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K-8
Public charter
San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 570
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After care: Yes

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4021 Teale Avenue
San Jose, CA 95117

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(408) 243-9800
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April 20, 2014
We have been in DCS for more than 5 years now and the direction that the Campus at DCS I is taking makes us glad we are leaving. What was once was a vibrant and passionate school has turned into a bureaucracy under the complete lack of leadership of Dale Jones and Debby Perry. The "executive director" appears ready to close the middle school and focus on the elementary (K-5) which has allowed him to functionally abandon the middle school students and their teachers. We have been forced to pay for outside tutoring in order to make up fo rthe math deficits our kids have suffered at this school. While DCS is a developmental school, it is no longer hitting the basics. Very sad to see.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
We have been at DCS for 6 years, my daughter went from 3rd grade to 8th Grade. There are times when I have been concerned about the academics, it looked like she wasn't learning and homework was minimal even through Middle School. I knew my daughter had grown to be self confident, could advocate for herself and loved going to school each day, but worried about how she would be in a big public high school. The first year is nearly over and she is doing incredibly well! She has a 4.0 GPA and has loved playing team sports year round. She summed it up with "I didn't just learn random stuff at Discovery, I learned how to learn, how to ask questions and to find answers myself". Academics are not traditional at Discovery, and kids are expected to learn to the best of their ability, not to a level that someone else decides is good enough. Graduating students (from all that I've heard) go on to great success in High School both socially and academically, with or without tutors. (We couldn't afford tutors and didn't need to with any of my three children through their Discovery education). Discovery isn't for every child unless you are looking for something more than a test score.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
I am proud of our school. We have been here since its inception, understanding the philosphy of the school. It is light on homework, but the upside is that it has given us the time to have piano lessons, dance class, swim team, and other activities without feeling stressed. The school's API scores have always been in the 900's . we do not do outside academic classes. My eighth grader is taking geometry.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
I moved my daughter, Kinder to another shcool... My decision was right... My daughter is very happy and enjoys a new school.. She said that it is really school.. Discovery school has lots of fun things, but I have to tell you something... School has no responsiblity of academic standard !! Which means most of kids have tutors, tutors, tutors in order to follow CA academic goal.. Therefore, API was good... That score doesn't belong to teacher's effort, but parents.. Parents do everything....!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2013
There is no homework, no textbook and no reward. Teachers and staffs are nice. Parents are working hard. Kids are all happy. The only problem is that teachers don't teach. They just assign projects to students and let students to figure it out by themselves. Students can't learn basic knowledge from the teachers. And they can't even get correct answers from the teachers. This is the philosophy of this school. If you don't agree with the philosophy, it is not a right school for you.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
Worst school ever, principal and teachers bully the kids and there is nothing done to stop It, the worst part is the principal suspended me for getting punched in the face!

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2013
This review is for Discovery 2, which opened in August, 2013. First, let me say that Discovery's philosophy, particularly as espoused by Dale Jones, is incredibly appealing. Students are welcomed and accepted for who they are and parents and educators alike are introduced to the Positive Discipline philosophy that has been the cornerstone of Parent Participation schools. The principal, Lori King, is dynamic and committed. The teachers are excited, though perhaps a little overwhelmed by the chaos of a brand new school. This is to be expected. It is difficult to fairly critique a school campus that is so new, particularly when the educators and the parents are passionately working to build the community. I applaud them. That said, many of the challenges that come with the founding of the school have been compounded by the short lead time and overall haste to establish a second campus to meet the demands of parents who wanted 'Discovery too.'. These growing pains have been challenging, challenging enough that my husband and I question our leap of faith daily. My child is happy and loves the freedom and the lack of overarching structure. We're waiting and seeing.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
I have seen my children blossom at Discovery Charter School. The dedication of the staff and family community provide for a supportive environment that promotes a life long love of learning. My kids come home with smiles on their faces and talk about what they are learning and doing at school and on the many field trips they experience throughout the year. I am grateful to be part of the Discovery school community.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This is for Discovery Two. We have only been there for two weeks, but we are absolutely loving the transition from private catholic school. The whole environment is more relaxing and all the adults seem to want to be there for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
I'm down to just one child at DCS now. He loves it, and is an active participant in his education. He is very comfortable approaching his teachers and other parents. The parent teacher conferences are student led. Since the child prepares for the presentation to the parents and evaluates what he is accomplished and his goals, there is total buy in by the student. If you prefer the drill and kill, rote learning teaching style you should look elsewhere, perhaps Challenger Schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
Discovery Charter School is a parent participation, Positive Discipline based, "whole child" philosophy kind of school. This school gets top scores not because kids behind a desk all day and are "taught to take a test" but rather to learn HOW to learn vs learning WHAT to learn. The school necessitates quite a bit of involvement but people make it work, from the stay at home parent to the working full time family. I am glad that I enrolled my child in DCS and think this will be the best school option for her in this area.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
I find this school to be very disappointing. The students here are very entitled and have superficial views of themselves. My son is constantly bullied here. He actively pushed us to get him enrolled here and we finally did so for him. I'm sad to say my son was very disappointed here. Especially, when it sounds like such a great program. A high school linked to here (communitas) announced it was shutting down after 1 year and that is no surprise to me. I'm pretty sure last year's 8th graders didn't change at all in their ways and still act entitled. Supposedly, most of them quit. Such a shame that good schools have been ruined by rowdy kids and absent parents. We're going the homeschooling route now. Don't put any faith in this school, you'll be in for a disappointment

