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K-5
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San Marcos, CA
Students enrolled: 987

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730 Applewilde Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078

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(760) 290-2077
(760) 744-8847
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February 07, 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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
no rating October 09, 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
July 09, 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
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
no rating 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
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
no rating September 16, 2009
The staff at Discovery is awesome. They truly care about the kids and being successful.

- submitted by a parent
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
no rating February 03, 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
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
no rating September 16, 2008
This is a great school and we love the teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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.

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April 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 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!!!!!!

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August 16, 2007
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May 27, 2007
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May 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 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
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
June 05, 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
May 08, 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
November 08, 2005
I am very happy with this school, they have worked hard on making sure that the kids and the school gets the recognition they deserve, I believe this is one great school, comparable with any blue ribbon.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
We love Discovery Elementary School!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
The quality of teaching is exceptional. Most teachers have many years of experience or are mentored by someone who has a lot of experience. Communication to parents is great. The school itself is located in a nice, safe location. The facilities are beautiful, including a fabulous library.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2005
I consider this school to have an excellent academic program. There is a great deal of parent involvement and fundraising throughout the year. Children are given music, art and sports lessons. Excellent extracurricular activities are available after school.

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June 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
I find that this school is very amiable to those families who have children with learning disabilites.

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March 02, 2005
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January 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
My Kids attended both Poway and San Diego City schools. After moving to San Marcos and experiencing this school, my husband and I are in love with the school, office staff and mostly the Teachers. Great communication between Parent and Teacher. My 5th grader will be going to middle school and my 8 year old into 4th grade. We will miss the 5th grade staff very much but are excited to join the middle school family.

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January 24, 2004
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September 12, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
The teachers at this school involve the parents in every activity, great communication on our child;s progress.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
This is an example of an elementary school doing things well: Continuous progress, many great teachers, and discipline. They even promote patriotism, imagine that. This is as close to 'the way school was when we were kids' as I think we can get in today's politically correct world. Great! (SMHS and SMMS need to take a few pointers)

- submitted by a parent
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Discovery Elementary School
730 Applewilde Drive, San Marcos, CA  92078
(760) 290-2077
Last modified Discovery Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Discovery Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top