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)
Where to begin...this is a great little school, I'm so thrilled to have my child in a school that values the arts, performing and visual, that believes in physical education and delivers quality every day. I've seen first hand what a difference there is through having kids engage in the act of performing, speaking in public, it's amazing. There is such a good "vibe" at this school, it's palatable upon entering! I couldn't be anymore pleased! Looking forward to the next Performing Arts Night!
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.
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.
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