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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
I pulled my son after just 2 weeks. The philosophy sounds great, reality however was something else. The teacher was horrible....
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.
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.
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.
Discovery has a fantastic community and offers an excellent learning experience.
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.
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.
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.
Discovery has developed a very nice community in just a few years. They have an interesting academic curriculum that stimulates kids to learn.
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!
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.
My son just started DCS and loves it. He is constantly engaged, which is what it's really about.
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