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.
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.
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.
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....!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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