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
Great idea with poor execution. Looking at 135 reviews, most unrated, provides an uneasy feeling that a group people of interest bombarded this sight with parsing statements to increase the average rate in GreatSchool. That is really sad. Discover charter is a democratic, flexible and creative school relaying heavily on Christa Mcauliffe philosophy. Kids are encouraged to speak up their mind, spirit and ideas. Over all my son is really happy there and enjoys going to school very much. So where is the problem? Kids to not learn in Discovery charter! There are no grades, no real homework, most of the projects are done at home, no control on content and quality of teaching and teachers in general. Everyone are doing what they want or feel like in Discovery. Few of the teachers are amazing and the majority should consider a different career. This lack of control turns this school to chaotic with no academic guidance. It is nightmare for parents who have to work both during class time and at home to make sure that their kids learn something. I am planning to pull my son next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
The reviews for this school are all over the place because every student and their parents have their own needs. This school could be a paradise or a waste of time; it just depends on a bunch of variables such as your child's learning style, which teacher you are assigned (some of the teachers are amazing and some should consider a different career), parent involvement in your class (blessing or curse) and fund-raising (constant). If your child is capable of focusing their attention on schoolwork while some other kid is disruptive, that will help. If you can invest additional time after school to re-teach your child the academics that one would expect to learn during class, that will also help. If you can work in the classroom and field trips with other neurotic parents without rolling your eyes then you should be fine. Your mileage will vary. Be patient, invest the time it demands. Contribute to the community. Don't blame the school for your kid's challenges.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
The belief that giftedness should also be a factor to qualify a child for an IEP. That to me is a beautiful example of how the leadership in our school is truly innovative and creative in seking to meet the individual learning needs of each child..."Education outside of the Box" our motto in action. I feel so lucky that my children have such a beautiful school experience. It's our 5th year here and I am just as enthralled with this school as I was the first year.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
Hi! I am an 8th grader at DCS and read two reviews below from other students (the negative ones) I just want to say I love DCS, and it has changed my views on learning, and pushs me to excel to my highest ability. I don't think we have that many rules besides safety hazards, and not eating on the field so that we don't make our beautiful school a waste land :) Compared to other schools we have like NO rules. I think that if you are looking into Discovery as an option for your child's academics that it is the best one that San Jose has to offer! Just an amazing school. So sad that I have to leave it :( will visit though as much as possible!

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2012
Best school ever! I am a student here at DCS and am sad to be graduating. I will miss the everyday, hands-on experiences I have at DCS. I think the best part about my school is that it conforms to my needs. If I am learning faster than the class, they give me more challenging things to do and think about, unlike other schools that just feed you more worksheets. Or, if I'm falling behind, they reteach me. If I have a really busy schedule one week, they give me extra time for homework. The sense of community at Discovery is also a big PLUS! What each parent brings to my school is unique and useful. While learning about China in 7th grade, my friend's mom taught us how to do Chinese brush painting, experiencing the culture first hand. Out of my 3 years at DCS, I have only read 10 pages out of my social studies textbook. Social studies is great at DCS, the teachers are always throwing us into situations where we get to feel what people felt in their time and experience things hands-on. Science however, is a little more textbooky, but balanced with experiments and simulations that go WAY more in depth than the textbook. DCS provides me with experiences, and guides me to learn from them.

