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Discovery Intermediate School

Public | 6-8 | 1185 students

 

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Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

bad school, horrible staff, the principal has a bad attitude, and some teachers dont even respond to the parents calls, I had a meeting with them and one of the teachers even lied about trying to get in touch with the parent, very unethical behavior to say the least.


Posted August 7, 2014

The advanced kids are not tested through the curriculum but the other children love attending thins school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2014

This school I don't give it a rate I would give it a zero my kids attend this ans my nephew which one of my kids is autistic and he got jump by a 14 year old child my son got concussion on the head and two permanent teeth were knocked that day one of the staff that works there try to wash his hand saying that he was there all the time and the incident like he called it did not happened in school grounds but the police was able to see the blood stain and the two teeth right next to one of the classroom where it happened so the staff was lying making excuses that he was the last one to leave. And my nephew got beat up as well, and when his mother went to the school and complain about the bullying they didn't even listen to her cause it happened out of school grounds but the bullying started in the classroom, my older son also some other kids are threatening that they gonna jump him and serious threats to him this is not a safe environmental school for our children's. I give this school a BIG FAT ZERO. I'm not mentioning name of no one I'm respecting the guidelines.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

This is my first year at Discovery Intermediate School and so far the teachers are very nice and explains things that you don't understand wonderfully.


Posted July 10, 2011

i love this school it's the best and i spent 2 years there and i will now b going 2 it for my 3rd year for 8th grade.....even though they don't hve tht much activities u can recomend an activity and they acually take it 2 heart...so all u haters needs 2 get ur facts right :-D


Posted December 12, 2010

the school is terrible, they lack alot of things and they can't discipline right, they need help HONESTLY! Don't go to that school, you will feel miserable.


Posted July 8, 2010

This school is the best school that I have ever been too. The teachers are congenial and everyday seems to start off fresh and filled with euphoria. Hardly are the teachers condescending, and they pervade epiphanies to make Discovery a successful learning environment. Sadly, I moved and I'm attending a different middle school in the county. I want to go back to Discovery so badly. The motivations encourages your mind and body to learn about the wonderful types of things in our world. (:


Posted August 8, 2009

Discovery is a wonderful school. it might have its bad and good teachers but what school doesn't. I love the school. it could some improvment here and threr but over all, it is a nice school. I am glad I spent my 6th and 7th years there and cant wait to spend the 8th. P.S. Ms. Peneranda, Ms. Felicia, Mr. Kelly, and Mr. Kochan are great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2009

I was a student at Discovery this past year. I loved it!!! I loved how D.I.S. had adv anced programs. They offer high school courses for those who need it. Discovery also challenges their students. And Discovery also has an AWESOME after school program. The teachers are very nice. I loved it there, and I Am So Upset That I Had To Move. I Loved It And I Would Do Anything To Go Back. And Most Of All, I Miss My Friends. D.I.S. Friends Are Real And Understand Each Other. Along With The Teachers, They Understand, And Relate To Kids On A Real Level, Not Just As A Reg. Teacher/Student Relationship. They Actually Care About What Going On In The Student's Lives. Pcee && Luvv
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2009

This school is not good at all there is no fun activity to entertain the students and it lacks many of things such as resources to make the student feel comfortable
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

I love this school. That's where I learn all what I need to Know. I have alot of friends there.DIS is a good school, everybody should go there
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2008

I think this school has much learning and catching up to do. Many exspectations are put on these kids and in order for them to learn. That much pressure can make them not want to learn. I think this school deserves to be a 'B' school in all its great learning.


Posted December 15, 2007

I have been a teacher at Discovery since 2001 and I have to say that this is the best school that I have had the privilage to serve. The faculty is outstanding, the Administrative staff is phenomenal, and the support staff is second to none. What we really need is a community that is willing to get behind the school and it s staff, and parents that will stand up to their children, teach them right from wrong, and instill a sense of pride in the school. All three, school, community, and parents need to step up to the challenge of making Discovery the best school in Osceola County. Don t just look at an FCAT rating and think that is all the school is. Get involved in the school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2007

I'm in the honors program here-and this school is very good. It's one of the only schools who offer high school credits for advanced 8th graders!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2007

I think that the school is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

Discovery does not have adequate facilities for students or teachers and suffers greatly from exceptionally high staff turnover, unenforced rules/discipline, and a struggling community in Poinciana. In the next few years, this school must make a drastic makeover in order to check its credibility.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 2, 2006

As a parent (child in elementary) and previous teacher at Discovery, I can empathize with the reviews I just read. In general, there was a lack of consistency in upholding the academic and behavior standards. Those parents that gave support were truly a blessing. Most of the kids are very needy emotionally / academically/ and behavior wise. It got to the point that I asked myself daily 'is it worth it?' I felt sorry for the really 'good' kids that had to sit amongst those that were not interested in learning. I honestly feel some of the kids need to have a wake up call by increased involvement from administration ,law enforcement,parents,and other leaders in the community. The presence of these people need to be known, and visual from the outside of the school, all the way into the classroom.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 11, 2005

Enthusiasm is lacking here. Parent involvement is very low, which hinders the ability of teachers to keep in contact with, or gain support in providing assistance to the students. I hope to see a major improvement in the future, but am not holding my breath.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 8, 2004

I have observed the 6th grade language arts teacher, Mrs. Graffam, a few days. I find her to be a wonderful teacher. She is inovative, energetic and has a great raport with the students. Excellent teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2004

My son is in Discovery since 4th grade, now he's in 6th grade. The transition from P.R. to Florida was not easy, but thanks to DIS administration, certified teachers, guidance counselors ad even custodians really made the difference in my son's adjustment. The teachers with their multicultural background had influenced in my child critical thinking, which is a high order skill. The administration has an 'open door' policy which means that the parent's voice is taken in consideration :SAC meetings, parent's night, open houses,etc. I truly believe what my son repeats of what he listens everyday thru speakers in the morning announcements: 'discovery happens to a prepared mind'
—Submitted by a parent


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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 53% in 2014.

410 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

411 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
43%
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.

355 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

357 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
42%
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 47% in 2014.

264 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

387 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

395 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
28%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

390 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
76%
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 78% in 2012.

439 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
55%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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n/a

2013

 
 
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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 65%
Black 23%
White 8%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%60%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ALAN R RAMOS
Fax number
  • (407) 343-7310

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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5350 San Miguel Road
Kissimmee, FL 34758
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