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4905 Rosedale St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 530-1200
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November 18, 2015
We love Discovery. I had children at Purdy for 2 years and with the redistricting, were moved over to Discovery for 2 of my children. The open classroom plan had me nervous but the teachers have it down really well and I feel my girls are getting a great experience. The curriculum is standard and I wish there were more activities available in the form of clubs etc, but all the basics are there and the staff is just awesome.

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September 17, 2014
I have two boys that love going to school here. But the school has adopted the common core curriculum. I was told they had no choice by one person, which is a lie. The schools are being paid by the federal government to start teaching from common core material which is designed to make kids literally stupid. Sound crazy, just try reading some of the instructions on your child's homework and see who's crazy. My boy asked me for help and after reading two sentences of instructions, I was going to lose my mind, I couldn't figure out what it was trying to tell me to do, it didn't make any sense, and it certainly was NOT logical. And this was a first grade homework assignment. So I did some more research on the internet about common core and I almost can't believe what I am finding out about this. Why didn't the principle look into this before adopting it? Oh I see, its all about money, of course.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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March 08, 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.

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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

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.

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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.

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March 05, 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.

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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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Discovery Elementary School
4905 Rosedale St NW, Gig Harbor, WA  98335
(253) 530-1200
Last modified Discovery Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Discovery Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top