- submitted by a community member
December 27, 2011
I am a student at discovery charter school and I'm looking at the reviews and I'm seeing that all the reviews are written by parents. Well the parents aren't the ones that have to go to school everyday and learn and follow all the rules. I don't like DCS because the rules are very ridiculous. Even the slightest little mistake gets you community service and the yard duty aren't willing to listen to your explanation of the truth. This school is very ridiculous and I personally do NOT recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
December 27, 2011
I am a student here who just transferred here a little while ago from Hoover Middle School. This is school is..... Well.... OK I guess, but to be honest, I rather go back to Hoover than stand one more day here. I'm sorry but that is my opinion.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 11, 2010
I love the nurturing community of parents and teachers who make our school a supportive learning environment for all students. And by participating in my sons' classrooms I get to know their classmates and make connections that I wouldn't otherwise get to make.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
Parent's participation makes this unique among charter schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2010
I appreciate all the parent support. The enrichments really are valuable. I love a K - 8 school too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
The teachers, faculty and parents are so enthusiastic about nurturing our children. I feel very fortunate to be part of the DCS family,

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
great environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
Discovery is a wonderful school that focuses on the "whole" child not just teaches them to read and write.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
Differentiative learning, everyone is accepted as an individual in a non-judgemental environment , you come to school to learn and volunteer and you also hang out with real friends, my kids love to get up in the morning and go to school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
Cuuriculum is interesting.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
Great parents involved in their kids education make Discovery a very vibrant caring generous community. Excellent developmental methods of teaching delivered by energetic young teachers. My kids love learning, going to school and making life long friends here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2010
An Executive Director dedicated to kids and families!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Discovery Charter School has an incredible sense of community, parents are involved in each and every step of the learning process! It's teachers have a passion for teaching AND learning! It's hands-on approach to learning helps to integrate all learning styles and interests. This school helped prepare my son for the challenges of high school so much so that he is now and Honor student and I know that would not have been possible without Discovery and the commitment of teachers and parents involved in our school.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Discovery Charter School embraces every student. All are equal and the community spirit is amazing, not to mention the teachers and curriculum are just what my two children thrive under and love!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2010
Parent involvement, hands-on learning, caring, dedicated staff, individualized instruction

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2010
I am the parent of a kindergartener and as the year is winding down, I have been so pleased and happy to have my child at DCS. I can see a great difference in my child socially and academically from last fall until now. I love how everything is hands-on. I find myself hanging out in the classrooms on my non work-day because I love the kids and my child's teacher. It's so nice to see parents everywhere...it gives the kids (and parents) a great 'comfort' factor.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
A great way to be a part of a community. You get to know not only your kids friends, but their parents and siblings.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
The developmental hands-on approach at DCS is incredible. The children get to work in small groups at their level, so every child can grow. Those who are struggling get more help, and those that excel in a subject can be challenged. My child loves going to school... that says a lot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Hands-on learning, out-of-the-box thinking, great joy of learning, wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Discovery Charter is a great school because they have a cohesive team of teachers, parents, and administration working together for the common goal of the CHILDREN.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love Discovery Charter School as it treats every child as an individual and tailors the learning experience for him or her. My son has been so happy to be in a non-judgmental environment, where he is accepted on his own merit and given the recognition that he is eligible for.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
This is an excellent school. The teachers and parents work very well together. The Principal is AWESOME!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
This community helps everyone who enters the school. Everyone is willing to do what they need to do in order have a learning environment for all the kids and parents, whatever the need. My older kids didn't have this kind of school growing up and it has done wonders for my son. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love the philosophy of this school & their motto that everyone belongs. The kids take ownership of their unique learning style as well as help others along the way. I believe the teachers are fantastic! My child grew leaps and bounds in just one year with a caring, uplifting & understanding teacher. This school is a collective effort of teachers, staff and parents who put all they can into an outstanding learning environment for these children. I can't say enough about this school, and I wouldn't put my kids anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Parents and teachers/staff work together for the benefit of the kids. My special needs daughter is thriving in this environment and has made great progress academically, physically, and socially. Teachers are open to ideas/suggestions from parents and because we work together, we are able to offer many wonderful programs that other schools don't have (gardening, cooking, PE, hands-on science, field trips, etc.); all of these 'extras' are tied into lessons so it's a great way for kids to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
This is a safe, clean environment for kids. Lots of support. Staff and families create a wonderful sense of community. Quality education, great programs, lots of extras.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
My son is in Kindergarten this year. He studied in Stratford for Preschool and Pre K. We did a lot of research before sending him to DCS. This is a great parent participation school, very hands on kind of education. I love the field trips which are based on what they learn. It is a very good developmental school and kids enjoy going to school everyday. They learn quite a lot and I am very much pleased with the entire system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Wonderful school. Great teachers. My kids love to go to school and feel safe & happy with great passion for learning and exploring new things. Loving it!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Discovery is a great school , but it is not for every family or child. They deliver academics and standards through developmental education. This means that the children are learning, but through a lot of hands on activities, groups, and projects. If you are a parent who feels that school should be traditional (meaning kids sitting at desks quietly working and memorizing) don't come here. Students here are engaged and genuinely enjoy learning. Classrooms are active and can be noisy. What is truly interesting about this program is that the children has a depth of learning you don't see in many schools. There are many high bright children at this school being educated and stimulated.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
This is our 4th year at DCS. While I don't like having to make time to drive 3 fieldtrips/child/year, I was happy to hear my 4th grader say she would send her children to DCS just so they could go on the 4th grade overnight Goldrush fieldtrip. While I sometimes get annoyed that special needs children mainstreamed into the classroom soak up much of a teacher's time, I'm happy that they often have 1 on 1 assistants or even their parents with them and I'm even happier that the other children have a chance to learn patience and respect for individual differences and handicaps by interacting with and even helping their special needs peers. I'm reaching the word limit, but healthier hot lunches, PE 3x's/ week, watching a classroom musical and measuring cds and bottle caps on pi day (3-14) to find pi are all +'s!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
My son has had a great experience at DCS! The teachers are very creative and teach the whole child, with help of parents in the classroom and on field trips. Hands on learning rocks! The test scores at this school are much higher than neighboring schools and than my home school in Milpitas. The commute is worth it! My son is getting a great education. I was reteaching everything before, but he actually enjoys school and retains what he learns at DCS. They cover the standards, and much, much more!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I pulled my son after just 2 weeks. The philosophy sounds great, reality however was something else. The teacher was horrible....

