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Discovery Elementary School

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Posted February 7, 2014

I think it's a great school!! Everything is amazing! Exept the P.E teachers. There so strict! And they should give the students a break. There still young!


Posted February 26, 2013

We seriously could not be happier with Discovery Elementary. Our son is in kindergarten there and the teachers are WONDERFUL. Even though his class has 32 students, during the day they break up into 3 different groups (led by the main teacher, another kindergarten teacher and usually a parent volunteer) so your child will receive more individual, one-on-one attention which is awesome. Yes, in kindergarten they dance and sing (Which we LOVE! To the parent who commented about that negatively below: geez, lighten up!), but they also do so much more. Our son has learned SO much since the beginning of the year! To our amazement he is already beginning to read. He loves going and hates to miss a day. The Principal, Mr. Trujillo and his staff truly care. The PTO and parent involvement is awesome. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Discovery Elementary! We look forward to having both of our sons attend their entire K-5!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2012

Excellent teachers! Great kids! Wonderful parent involvement! Love it! 2 kids went from kinder to 5th grade. Still have my third child attending. Love! Love! Love!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

I have to laugh at the review below stating that they are moving to San Elijo. Does she really think that kids are different 1/2 mile away? God forbid kids sing and dance in kindergarten. Anyhow, I have one child who has gone through Discovery and two who are still there. It is a wonderful school in every way. We have had nothing but wonderful teachers. They have been loving, professional, dedicated, communicative, and approachable. The principal is hands on and wonderful with parents. He really listens. We have not had one problem at this school. All of my kids have shined on the state tests (if that's important to you) and I attribute it to their wonderful teachers. My kids have loved all of their teachers. Thank you, Discovery!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Everyone we have encountered at the school cares about the children first. They promote a sense of community and do a fantastic job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2010

This school is good one, not the best but I am satisfied with kindergarden so far .But KOC is something, which really needs to change.When I am picking up my child "teachers" are sitting in one spot, they can't see kids on the other side of the playground. When sth will happen, I will be first to sign, that this is because of staff laziness.One leader, which is in charge barely moves through the day and has a such a bad attitude.There are some people, which are really playing with kids and having fun.This after and before program cost parent a money.As far as I compared with schools in Carlsbad it's expensive.I wish that management has better attitude, and be more positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

We moved here last year and are a bit disappointed with the Kindergarten curriculum. The kids do more preschool stuff like dancing and singing, and are not very challenged. The children use inappropriate language for such young kids and are trying to kiss each other at recess. Gross. We are moving our daughter next year to San Elijo Hills if possible. THUMBS DOWN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Discovery Elementary is an amazing elementary school in San Marcos, California. The principal and staff are incredible passionate about what they do every day, and it shows with the increase in test scores over the past year. I feel very fortunate to have both my children enrolled in such an incredible school environment! Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are fantastic. The administration is fantastic. The students who go there love to learn. This is what makes it the greatest school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The staff at Discovery is awesome. They truly care about the kids and being successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

I agree, this is a good school, but children are not disciplined well. The chaos in the AM for drop off is terrible. Balls flying every which way while children try and line up. My daughter got a black eye from standing in line and getting smacked by an errant football. Footballs belong on the field, not in the line for class. It's the chaos and poor attitudes by some children that need to be curbed. Academically, it's on par with SM district. Teachers and administration seem to care a great deal for the students, so that's a huge plus!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

This school is overall a GREAT place for children to grow and learn. The school could use a little more discipline with the children..too many are getting away with things they never would have 5 years ago! Too many catering to parents wants rather than the childs Learning needs! but over all a great place
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

sadly this school has just gone down each year. After school programs have hardly any enrollment. Music programs (individually paid for) have little enrollment. The PE program is a joke (they don't include running into their curriculum) but do stretches and play frisbee and chinese jump rope. High staff turnover rate and numerous unhappy parents (just hang out on the blacktop after school starts for all the latest gossip). Compared to many other schools in the SMUSD, this one is by far on the list of the bottom 5.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

This is a great school and we love the teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

My son spent his elementary school years at Discovery Elementary. Recess got progressively restrictive for the kids. After lunch, the kids have to line up to wait for all the other kids to finish before they can go play.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

Dicovery Elementary is a fantastic school! The principal leadership and teacher quality is more then I could have ever imagined a public school could provide for my son. The school strives to bring the best out in each student, and creates a positive community for the children and their families. As a parent I could not be happier with a school and the all of the opportunities to jump right in and get involved with my sons' education. Thank you Discovery!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2007

Principal and Teachers main focus is giving their students the best education possible. Discovery School is a very family oriented. I know now I made the right decision in sending my child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

We've been so happy with this school. Everyone shows an amazing amount of commitment and enthusiasm. The school does a lot to promote a sense of community--and it really makes our neighborhood feel like a small town. My daughter loves going to school here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

I feel that Discovery Elementary is a great school with caring teachers and a very high average of parent participation. I feel fortunate to have a school where I feel free to discuss things with our teacher and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Good school however, caters to non english speaking students thus taking time away from english speaking students. A lot of good teachers leaving to follow former principal.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

901

Change from
2012 to 2013

-9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

901

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-9

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females75%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate69%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state73%

Math

All Students83%
Females80%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner77%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate75%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students70%
Females76%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state85%

Math

All Students84%
Females81%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females94%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate81%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state73%

Math

All Students91%
Females92%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate91%
Parent education - high school graduate88%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females88%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability47%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state92%

Math

All Students88%
Females89%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate87%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state100%

Science

All Students83%
Females82%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 57%
Hispanic 26%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 3%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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