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Kissimmee, FL
Students enrolled: 1,185
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5350 San Miguel Road
Kissimmee, FL 34758

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(407) 343-7300
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June 12, 2015
This school tries really hard to meet the needs of its students. This school may have had issues several years ago, but it has definitely improved under the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 12, 2015
The teachers are dedicated and compassionate. I have found that when I call and talk to them, they care and want my child to succeed. My oldest daughter is doing well at OCSA after attending Discovery Intermediate for three years.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 12, 2015
The teachers at Discovery Intermediate are hardworking and determined. They push their students to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Agree
June 12, 2015
The school tries, although some of the parents could do a better job of teaching respect at home before the students gets to middle school. When I have been on campus, I have found most of the students to be respectful.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2015
Frustrated with this school . My kid was threatened by his teacher , this I will follow up with. Seem to have a hard time getting good teachers and retaining them. Support staff are not very supportive. This school will always remain below par unless some major changes are implemented and good teachers are retained

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a community member

August 07, 2014
The advanced kids are not tested through the curriculum but the other children love attending thins school.

- submitted by a parent

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

- submitted by a community member

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.

- submitted by a community member

July 08, 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. (:

- submitted by a community member
no rating
August 08, 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
no rating
July 04, 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

March 06, 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
no rating
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
no rating
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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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

August 18, 2007
I think that the school is a good school.

- submitted by a parent

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

September 02, 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

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

November 08, 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

March 01, 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

February 27, 2004
My children have been in Discovery since it opened in 1999. They have progressed greatly since we moved from P.R. My oldest son was on honor roll every year because he had wonderful teachers and a great administration. The school has been going through many growing pains including a large number of transient students that makes adjustment a little difficult by the school does extremely well with the resources they recieve from the government. I'm proud of Discovery.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
I believe that if the administration was more active in what went on in the classrooms, they would see that respect is earned by the teachers when (some of)the teachers treat the students with respect.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2003
In 5th grade my daughter was told 'no dear that is not Arkansas (arkinsaw)it is really pronounced (arkansis)' by her teacher... She did not speak good english... Sad really. Teachers are either over bearing or they just don't seem to care. Not that I could do their job, those are some bad kids....

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2003
My daughter had two teachers at discovery that barely spoke English. It is a real shame that parents of this community don't care enough to demand better. The few decent, caring staff members that were at this school have left for better things, as has my child.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2003
My son attended for 2 years. I would have to say that I would not recommend this school. In general, there seems to be a lack of communication between parents and teachers. Being a parent who tried numerous times to contact various teachers to discuss issues, the only help I received was from Cheryl Smith (Guidance Counselor). The teachers seem to lack control in the classrooms, letting alot of rules be broken.

- submitted by a community member

May 29, 2003
I have a student at this school. She has been here for two years. I feel it has alot of improvments needed as do many other parents in our community. There are no activites for the student who are above the normal academic levels, school district rules are always being broken, and there is grafitti all over the campus ( on luch tables, bathroom stalls, etc) While i know that there is not a perfect school I feel that the rules should been enforced and that the school could be better. The students who are above academic standards are not being treating fairly as far as there education is concerned. This school is known for lossing great staff people and teachers every year. I have seen many leave and it is a true shame to the students. I have spoken to both school board as well as the school principal nothing has changed. I would ask any parent thinking of moving to this area to speak to other parents about the Discovery campus.

- submitted by a community member

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Discovery Intermediate School
5350 San Miguel Road, Kissimmee, FL  34758
(407) 343-7300
Last modified Discovery Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Discovery Intermediate School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top