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K-8
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Glendale, AZ
Students enrolled: 710
 

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7910 W Maryland Ave
Glendale, AZ 85303

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(623) 237-4000
(623) 842-8255
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October 27, 2013
I've waited a while to find teachers like these at Discovery! A big thumbs up to 2nd grades Miss Willemott! Discovery could use ALOT more school spirit and activities/programs. It was at least a month and a half into the school year before a PTO was assembled. The front office could use some work. But it is the best school by far, in Glendale, because of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2013
I feel like since I just left discover after being a student there for 9 years I should be able to comment on it. So let me start with the fact that I was bullied straight and all of my 7th grade year, serious bullying and NO ONE noticed, so that annoyed me because it was pretty obvious. Second, I liked most of my core teachers and they were good at what they did except one of them but she is not a teacher any more anyways so no biggy, but I had huge issues with the specials teachers. Most of them hated the 8th grade and some of them were just not the best teachers. Also the principal is not helpful, he is like an annoying shadow for some of the teachers and he doesn't trust the 8th grade at all! One time he blamed our 8th grade class for stealing his pen and made everyone empty and check their backpacks, guess where they found the stupid pen. IN A FIRST GRADE CLASS, he dropped it but wouldn't believe the 8th graders. So no I don't like the school that much but they got me where I needed to be and my core teachers were great. They really helped me out whenever I needed them and they pushed me when I needed it.

- submitted by a community member

July 15, 2013
I totally agree we need a new leader. The kids are very rude the way they talk to one another is horrible. If I could I would rate it a 1/3 of a star. My daughter reading was falling a grade behind they really didn't give her one on one or as I feel any attention that's why I had to hold her back one year.The District 40 really has to get together and do some thing about this,but are money is sure is going to the Westgate.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2010
Discoveryl needsa lot of school spirit, students should be involved, encouraged, and recognized. This school has no memorable field trips, they hand out 5x6 pieces of paper congratulating a 1st place winner,(is a ribbon that expensive?) No memos are sent to parents about upcoming activities (staff too lazy or paper too expensive?) Eighth grade grads do not get gown or hat (that's really special to an 8th grader) This school should come together and get involved, including administration. Other school principles and staff are there every morning meeting and greeting parents. Other schools send 7th and 8th graders to Disneyland if they do well. Other schools plan so much to make sure students love their school. Discipline at this school should be stronger and more firm. surprisingly, I did receive a couple of teacher phone calls re: my childs school work, All should pitch in,esp. if PTO needs $.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2010
Teachers do not care at all, students are just a paycheck to them. Chrildren are rude and bullys. No one does anything about them. The schoold is a total joke. I am so sorry i moved to glendale. What a waste of tax payers money.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2009
Teachers are great, but they do not get the support they need from administration. Reception is a joke. Very unprofessional, gossiping and loud. It seems like they have too many employees in the front office. Didn't like my first impression. administration is always out of sight.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2009
As a teacher in Discovery, I feel that the staff is very caring and concerned about students. We really work well together and support each other well. This breeds a good attitude in the school. I think the discipline has improved immensly over the past three years and I feel supported by my administration as well. There are still a few minor details Discovery needs to work on such as the priorities of the teachers. Any dislike I have for the school really comes from the state of Arizona and their new mandates. Really not the school's fault. Check out Discovery if you want to be a part of a great community!

- submitted by a teacher

February 13, 2008
I have three children attending discovery elementary school 1st, 5th, 7th. I am also a staff member of glendale elementary school dist. I feel the leadership of this school is very poor, the children of this school does not get the attention they need to become mature students. Most of the children are out of control, due to the lack of leadership. This school provides education for students in grades k-8. I feel that any child leaving discovery exiting 8th grade, entering into high school will be lost.

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2007
My son has attended discovery since he was in kindergarten he is now going into seventh grade. This school has been going downhill ever since principal Dooley left. There is no discipline you bring up concerns to the principal and she says she will take care of it.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2007
I have four children attending Discovery(k-4)and only one of my kids(kinder)has brought home homework,I would say about 3 or 4 times! They never send home any daily behavior reports on any of my children,after asking the teachers to do so.I personally don't like this school and wouldn't recommend it to other parents.Especially!putting your kids in a multiage class,I think that is a big mistake! My 3rd grader doesn't need to learn things from the much older kids that are in the 6th grade!