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2010
This school got off to a great beginning, but is now going downhill. The director (principal) retired last year and the new replacement just isn't up to the task of filling his shoes. Too much change and upheaval on campus leaves a very uncomfortable feeling all around. The new director has no clear discipline policy of any type. The middle schoolers are out of control, breaking school rules freely and with no fear of any consequences. This used to be a well behaved student body that showed respect. My children now complain of religious intolerance (teasing), cussing and general bullying on a regular basis. Our family is beginning to think about maybe changing schools next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
In theory, the School has great values. Unfortunately, due to lack o resources the School is not in a position to reinforce its values. In spite of having dedicated parents, who volunteer a lot , the school is struggling to cope up with the minimum state standards.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
DCS is a great School for special need kids. This School was more appropriate for special need kids. The class room is very noisy. Its very hard for the kids to focus in such environment. The Good Gate scores are only because of the parent teaching at home. The teachers main focus is on special need kids and the kids are not challenged enough. If you are interested in academic standards this School is not for you. If you like Kids to have lot of fun with little learning this is a right School. Kids love the field trips part of the school. Learning in this school is with lot of fun which is in a way good for kids. But if your focus in on traditional way of learning its not a School for you.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 07, 2009
Discovery has a fantastic community and offers an excellent learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
I love the wonderful supportive community at DCS. I also really like that the school follows a developmental philosophy regarding student achievement. Also, working weekly in the classroom allows for all of the parents to get to know all the students in our child's class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Discovery Charter School was born out of the insistence that a love of learning can be instilled in all children when it is experiential, where there is freedom to explore deeply, where there is positive role models that are life-long learners, following their own passions, sharing them with the school, and creating opportunities for children to picture themselves out in the larger world, as authors, teachers, scientists, programmers, the possibilities are infinite. Discovery was born out of the knowledge that mistakes are an opportunity for great discoveries, and that everyone--parent, student, teacher, administrator--we all make them. Discovery was born out of a belief that each child is unique and that by recognizing that uniqueness, we can create an atmosphere of acceptance. When students learn their own learning style they can become individuals that are more self-aware, empowered to know what environment works best for them to learn in. For instance, reading with the TV on and people talking might be too distracting and that they may read best listening to classical music, the Beatles, or salsa. When a student has that self awareness they begin to become their own best advocate, they are taking those important steps towards independence. Discovery was born out of a belief that education in such an environment, where each--students, parents, educators, and administrators--are responsible for student success, is a place where children can grow into competent, responsible, creative, and caring citizens, ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of the future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
DSC is an awesome school both in terms of academics and also other extra circular activities. My kid simply loves his school and the parent participation is also very good concept as we get to know what the kids generally do in the class and also know how our kids are doing and moving around in the school. I have a 4 & 1/2 year old and we are not even thinking of any other school for her, it will be of course DSC for her.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Discovery has developed a very nice community in just a few years. They have an interesting academic curriculum that stimulates kids to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
My son recently switched to DCS and I haven't seen him happier. He said the teachers aren't in a rush to teach fast, they are friendly and kind. They also have dodgeball at recess, and he felt like he was a part of the school at the end of the first day. I will add that the communication is excellent, parent education is abundant, parents are friendly, and they think like a community not just about their child or their grade. His teacher is building a realtionship with him, not just trying to reach a number or a test result. When my friend asked my son what 3 things he liked about his new school he said 'Everything, everything, and everything'. So far i just can't say enough! Having a happy child is the best!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
I've always been told that my son would get bored in school, as he is advanced in certain academic areas. At DCS, his teacher keeps him engaged and amuses his interests and he looks forward to school everyday! I was also worried that his small stature would result in conflicts because he has been teased by taller children in the past. Thankfully, our support extends through the whole school community, so whenever a problem comes up, someone is sure to step up and help even if we're not there. Academically and socially, this is the school I've always dreamed about! I wish it was around when I was child, and oh yes, my son loves it, too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Great teachers and awesome kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
My son just started DCS and loves it. He is constantly engaged, which is what it's really about.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Discovery Charter School is a parent participation school in which teachers, parents, and students work together to provide a rich learning environment. The teachers at DCS enhance student learning by differentiating the curriculum so that students who are ready can move ahead without leaving other students behind. Learning takes place not only in the classroom setting but also through many field trips during the year. These field trips allow students to apply what they've learned in the classroom to their larger community as a whole. My daughter is excited about going to school every day. DCS allows her to express what she's learned in a variety of ways. DCS's developmental approach to learning promotes meaningful learning and we could not be happier to be a part of this community!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
It providing good education for childern

