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.
I appreciate all the parent support. The enrichments really are valuable. I love a K - 8 school too.
The teachers, faculty and parents are so enthusiastic about nurturing our children. I feel very fortunate to be part of the DCS family,
Discovery is a wonderful school that focuses on the "whole" child not just teaches them to read and write.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Parent involvement, hands-on learning, caring, dedicated staff, individualized instruction
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