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2007
My four children attended Discovery for one year and it has made all the difference! We have moved since then and it is hard to find a school with such caring teachers that are so dedicated to their inclusive philosophy. The teachers at the school truly strive to have meaning behind everything they do- from researching about homework policies (Marzano) to creating meaningful 'authoring cycles' that help my children gain empowerment. I will forever be indebted to how they treated my special needs children with respect and included them in the general education environment without hesitation. Discovery school is truly a forward thinking school that is focused on the students needs first! I will forever be measuring all other schools against what Discovery has done-- I am amazed at how hard the teachers work at understanding why they do what they do and how they can improve. Thank you Discovery!

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2007
My son has attended Discovery for 3 years and it has been a rough few years. He has had teachers that cared more about what time they were leaving than the welfare of the child. My sons teacher now seems to care about the children and take the time to engage parents in the childs curriculum. However, he does not have very much homework. Next year, I intend to place my child in another school.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2007
I have a son that has attended this school for 3 years now. There have been many occasions of bullying. I have had to bring this to the teachers & principles attention. The concern is that they are never surprised. This seems to be an ongoing occurance. They apparently do not have the tools to get this under control. Homework is also rarely given(Red Flag); & you are not made aware of problems until parent / teacher conferences. Most of the time - that's too late. I do not reccommend the Glendale School District.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2006
My daughter is in the fourth grade dual language program.She has been in this program since kindergarten.I am very impressed with the entire staff. The teachers are willing to listen and encourage communication.Thank you very much and keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2006
I have 5 children and 3 of which had attended this school. while my children where there I noticed several things thet were disturbing.First the fact that the teachers never had time to tell you what was going on with your child.The fact that there is nowhere enough supervision especially outside on the playground.I recieved a letter the year I took my children out that stated they were behind the national average and they had shown stats on where other schools were and then proceeded to inform parents that it needed at least 4 years to catch up and to get the children learning what was needed instead of totally unnecessary garbage.When I transferred my children to a new and way better school and had to go so far as to hold back my child that was only in the kinergarden.I also had to hold back the other 2.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2006
Discovery has a great PTO which is involved and building community programs (rummage sale, Fiestas, etc) and helping the students with sports uniforms, field trips and helping the school. The principle was a teacher and understands how a school should be run. She's great! They also have a dual language program (spanish). The only one in the district! They have great teachers in the dual language classes. They also have full day kindergarten, for free (some schools districts charge a fee) and they have a preschool on campus. Discovery has a family atmosphere. K-8 is offered and it's an all walking school as it's all w/in the parameters of Glendale, Bethany, 75th and 83rd aves.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2006
My daughter attended Discovery K-4th grade. Teachers did not seem to follow cirriculum. No communication from school officals to parents. Overall I would give this school a rating of - 10 points. If you are planning to move to Glendale, make sure your child will not be in this schools district.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2005
My kids have been going to this school for about 8 months and I have not liked it. My daughter who has always been a straight A student has now been in fights because of people pushing her. She also has not learned anything new since attending this school. My son has had homework 5 times in eight months. I would not recomend moving to this district unless you know your kids will not go to this school!!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2004
My son is 5 and has already been diagnosed with ADHD and O.C.D. (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and I was having my doubts about him attending a public school or any school for that matter! The only time he'd been in a 'school' enviroment was day care (about a year ago) for a month and a half and he wasn't 'working'. He would scream and yell in the morning, wouldn't play with the other kids, and I was getting a phone call at work atleast every other day. Well to make a long story short, He is doing great. He gets teary eyed some mornings when I drop him off but its getting better. He's made friends and everyday his teacher says he's doing good. I think it has been because of his outstanding Kindergarden Teacher, that he has done so well.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2004
I am extremely proud to be part of such a learning community. The leadership on campus is outstanding and the teachers at this school are truly interested in student learning. Friday workshops are spent looking at student work and investigating ways to improve instruction, engagement, and student achievement. I wish more individuals could see how hard this staff works.

