I loved our school, until the change of administration. Recently there has been a cancelled fundraiser which are very important to us as parents to be able to hold these events. They boost morale, and promote a sense of community. I feel this diabolical decision, and the angst it has caused, is merely one of many other issues that has contributed to the building tension between the PTO and the administration since the new principal, Ms. Geldard has taken over. The sudden cancellation of this event undermines the volunteering parents, hurts morale, and, most importantly, hurts our children. Our students look forward to these events. As we see it, this has been a missed fund raising opportunity. I feel strongly that some action needs to be taken to better our school. It is not my intent to blame, but to solicit help in our desperate need of good leadership at Discovery Elementary.
I think that the school has a bad undertone since the new principal has joined the school. She makes Discovery school an unhappy place. She can't get along with anyone on campus. Now, all the good teachers are leaving to the new school because of her. I don't know how San Marcos can have a bad apple principal.
Seems like ever since the former principal left, the school has been going downwards. The PTO and the administration are so disconnected. There is not enough supervision of kids during PE and recess. Kids are just made to run laps during PE regardless of how hot it gets. I wish the school had more caring environment for the children.
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!
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!
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.
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.