Local company pledges $125,000 in matching grant for K-8 downtown charter school Urban Discovery Academy (UDA), San Diego’s first downtown K-8 charter school, has received its first major gift to support the launch of its new East Village campus. Jeff Silberman, on behalf of Carleton Management Inc., has committed $125,000, a gift that was announced at a March 26 corporate sponsorship event.
With a scheduled opening in September, the UDA campus at 14th and F Streets will offer a high-quality STEAM infused curriculum with the benefits of proximity to the downtown public library and the convenience of nearby trolley stops. The campus is specifically designed to advance the Academy’s three founding areas of distinction:
- Strengthening project-based education
- Returning arts education to the classroom
- Encouraging families to live downtown
Silberman, President of Carleton Management, Inc., a San Diego-based real estate development, management and investment company, expressed confidence that other benefactors will step forward to match his family’s $125,000 pledge.
“We are honored to partner with UDA in the development of their new campus in the East Village,” said Silberman. “UDA is an important community asset in the ongoing evolution of the East Village and is so worthy of our community support. We look forward to a long-standing relationship with UDA and are excited to welcome them to the neighborhood!”
The UDA March 26 event, which was held at the Moniker Warehouse at 705 16th Street, also honored Sherman D. Harmer, Jr. as the inaugural recipient of the Friends of Urban Discovery Academy Award. Harmer, Principal of Urban Housing Partners, Inc., was recognized for his early and enthusiastic support for establishing UDA to serve families in the downtown area.
Urban Discovery Academy was established in 2008 as a model charter school that would fully utilize the vast resources of the downtown urban landscape.
Now in its seventh year of operation, the Academy is currently located in temporary quarters at 730 45th Street. Student API test scores are in the high 800s, and UDA educational experiences include an enriched visual and performing arts program and community service opportunities.