- submitted by a teacher

July 16, 2003
Having attended many Friday workshops, it is time well spent for teachers. It is not time taken away from children. If you count the hours children are at school for the week, you would have figured out that children actually attended more hours than before. Friday workshops are not a social hour. It is professional time well spent to better educate children. I was so disappointed to see that these negatives comments were made. As far as talking about 'favorite books', the point was missed. Children learn through literature and teachers sharing literature experiences with each other will help them grow. Teachers are trying to improve thier teaching to better educate your children and for crying out loud, teachers need to eat for strength. Teachers are people too. Discovery School is making great strides in improving their status. Please visit Discovery and find out the good news.

- submitted by a teacher

May 01, 2003
Having attended a number of Discovery's friday 'workshops', I can tell you they are literally jokes. Robbing the kids of classroom time every friday so the teachers can eat lunch and particpate in discussing their favorite books, while the school fast descends into 'failing' status makes a mockery of our children's education.

- submitted by a community member

May 01, 2003
My children have been attending Discovery since 1995.I have 3 kids who have gone thru the 8th grade. One of my daughters were one of the first 7th grade class and went through 8th grade promotion. She has gone onto Independence and graduation in the top 2% of the school. This I can attribute to the teachers at Discovery. My other daughter left Discovery 2 years and I still have an 8th grader at Discovery. I know this school has always been critized about the curriculum, all I can say is, it seems parents these days expect teachers to do the whole educational process, it seems to me it should be a mutual process. Teachers cannot and should not be expected to teach our children everything, parents need hand ons, they should be helping teach in writing, reading and spelling, if parents were more involved in classrooms and at home,teachers would have more individual time,with each student. I know not all parents can help in classrooms but there is no excuse for not helping when children are at home. Please parent become more involved show you care.

- submitted by a community member

April 29, 2003
I have three children currently attending Discovery and I would like to say that our experience has been very positive. All three children have been in multi-age classrooms since 1st grade. Each of my children are at or well above grade level. Each teacher has always sent home a weekly letter detailing what the classroom did that week and what was coming in the future, I could always refer to previous letters if there was something I had forgotten. There are so many excellent teachers at this school that I have had the pleasure to work with. Two in particular have devoted so much of their own personal time including planning family field trips on the weekend so everyone can participate. As far as parent involvement, this has always been an issue, the PTA involvement in the past few years has been disappointing..if parents are concerned about the curriculum or lack of information being sent home, I think they should make more time and get involved to help solve the problems they feel are a concern rather than point fingers. Our teachers at Discovery are participating in workshops on Friday afternoons and are working on a plan to get this school up to state standards but they cannot do this alone this needs to be a community effort.

- submitted by a community member

April 04, 2003
Discipline and order is non-existent at this school. There is no clear direction within the curriculum as there are no textbooks to guide teachers or students. The children are allowed free reign whilst the teachers are clueless. It's no wonder, however, since the rooms are overcrowded. However, in it's defense, this school only mirrors the incompetence with which the District Administration is run.

- submitted by a community member

March 14, 2003
I have three children that attend Discovery School. They are in the 6th, 2nd, and 1rst grades. My daughter is in the 6th grade and has been there since the 3rd grade, and both of my sons have been at Discovery since Kindergarten. My sons can already read, in fact, my 2nd grader is reading chapter books. Their math skills are excellent and above grade level. My daughter continuously scores above average on her standardized tests. The teachers are great and very caring, not to mention professional and very good at what they do. The Principal is doing a wonderful job at running the school and makes sure that everything is well maintained.

- submitted by a community member

February 28, 2003
The school board must get this school on track. Or, maybe the school board is the problem. Lack of leadership and discipline is overwhelming. The classrooms are too full and the school has not focused on traditional education. Therefore, we have many kids that don't have basic math or reading skills.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
The curriculum has to be looked at more closely. There should be NO teachers reading to their students after grade 4. If reading test scores are a concentration, the STUDENTS should be doing the reading. The communication to the community needs better administration. As one example, our children attended the school for the year 2001-2, class started at 8:15 am and we found out, only one week before school started for 2002-3 that the start time would be at 7:25 am. I feel that there should be more of an effort on the part of the administration to get the information out to the parents in a timely manner, since the parent involvement is an issue at Discovery.

- submitted by a community member

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Discovery School
7910 W Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ  85303
(623) 237-4000
Last modified Discovery School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Discovery School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top