If you're looking for a school with children sitting quietly in organized rows, this is not the school for you. If you want your children to learn in a collaborative, non-competetive setting, this could be the school for you. My children have been here since the school opened and I've been pleased. They've made positive friendships and have benefitted from a broad education. Modeled after McAuliffe in Cupertino and the now-closed Moreland Discovery School, the school focuses on meeting the individual needs of the student, helping each one improve, no matter what level. Driving for field trips can be a sacrifice of time, but it's a great opportunity to go on walks led by the Audubon Society, visited the planetarium at De Anza, and led the Pledge of Allegiance for the SJ City Council.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
No After School Sports provided..Small play area... Not willing to work with seperated parents
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My three children love going to school here. Teachers care about each child and my kids classmates are friendly and accepting of each other. Great diversity and great parents who care about their child's education and well being. Kids learn by doing, so lots of hands on education. Must be prepared, as a parent, to really participate!
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.
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.
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