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Discovery School

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Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 4, 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 67% 43%
White 15% 42%
Black 11% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7910 W Maryland Ave
Glendale, AZ 85303
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