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Great teachers, great kids, and parent participation all make for an effective and strong learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Parent envolment is apreciated. Kids are respectful and kind to each other.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
I have 4 children there now. The amount of attention paid to the students is amazing and no one gets left behind. I have everything from the almost perfect student to the kid struggling to get it done. The communication at this school is the key. I have seen a 180 in attitude with my kids who didn't like to be at school. Now, for all of my kids, there is no place they would rather be!!! Being able to be a part of the kids learning and knowing my wife is helping out there almost every day. It's spectaculat!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
provide ability to sign up for after school activities that keep them interested in school and the staff diplay the interest and ability to deal with sprecal needs children

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
I love the amount of parent participation (albeit some of it required). I love that it is developmentally based vs. academically based yet still scores great on standardized test. I like how they put the child first.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Discovery Charter School is one of those rare places that really does treat each child as individuals and helps cater the learning environment to helping ensure that every child thrives. Hands on learning, mandatory weekly classroom participation by parents, field trips and smaller classes enables DCS to do this.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Kids develop a love of learning by being able to learn at their own pace. Also, the field trips!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Safe, respectful and accepting community for my middle schooler, excellent for building self esteem and learning!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Unbelievable sense of community, small classes, dedicated teachers, diverse culturally, diverse learners, the students are 'known', nurtured, and leave with a knowledge of themselves as learners, knowing they have been supported and stretched to 'discover' academically as well as socially and emotionally.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
This school is a community. Everyone is envolved. Small class size is a bonus. The education is steller.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
At Discovery Charter school, a K-8 school, through parent partcipation (2hrs/wk/child), our children have the opportunity to explore a variety of avenues of learning that are not available in standard schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
Great parent participation school - striving to make sure every child learns

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Monthly workshops on how parents and school can serve their children best, developmental school, hands-on, daily enrichments offered after school, constant focus on service learning, and individualized education for each child!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 11, 2009
My friends daughter goes to this school and she is always speaking highly of the school and how good the staff is.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
I'm new to the school but so excited that I found a place where they emphasize teaching students to THINK instead of teaching them what to think.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Great teacher and parents involvement help keep the children and their learning a top priority.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 11, 2009
Wonderful developmental programs with parent participation. My kids really love this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Community spirit; developmental, multisensory, cooperative education; parent/teacher/administrative coolaboration

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
The parents and children know each others' names. There is a sense that you are empowered to help each other and help the community at large. From small-scale organic gardening, recycling our lunch containers, and building mason bee houses to help the local native bee population, we're doing our part to teach our children about living in the world. Even better, math, science, social studies, and reading are all incorporated into an interesting, hands-on curriculum which engages children and helps them to see the relevance of what they're learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
At Discovery it's all about Living It, Learning It, Loving It. Education for every type of learner.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
We love everything about Discovery and feel very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful school community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
What my family likes most is the sense of community, family involvement and that every child is looked at as an individual.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Discovery Charter School is unique compared to other schools. It is very inclusive and child friendly. One his first day at Discovery when he came home he immedietly said,' School was great! the teacher is cool, and I already made two friends!' At his old school, he usually says,'School was good.' Everyone at Discovery is like one big happy family

