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Teacher effectiveness: Strongly disagree


- a parent
3 years running my child has had 'teachers' that have no business dealing with children nor being anywhere near a classroom. Of course there are exceptions. I would say about 10% of the teachers at Discovery could function in a non-bureaucratic, non-teacher union setting. As for the other 90% they should be working in the retail or fast food sectors.

Amount of homework: Disagree


- a parent
No homework most weekday nights, then all of a sudden Friday nights massive amounts of homework. This tells me the teachers can't or won't keep up with the daily schedule and just throw it onto students to complete at home with parents or guardians. Happens week after week. Ridiculous.




- a parent
Out of 3 years and 3 grade levels I have been disappointed with this school. Each year my child has had bad teachers. 1st year (6th grade) - a math teacher that showed YouTube videos instead of teaching. 2nd year (7th grade) - a reading 'teacher' (I use the term loosely) that bullied my child all year and did not communicate at all. This woman has no place near any classroom. Now 3rd year (8th grade) - A science teacher with zero classroom experience that doesn't know how to teach whatsoever. Can't wait until next year when my child moves on. The Principal is also unconcerned about any of this even after repeated meetings. This school is the victim of nearby apartment dwellers and transient influx. These children repeatedly bully others because their home life is abysmal. Most are single-parent latchkey kids with no supervision or positive reinforcement.



- a parent
Our daughter attended Discovery Middle during her 7th and 8th grade. She had come from a strict, Christian private school; therefore, we were nervous about introducing her to a public school setting. These concerns quickly vanished due to the caring and support she received from teachers and students. Discovery has an amazing staff of administrators, teachers, and ancillary help, who work closely with the children to ensure success. Education and safety are priorities. The school is in need of some technology upgrades, especially since the other local middle schools have received these upgrades. Out of the many pros that this school offers, my only other con would be the fact that students do not use the school lockers. We have received two answers as to why this is the case: safety, and tardiness to next classes. To us, neither of these answers make sense. There should be a process and a plan in place to address this. However, our daughter has not complained about this. These days, most of the homework is completed online, so books stay in the classroom. Overall, it has been a wonderful experience. We look forward to our son attending this great school.



- a community member
The teachers are amazing! The food is not that bad either. And we are a high related "A" school. The 1 problem is the principal is not very social, I pass her in the hallways sometimes and say "hi" sometimes or most of the time she does not respond and keeps her head down to avoid any conversations




- a parent
As with any school, this school has it's up's and down's. The teaching staff is great for the most part but the school overall lacks spirit and true leadership. The principal is anti-parent and does not engage with the students or parents whatsoever creating a very cold environment for both - including it's volunteers. Coming from Waterford Elementary where the principal prided himself on knowing every student's name, and at a mkinimum acknowledged them as he passed them in the hallway if he didn't stop and engage in a conversation with them, Discovery's administration could use a swift kick in the rear end when it comes to leadership. This school is long overdue for a leadership change and could use a young and inspiring leader at the top.



- a parent
This school has been a blessing to our family! The teachers and students are amazing. Bullying is not tolerated here, although we have not had an issue with that anyways. It helps to be in the advanced / honors classes. We are surprised to see bad reviews from parents here. It might be a personal issue or lack of parental involvement. After all, parents must collaborate with the school for success to be achieved. We cannot expect the teachers to raise or cater to our children. The curriculum is challenging; therefore, being organized is a must!



- a parent
Very poor. at communication In and out of school. While you have a few decent, much bullying from teachers and office not just children. All around poor. rating poor school. Btw, not just my children either. Good luck at this school.




- a parent
We moved here a month before the start of the school year from another state. My 7th grade daughter was petrified since she knew no one. The first day many kids introduced themselves to her in her classes and some invited her to sit with them at lunch. What a relief! She says it it the best school she has ever been. A true credit to the parents. The teachers all challenge her and a couple recognized the first week she belonged in the AP classes and made arrangements to keep her challenged and motivated. I have been very pleased with most of the teachers. As far as some of the complaints from reviews a couple years old: The school is not dirty. Maybe it was a couple years ago, but it is definitely cleaned up. I ask my daughter all the time about bullying...if she is a victim or sees it going on. She says no but obviously cant see everything. As a parent, STAY ON TOP OF IT AND DONT RELY ON THE SCHOOL TO HANDLE IT FOR YOU! Also my daughter is in art and the teacher never claims to have been a pink elephant..lol. Dont think twice about sending your kids here. It is a great school with challenging classes, a great sports program, a solid PTSA and friendly students.



- a parent
You do not want your chid here. Don't buy a home into this school zone. You'll regret it.

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Last modified Discovery Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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