From the Head of School

Welcome Letter

Our Dynamic Learning Community


We believe that effective schools are intentional to create a culture of inquiry. Learning at UCDS is driven by a child’s need to understand and create meaning. Our school is alive with conversation as students and teachers actively engage in dialogue about their work. Teachers collaborate to design our programs, using big ideas to teach the skills and content of each academic area. Students thrive as they tackle individualized challenges and share their understanding with others. We set high expectations for every student and inspire students to go beyond self-imposed limits. Our students become skillful thinkers, able to approach unfamiliar problems in a deliberate and thoughtful way. We are committed to provide an innovative learning environment as partners with our faculty, students, parents, trustees and greater community.

Paula Smith, Head of School

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