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Discovery Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 666 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

a Safe school for everyone!! We love to have our son here for many reasons including the professionalism that they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

I came across this site by accident... I was originally trying to find the school's phone number & now I find myself reading reviews. (lol) I have a son who is in 1st grade & a daughter in kindergarten at Discovery Elementary. I'm actually shocked to see so many negative reviews pertaining the principal & office staff... they've always been so friendly & helpful, I can't imagine them ever being "rude, unpleasant, or unapproachable." The principal is always in the parent pick-up loop when I drop the kids off in the morning & when I pick them up in the afternoon. Sometimes she opens the door for them & she even calls them by name to come to the car- they love that, by the way. It really gives you a sense of ease knowing that she watches out for your kids. I love her! The front office staff & teachers are the same. They made sure we had a Thanksgiving dinner last year & they also gave my daughter a backpack on her 1st day of school when we couldn't afford one. They do whatever they can to give all of their students a happy childhood & provide them with the education they need to succeed. Very glad to have my kids here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

I am a former student. I liked the school overall. Good education and mostly great teachers. The principal was a little unapproachable, but I had a good 6 years :) I am now in 8th grade so it's been a few years, hopefully they've improved -Madison Taylor


Posted January 16, 2013

This school is a great school that involves parents. The teachers are great with the children. My family all brought there children to this school because no other school Elementary School in Deltona gives the proper education like Discovery. Elementry schools are very important these years your chlidren grow up they learn the most. Discovery seems to be doing something right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2012

Horrible school, I have a 2nd and 3rd grader. Teachers are lazy and not knowlegable, Teachers and school are very unorganized, no communication nor care in their students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

Both my boys (K-3 & k-1) went there and I have had a different experience with both. I love the staff, they remember faces so well. My boys love their teachers, staff and principle. It was hard to communicate with my eldest teachers who was in a regular class but my youngest, who is autistic, was in the ESE program and it was beyond what I expected. The teachers are amazing and Mrs Duffer has a heart of gold. If your child has an IEP that requires them to be in a class for children with special needs, I DEFINITELY recommend this school for your child. The regular classes are average but this school definitely excels on the program available for children with special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

I Was a student there for 4-5 that's a pretty good school, the teachers are great there , sometimes the office staff can be a bit rude but it's a great school. -Submitted by a old student


Posted August 23, 2010

My son is starting his 4th year at Discovery so I have been there long enough to state that most of the teachers are excellent. In my opinion this is half the battle in a system where school staffs, parents and students most work together for the success of our children. At Discovery, unfortunately this is not possible. The Principal is unapproachable and is not good at resolving student conflicts. The new front office staff is rude and not at all concern with student safety. (Ex: I have walked in to pick up my son early twice and was never ask for identification, again front office staff is new and don t know who I am). It s hard to get parents involved and volunteering in school activities when the staff is so unpleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

This is my son's third year at this school and I agree here that the office staff and principal are cold. They have also been rude in some cases. Though my sons teachers throughout the years have been pretty awesome. My son needs more challenging academic programs and better school leadership. Also, I hate the fact that they pass a student to the next grade with an FCAT sore of 1 on Math just because he scored a 3 on the Reading part. What success does this create? I'm looking to transfer my son from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

This is my grandsons second year at Discovery I have observed a healthy parent teacher relationship focused on helping the children appreciate and enjoy their education.


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers make sure that each child gets individual attention to help them succeed. The administration & parents go out of their way to make sure we come together for our children. The only thing we lack is funding, winning this would greatly help us help our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I have to echo the last two post on this school. The principle has a 'my way or the high way attitude'. There have been more than one occasion where I have tried to communicate with this school only to be brushed off or given a defensive response where they shift the blame. However there are some wonderful teachers there and also some bad ones. I am currently looking into transferring my child to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

I rate this school a 2. If I could send my children to another school I would. If you dont know whos who, you cant get a straight answer from anybody. The office staff look at you as if you have 3 heads when you ask them something. I have 1 more year here and I'm out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

I rate this school a 3. The principal is not a 'people' person, therefore, parents feel put off by her. The office staff is very 'cold' to parents, etc., entering the front door of Discovery. I have learned that you have to be in their little 'clique' to fit in at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

Seems like a great school. It's not a newer school, but the teachers all seem nice & helpful. They are making improvements & starting to expand a little bit. The principal doesn't seem to be the most approachable person, but the assistant principal seems real friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Large neighborhood school with large hispanic population. Good administration with high teacher turnover.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 19, 2005

Discovery has good academic programs for students who need extra help. They have a good amount of extra cirricular activities throughout the day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2004

I think that the best teacher there is Mr.Phillips!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

My children have attended Discovery Elementary for 2 years. They are both in first grade now and have had very positive experiences at this school. Both children have awesome teachers that have been very helpful and cooperative in helping my children overcome any problems they have had. I look forward to many more great years at Discovery.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 45%
Hispanic 40%
Black 9%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%56%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. SUZANN KENIS
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  • (386) 860-3316

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975 Abagail Drive
Deltona, FL 32725
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