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Discovery Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 459 students

 

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Posted October 12, 2010

Both of my son's teachers have been exceptional with handling multiple student personalities and needs, as well as delivering outstanding performance with presenting the curriculum. The staff at Discovery have all been more than helpful when we have needed them, and have always been super friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

I have two kids at Discovery in 3rd and 5th grades. They have had wonderful experiences since coming to the school 2 years ago. Their teachers have blessed my kids with encouragement, tools for life, and the love of learning. Discovery is up to date on its curriculum, but I do wish there were a bit more pressure on the students to excel rather than get by with average work. I have 4 children though, and Discovery was not a good fit for my other 2 because they had learning disabilities. The teachers and principal made it known these 2 did not fit the mold. We homeschool them now and have seen great strides in their academics and self confidence. If a child doesn't have learning issues, Discovery is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

We recently relocated back to Gig Harbor, after living in Ohio and Texas for 4 years. Our 8 year old son, having had 5 teachers in 3.5 years, due to corporate moves, maternity leave, and grade changes, adapted WONDERFULLY into the Wriley Community in 3rd grade at Discovery Elementary. His teachers tell us they would have never guessed our son had only started there a few weeks ago...he walks through the halls and knows teachers and students by name and shows he feels comfortable by his smiles and good behavior and his good grades. The school principal, Mr. Brooks takes time to get to know each student and parent and has worked with staff to create a fun, intimate, healthy learning arena where our son is blooming. We love Discovery!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

We sent our son to Discovery for a couple of years, and the teachers were wonderful. I do think they spend a lot of their time controlling noisy student behavior though. The school has a very open lay-out. The students are noisy, and the expectations that they be kids hampered my son's ability to focus and learn. I think the expectations for most of the students are too low, and that those children who don't excel on their own are not expected to learn much. We finally decided to put our son elsewhere, where the expectations were higher, and where he is able to focus better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

Our son attended kindergarten at Discovery, and I was very pleased with the turn-out and participation in parent meetings. The academic programs were very child-centered and appropriate.. with emphasis on learning to read, and laying a strong social foundation. We were sorry to leave the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

Wonderful school which encourages children to remain kids. Great community atmosphere. Incredible interior boasting a boat a theatre and classrooms which look like houses along a street. Really a fun and enriching place for any child to go and learn while being supported and respected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

The elementary school is the best in Gig Harbor. It has very active parents and the teachers are superb. Children really enjoy learning and going to school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

My daughter attended Discovery Elementary for 3rd grade. It was a good public education. She was involved in music, art and sports. We did struggle with keeping her challenged without moving her up a grade. Other than that, we found a high level of parent involvement in a variety of ways. The overall experience was a positive one for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2004

I have two children at Discovery and both have had excellent teachers all the way through! The staff places a high priority on the overall development of the student, emphasizing life-long learning skills. It is a very nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2003

We have been at Discovery for 5 years now and have had wonderful, positive experiences with the teachers, staff, volunteers and quality of education our children receive. Our 9 year old had and opportunity to transfer out to a challenge program at another school and we researched and decided the best place for her was at Discovery. It is a terrific school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 65% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students69%
Female80%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income47%
Not low income76%
Special education25%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female83%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income59%
Not low income75%
Special education17%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students63%
Female52%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income60%
Not low income64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female94%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income80%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female90%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income73%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students69%
Female74%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income73%
Not low income68%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female74%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income73%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female71%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income67%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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 80% 60%
Two or more races 8% 6%
Hispanic 7% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 219%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 90%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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  • David Brooks

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4905 Rosedale St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Phone: (253) 530-1200

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