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
I love to see how far the students progress in the school year! I love the attitude of respect and cooperation that is taught.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2009
Strong community, amazing and dedicated teachers, differentiated instruction to meet the varied needs of students, creative approaches to engage students and make learning fun.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
It's a special school where everybody care and support each other.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
This school focuses on each student individually and provides all an outstanding eduction. The teachers are great and consequently the students love the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Focused on students' and their development. Parental care & participation. After school selectives. Safe learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
The teachers are amazing, the curriculum is tailored to the child, and the kids are actually nice. The field trips and enrichments balance out the best school I've seen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Discovery Charter School allows children to be part of a communitee. Caring and resposibility are key at the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
My children are at a school where they are taught by the best teachers who make them feel like they can be anything & do anything. They are challenged & empowered every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Discovery is a great program with high quality teachers that strive to meet the needs of all students through integrated, hands-on, thematic units which encourage meaningful learning. The curriculum covers not only traditional subjects, but also provides experience through field trips and community service, which helps create students ready to become part of our larger world. The community is warm and caring and being in the classroom allows me to know what's going on in my son's academic life - a real gift when you have a middle school student. When I talk with parents of students in traditional middle schools, it is always clear that my family is very lucky to be a part of the Discovery community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Discovery creates a great environment for students to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Dedicated teachers, parents, students and wonderful community spirit!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Discovery Charter School lets kids learn the way that works best for them. There's a warm feeling in my heart when I hear my 2nd grader explain what he learned that day with excitement and enthusiasm. Perhaps the best part of the school is the teachers. I've never seen such a dedicated group or professionals. They give more of themselves than they could ever be compensated for and it shows in fascination their students have for learning. I'm happy to be part of the Discovery community where each parent, child and educator plays a part to make the school great.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
DCS is a small school where teachers and parents works together to help our kids. It provides lots of hands on experience and working together as group.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
It is a very caring and nurturing school. The staff really strive to get to know each child and their abilities and then work to make them successful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Small class sizes, wonderful teachers, parent involvement, development education. What more could I ask for? DCS gives my daughter the education she deserves.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
DCS has great teachers who inspire and guide students to success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Love the small community feeling and everyone works together as a team for the better of our children's education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
It is a parent particpation school & all the parents are actively involved in their kids' eductaion. Small class size. Lot of field trips which my kids enjoy.Extra activities like gardening, cooking, Spanish etc..

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
It is small size public school which teachers and parents get together to help students according to their individual abilities. There are so many selective classes so students can develop their individual talent beside excellent academic perfprmance

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Its the community! . . . Parents coming together to truely make a difference for every student. Great opportunities for the kids, throughout each day to make each student enjoy the learning process.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Our school is in its fourth year, created by parents who wanted a certain kind of school environment for children, one that nurtures and challenges each individual student, but also the parents and teachers. We believe in the developmental philosophy where children learn by doing hands-on projects, through small group instruction made possible by parent participation. I enjoy the diversity of our families, and how we come together as a community to support each other. Everyone works hard to make Discovery Charter School a great school for kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Discovery Charter School has the most caring teachers, principle, staff and parents. It's a wonderful, supportive community that cares for all students! With the developmental philosophy, each child is given a chance to learn and thrive at their level. Families come together to support their teachers and children and form a rich environment for their children to grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
This is the best school I have ever been acquainted with, and I have been in or had my children in many schools. The parent participation, and staff participation is second to absolutely none!! The parents are all fingerprinted and background checked and are in the classrooms almost all the time allowing the teachers to teach more to each child's style and need. The parents do all of the yard duty and curb duty which makes it safer and saves money for the children. We go on at least one field trip per month per class because the parents are authorized to drive. My daughter has made many friends already in the 2 months she has been there which is great for her as she is shy. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
This school is a wonderful gem in the Silicon Valley. A K-8 parent-participation charter school with a fabulous staff and diverse student population. Parents spend 2 hours per week working in their child's classroom or other areas of the school to help ensure that our children are given the support they need to become strong learners.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
I love DCS! I like to say my kids are getting a private school education at a public school price. The kids are caring, the teachers and staff are devoted, and the legion of volunteer parents are extraordinary. My son went through all 3 years of middle school and is taking 10th grade math and science as a 9th grader. My daughter is currently in 7th grade at DCS and is taking Algebra so she will most likely take 10th grade math as a 9th grader, too. I love the small class size and the small student body size as the kids really get to know each other and the teachers really get to know the kids. I can't say enough great things about DCS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
We have wonderful teachers, a super principal and fabulous kids and parents. It's the best school ever!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Dedicated teachers, differentiated teaching, parent participation (2 hours per week/per student), caters to the many different ways children learn (multiple intelligences), diversified student body, emphasizes community/humanitarian service. Kids all come from homes where parent care enough to commit to heavy involvement. Private tutoring/intervention for remedial needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Best program for special needs kids that I have seen.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
A developmental based program that meets the child at their own developmental stage. Hands-on activities that engage the students to apply what they learn to real life experiences.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
It's not just a school, it is a community. We feel blessed to have such wonderful families, teachers and staff that care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
I always know what is going on for my daughter at school because I am in the classroom! What a great experience,

