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Discovery School

Public | PK-8 | 567 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

I cannot say enough about this school. The teachers are excellent and always willing to go above and beyond to help our their students. They are top notch! The principal, Mrs. Conrad is amazing. She always makes you feel welcome no matter what the circumstance. The children love her! The Buffalo School system is always being attacked , but there are diamonds in the rough and Discovery is one of them. I am very proud that my daughter attends school in Buffalo at Discovery and look forward to many happy years here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

All 3 of my children attend this school and they love it! It truely is a "Hands on Minds on Learning" experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2011

My one son started attending this school last year. The teachers that he had were great and went above and beyond the call of duty. I have another child that attends a different public school and to see the degree of difference is a disappointment. I wish that both of my children could attend Discovery school. If not one of the best it is the best public school in the city of Buffalo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

Discovery is a wonderful school, it's the best choice I ever made for my child. The teachers go above and beyond the call of duty. The principal is right on top of things and should be commended for the job she does. The district should take pride in Discovery school because it's top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

this school is great and i think the parent who wrote other wise must have a child in trouble. The principle is fair and won't take any garbage that is the way it should be...I had a child at a catholic school that could have used our principle for one day to straighten things out. Parents need to get with the program and pay more attention to thier kids school work and lives
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

Discovery School has and continues to make great strides as others remain stagnant or take steps backwards. I have never nor have I heard of any problems with the principle. I believe the 2 comments concerning this are from one unhappy, and dare I say unreasonable parent. The education your child receives is top notch. When my son transferred from Catholic school, it took him 2 years to catch up, but now he is on the honor roll. Discovery now has a track team & basketball team. They also have a baseball and hockey team in the works. A+++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

The school is great but the principal does have a real problem in the way she deals with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

I am astounded to hear about the last comment. As a parent of children at Discovery School #67 I have never had a negative experience in all my years involved with the school. The staff is always supportive and professional. The test scores are among the highest in the city. From what I understand, the waiting list is a mile long- you are fortunate to have the opportunity to send your children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

This school is terrible. From day one we had problems with the teacher & principal. They were unwilling to work with us. Teachers for pre-K are the worst. Also, I was disgusted at the way the principal treated the parents. Do your kids a favor & don't send them there. Check into charter schools... they are well worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

great school, great location in south buffalo, also services kaisertown... full day pre-k to grade 7 for 2006-07 school year...school just reopended after undergoing $14 million in renovations...programs and facilities match any suburban community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

Excellent school. Teachers go out of their way to ensure student success. They've really began to add extra curricular activities since school was moved to its permant home. Couldn't be happier with the quality and caring at Discovery School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2005

excellent program with qualified, caring teachers. Very involved families. Great learning environment!! Increasing amount of extracurricular activities. Broad selection of clubs for children to enrich their education.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

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 State average
White 2 82% 48%
Hispanic 2 9% 23%
Black 1 6% 19%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 138%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 28%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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  • MS. MARY JO CONRAD

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911 Abbott Rd
Buffalo, NY 14220
Phone: (716) 816-4922

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