My 8 and 9-year old grandsons are students at DSC, and they both feel it is the best school (of 4) they have ever attended. With that endorsement I am happy to rate this school with 5 stars! They seem to be thriving and learning.
Discovery is a STEM academy with every lesson having a science, technology, engineering, or math focus. The teachers are outstanding with a true hands on, sitting on the floor, writing on the desks (erasable) approach and using creative videos and funny voices on Edmodo to inspire the students! It works as the recent API score hit 900! and the school has been designated as a California Distinguished School. Staff collaboration and communication could be better. Parent involvement could also improve as it is a Charter School.
Smart, educated teachers, a principal who is involved and cares about the students. A full-time nurse on site. They have plays, fine arts, sports, and daily fitness.
Our family loved the Pre-school program! I the ratio is 10 students to 1 teacher! The whole year we were there we never were to capacity always about 20-22 kids (3-5 yr olds). Which meant that the ratio was smaller. They group the kids according to their abilities, how they will be chalenged. The kids have a great computer lab IN class, painting, coloring, craft area, puzzles, puppets, circle time, recess, snack time, math time, and much more.
Pre-k program has way too many kids in one group. 30 3-5yr.old's in one class!! Crazy!! The class is messy and unkept and the teacher's seem burned out or inexperienced.
Love the teachers and staff! The principal, however has poor leadership skills and has little to no communication skills. With the right leadership this school will grow by leaps and bounds.
Love this school! 5th grade teachers go the extra distance to teach!!! Safety and security measures are top notch and the best I have ever seen! Extracurricular activities are great for each grade level and right on! This school should have a 10!
I love it, I love it, I love it! There isn't anythin I dont like about this school. The principal, the staff, and the teachers are all wonderful. thank you discovery.
Principal Cole does a fantastic job directing the faculty and motivating his students. Excellent parent-school communication. Outstanding teaching. We're impressed!
I'm a 6th grader at the school who has been attending since preschool. The teachers, librarians, PE coaches are amazing. Although, I always feel just by looking at the principle's face, that he's fustrated and as if we the students are way below his standard. Honestly, I think we are a well behaved school with ups and downs. The enviroment is safe, secure and 'welcoming.' If you're going to enroll your kid(s) here, I totally recomend it. All my teachers have been wonderful since the start. No lie. GATE is fun too! It challenges students, but won't make them crazy (I should know. I'm enrolled in GATE.) LOL
My grandaughter goes to this school very poor leadership. She is bulled picked on stolen lunches. Never return phone calls. wnen we complain nothing is done about. The teachers are sometimes abusive. For example my grandaughter had hickups and the teacher said stop disrupting the class. The right thing to do is go to a nurse you need to use the bathroom or get a glass of water.etc.
My son has been attending Discovery for almost 2years and have seen a great improvement in his academic and social skills. It's clearly a magnificent school. One thing that does bother me is the desperately needed crossing gurard at Rancho Del Rey and Paseo Ranchero !! very scary !!
Well for one I got pushed to send my child to this chool last year , when I should have spent the money for Harker . Anyway the school calls for 2hrs a day of definitely parent involvement. I used to devote time in a classroom , I started noticing that it sounded more as if the school was looking for free labor rather than 'helping a child' in class . There is a lack of discipline , students fight and use bad words . I asked the Principal as to why , his remark was that blowing the whistle is no go.A waste of time. the Board meetings were all politics , it was more about how to take more students away from Moreland , how to get a campus . Nothing positive . Two teachers quit . After a year I pulled my child out.
My kids have been going to Discovery since pre-school (they are now in 5th & 3rd) and have had nothing but a positive experience! Mr. Cole has always wanted what is best for the children and definitely encourages parent involvement. The PTC puts on great events throughout the year and the money is always given back to improve our childrens experience.
The best parent involvement in PTC I've ever seen, compared with other schools. Principal is great and Teachers at Discovery are the best. Great programs for the kids you definately would not be getting at other public schools.
Leadership is responsible for the decline of parent involvement. Excellent teachers make for high scoring students on exams therefore keeping focus off of bad leadership.
I think this is a great school were all the kids learn in a safe enviroment. My kids used to go to Discovery, and they had a great time attending the school from Kindergarden to sixth grade. I love the commitment of the parents, teachers, and community to help the school with its success in education.
With the exception of the cafeteria food selections and the portions served, and the fact that parents don't get to see weekly test scores of their kids until the parent/teacher conference is held I give the school and 4 stars overall.
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