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Discovery has a wonderful parent and student population where everyone works for the benefit of the individual child.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2009
It is a parent participation school that emphasizes community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
This is a great school where Teachers care and connect with the students on a very personal level. The kids know the teachers care and trust them so they relax and are able to be open to learning. The teachers are very creative with their teaching style to fit the needs of many kids. The parents and kids are the best! They are super friendly and creative too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Discovery is a warm, caring, and involved community that meets the needs and sparks the interests of all students. We do hands on and minds on projects, thematic units, service learning, small group instruction, and meaningful learning experiences that ask for critical and creative thinking. I am so happy to be working at this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
Friendly kids, dedicated teachers and superb parent participation. Add great afterschool enrichment programs to that

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Discovery charter has the most awesome principal and teachers. My husband and I are so impressed with the school's experiential learning model. It's comforting to see the tremendous effort each parent contributes in making sure the students get the best education possible. My son is in Kindergarten and has been going to Discovery for one month. Within this short period, the school has made a huge impact on the way he thinks of what a school should be. He looks forward to going to school every morning and does not want to leave at the end of the day because he enjoys being in school so much. I can see the joy in his eyes. I wish the Discovery Charter model can be applied to every school in this country.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Great teachers, great kids, great education

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
It provides a nurturing and developmental environment where children feel safe and have fun.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
A caring and developmental environment. I am so glad I could send my kids there. Smaller class sizes and great adult-to-kid ratio (because parents help in the classroom). This means the teacher can focus on teaching, instead of just classroom management. The kids get much more attention. Wonderful!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Parent Participation makes our school the best learning environment for kids!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 02, 2009
To clarify we do have boys and girls basketball and soccer (not co-ed). We do however have a no cut policy on all teams. This may change in future years as the Middle School intends to grow to as many as 230 students. For all of the 'developmental education' I truly was not challenged for all three years I have been here. Seriously considering other schools for next year. The social studies curriculum is very easy and well liked by many because of its simplicity while it is really just dumbed down even at the middle school level. 8th grade math teacher is very good and enthusiastic. There have been quite a few issues with teachers being kept even after being completely incompetent. There has been very little action on the administrations part to work with or let go such teachers if there is no improvement(speaking from all too personal experience).

