) aftercare program (with discount for lower income families) 15. Decent (but pricey) lunches (no discounts)
my school is a wonderful school that I currently attend. Everything is so perfect and excellent
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
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.
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.
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