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Discovery Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 720 students

 

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2011:
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Posted March 31, 2014

I am not a fan of this school at all. There is bullying and nothing done about it. My daughter has a teacher this year that has made her hate school (1st grade).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

Bullying, Bullying, Bullying and a pretty Landscape is this school is great for.. Teachers are awful except for the exception of Mrs. Almeyda.. If you like your child bullied and the teacher nor principal do anything about it than by all means send your child here..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

My daughter is attending Discovery Elementary for her first year of kindergarten. The school is very un organized sending different times of dismissal times, rescheduled testing days without notifying myself, lack of staff knowing what is going on, seemed very scary to leave my child there from the lack of knowledge from the staff. Bacially figure everything out yourself or you will get 10 different ancwers from the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

My child has excelled at Discovey since Kindergarten. On FCATS he has scored 4's and 5's. I have nothing but good to say!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2013

This school is falling apart ever since Principle McCalla left. As a former student I'm ashamed to see what has happened to this school and how bad they now teach my younger sibling now at Discovery. Parents, DO NOT enroll your child in this school as nothing good will come from it. Bottom line 1 star because I can't give none at all


Posted August 13, 2012

There are plenty of great charter schools with bus transportation. Do your kids a favor and apply elsewhere! This school was my kids worst nightmare. Absolutely not a good learning environment! The staff seems nice, school looks pretty, but don't be fooled! Do not subject your children to this school you will surely regret it. I know I did!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

My kids loved it there because they thought it was much easier than the school they go to now. One was there from K-2 & my other was there K-1. I liked it until my kids started their new school and we found they were behind & struggling academically. I think the school should focus more on academics than earning their "beautiful landscape" award (or whatever it's called). Switching schools was the result of being rezoned and I feel like it was a blessing! Sad part is, my 4th grader still only got a 3 on FCAT Writes. Bottom line, all Discovers really has going for it is that it looks good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

I am only awarding 1 star because I have to award at least one. The issues and the mistreatement of my child, and poor cooperation I have received from the teacher and principal do not deserve any kind of star at all. My child has been mistreated by a teacher, and the principal refused to meet with me about it until I threatened to go to the school board. When a formal complaint and investigation found that my child should be removed for his on safety from this women's class, the principal refused to give in to the demands of the investigation unitl I went to the school bard. She refused to give me the final outcome of the investigation which by law (because all teachers are state employees and complaints are public record) is not allowed. We have then faced retaliation because of the complaint, and my child is the one suffering from it. We haven't had a single issue until this incident. Even another teacher has come to me privately expressing the concern for my child. He will not be going there next year because of this treatment. Unfortunately there are student who still have to go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2011

My children have attended many schools in their short lives. I have found Discovery to be a fine school. Both of my children have obtained A-B honor roll at discovery and my daughter has excelled since moving on to middle school which I attribute to the great educators at Discovery. As with most things if you find your child struggling at Discovery first check the mirror and you will probably find the problem
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

That is true too ... Wanted to share something my child and I experienced today. This morning was the first day of the school year .. A few children were walking around not knowing where to go (These are kindergarten and 1st graders I am talking about) ... They were crying and I couldn't believe it. My daughter looked at me - " Mommy are they okay " Not 5 seconds went by before a teacher or member of staff was right there with the child to comfort and guide them to the appropriate classroom. I just didn't understand how anyone could say anything bad about this school. Everyone should know that their child is in good hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

It's all so confusing. I think we all have good and bad experiences. Just wish everything could even out - but I don't know how that will happen. I don't think it's fair to judge every parent or teacher based on individual experiences. The majority of teacher that I have come in contact with seem great - as well as the office staff. And the few parents that I have had contact with appear to be very involved. I don't know if I can assume negatives for the teachers and parents that I am not in contact with. I just don't know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

The higher ratings were posted for the previous PRINCIPAL. Let's focus on today -look at the plunging FCAT scores, look at the INADEQUATE JOKE OF A "School Improvement Plan" - seriously look at it! There is no positive leadership here and bullying doesn't stop with the kids, teachers are also bullied by administration - which is why they are losing GREAT staff AND in turn losing quality students - who are seeking education elsewhere. I PRAY the district finally does something about this school; find a principal who CAN turn this school into a leading institution of learning - not one at the bottom in the district - NOT TO MENTION IN THE STATE! It's embarassing to be associated w/ this school - it REALLY IS! I do agree parent involvement is important ; it is HORRIBLE here - but that may be due to the fact that the parents have been run off campus by SOME power hungry teachers (very unprofessional) and the principal - it's a very unwelcoming place for parents. There are ways to force parental involveement...DO IT, FORCE PARENTS TO COME IN AND SIGN FOR REPORT CARDS LIKE MY PARENTS HAD TO DO WAY BACK WHEN! DO SOMETHING! THERE ARE NO POSITIVE CHANGES HAPPENING AT AL - IT'S INSANE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

principal is not the kind of person i think should be working as one. the teachers are great The parents don't care for there children and there actions. There is to much bulling going on and no control and district needs to step in kids get suspended for things not there fault and the others involved no action is taken it is not fare .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

I am not impressed w/ the principal. Teachers are ok, but I've certainly had better. Several times my kids have come home w/ days of homework still in their folders from the week before, and oftentimes, homework is not very clear and the kids are not sure what they are supposed to do. My one childs teacher MOST of the time doesn't even give him homework because she thinks he's doing so well in class. I want my son to learn MORE, I don't want him to just get by! This school is going to loose their good educators if the administration doesn't wise up! I think this principal is not used to parents who are genuinely interested in their kids education and those who do not buy her mediocre efforts at management.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Discovery is such a great school with a fantastic staff. They are very professional with all parents and fair and fun with the students. The grounds always look great also. I my daughter attends and so did my husband over 20 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

Teacher's are very knowledgeable and helpful to the students. My kids really enjoy Discovery.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2009

Discovery is an elementary school that stands out above all the rest. All the teachers are willing to lend the extra time if your child needs the extra time to master a skill. The parents are always walking around school as volunteers, I am also a constant volunteer. There are so many clubs, arts and music, you name it we have it. I only hope with all the budget cuts that we continue this because the students are the ones that will suffer. Anyone looking for a school in Palm Bay..........this is the one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2007

It is a great school. Discipline-wise, the principal is very involved in students activities. she treats each student like her child and encourages them all the time. The kindergarten teachers are very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

Very impressed with my child's kindergarten Teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

Wonderful school, teachers are very supportive. Would like to see more parent involement and extracurricular activities.
—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.

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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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
73%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
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 53% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

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 "B".
  • 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

Algebra I

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

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Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

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

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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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 46%
Black 26%
Hispanic 18%
Two or more races 8%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 9%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 66%58%61%
Master's degree 34%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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1275 Glendale Avenue Northwest
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