- submitted by a student
no rating June 01, 2009
This school is too small. I think that only kids that like little people in classes should go there. Everyone I know likes big size classes. Not much focus on any arts.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
It's a lot of work being a parent at this school, and with that work comes an assortment of aggravations, from complicated communications issues to the ridiculous parking situation. However, I am 100% convinced that being involved here is worth the effort. The K-8 student population, the extensive parent involvement, and the dedicated teaching staff make this a true multi-generational community where the emotional intelligence of the children is actively cultivated, and children form genuine bonds not only with same-age peers, but with many caring adults and children in other age groups. I thought I'd be sacrificing at least a little on the academic side to gain this socio-emotional focus, but in fact, my child has been far more stimulated and challenged academically here than at her previous (high-scoring but uninspiring) school. A win-win - and it lasts all the way through middle school!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
This school is the perfect example of what Charter Schools were designed to do. It offers a choice for parents who want a school that offers them a chance to work with the kids and staff in meaningful ways.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
In these times of education cost cutting, Discovery has found a way to offer hands-on learning to all its students. I don't pay tuition, but my children get to garden, cook, and do art weekly, go on 8-10 field trips a year, and keep a small class size. They receive personal attention from their teachers, feel supported in their social and emotional development and understand how they learn best. You just can't get that from neighborhood schools. Discovery brings together families who want to be involved in their kids' education and creates a cross-cultural but like-minded community. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 11, 2008
My own personal experience at Discovery was that there is a lack of discipline ,the other parents watch their own children fight and use bad words while doing nothing about it. I asked the Principal as to why , he said that blowing the whistle at children is wrong .At the board meetings the meetings looked more like political rallies ; Discovery shares a Campus in partable buildings with another school , every board meeting was about how to take over another campus ; how are we to get more students from Moreland. The lawn that Discovery Shares with the other school is bone dry , you can't play on a dead lawn , I complained about it to the Discovey board they said ' we can't do anything about it......just tell that other school' After two weeks I pulled my child out.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
My son came to DCS after a traumatic kindergarden year at a general public school at Pomery Elementary School. This school has turned my son from hating to loving school!! I love this school. Because of this school, I will not move out of this area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 25, 2008
We've attended this school two years now (since it's beginning). We've been greatly disappointed with our experience. We're anxiously waiting to leave after June. Both teachers we've had have been a disappointment. Our dealings with the principal confirmed his lack of proffessionalism. We've heard there are good teachers, we haven't had one. There has been a high turnover of teachers since the school opened. School requires a very high level of participation. You must: work 2 hrs per child in the class, find a job/ role in the class or schoolwide, drive students to a min. of three fieldtrips per child, work during a parent workday on a weekend, attend many parent education meetings. We did all this and decided it isn't worth it when teachers weren't any good. They push hard $500/ pledge per child and publish names of those who donate in newsletter thus outing those who don't. Unethical!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2008
No After School Sports provided..Small play area... Not willing to work with seperated parents

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2008
Discovery is an excellent school. After only one and a half years this school has a strong staff and educational program. Their programs set the pace for the entire Morelnad School District. A program implemented at Disocvery Charter will usually follow suit in the schools in the surrounding areas. This I think is fantastic; because it challenges the traditional districts to think about creative educational solutions for all the children in the area. Without this great school it would be the same old same old around here the area. It's refreshing to change . I should add that my children enjoy this school and love coming everyday.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2007
I loved going to this school and I miss it so much! The small classes and teachers were excellent and by the end of the year all the kids in my class were like best friends.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
Discovery Charter School of San Jose is a wonderful school! My kids love it here. Friendly teachers, staff and parents - all working together creating an excellent educational environment for our children. Parents help in the classroom and on campus; Teacher-led small groups instruction with hands-on learning. Regular core studies inter-mixed with art, gardening, cooking, Spanish, music, PE, and monthly field trips relating to a theme-based curriculum. I highly recommend this school and am very proud to be part of this truly amazing school community.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
Most of the parents are very motivated. School seems to run entirely based on parents efforts. The teachers especially elementary showed lot of excitement in the beginning but have no experience teaching kids and left the school in the middle of the year. The school is more geared up for middle-schoolers than smaller kids. I gave 3 stars basically for the motivated parents who kept the school running but the staff deserve no stars at all. The year 2006-07 was very chaotic, and I decided to remove my child from this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
This is a parent participation developmental school that really works. The community is awesome and the education is stellar. Curriculum is thematic and the parent participation makes lots of extras available such as knitting, cooking, gardening, and science projects that use parent expertise.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
This school accomplished many things in it's first year of operation. Along with the sucess stories, there were some important problems that had to be addressed. The incredible community of parents, staff and students worked together to address the issues. While not everything was sucessfully resolved, it was a great experience to listen to parents get together and ask, 'What can we do to get through this situation?' In other schools I have heard parents ask, 'When is the principal going to take care of this problem?' DCS creates an welcoming environment that manages to work wonders for the children who learn there.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
Wonderful public school with great parent participation. Very happy with faculty and their support of the Discovery method (mixed classes). Smaller class sizes than most public schools. With the high parent participation there is a sense of additional security and comfort in knowing there are parents in addition to faculty helping, teaching, and watching over the kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
New this year, great progress was made. Parents contribute 2 hours per week per student. Very noticeable. Small private-like school that is public. Wonderful music, cooking, gardening, spanish, campouts, field trips, and more.

- submitted by a parent
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Discovery Charter School is based on developmentally appropriate teaching methods that successfully integrate teaching that accommodates the whole child with respect to individual learning styles, developmental readiness, and rates of achievement.

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Discovery Charter School
4021 Teale Avenue, San Jose, CA  95117
(408) 243-9800
Last modified Discovery Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Discovery Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 149 reviews. Top