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Discovery Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 279 students

 

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Posted January 30, 2014

The teachers here are great. Very nice and helpful and fun! My child has always really liked all of her teachers and classes and has had a great time there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2013

My school is great! Many sports avalibe, and electives great students and teachers! AND much much more! :)


Posted February 19, 2012

I go to Discovery, its amazing. Our school is an MYP school. It stands for middle years program.


Posted June 1, 2009

I am on the fence and looking for other reviews. My daughter has ADHD and they have not been as sympathetic as I would have liked. The principal rocks! She even sponged out a spilled fusion V-8 out of my daughter's backpack. Her advice during a meeting as well was impressive and on the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I've been going to this school since the 6th grade! it is a wonderful environment! the teachers are so sweet and everyone gets along! like at other school there are people that are judged because of their ethnicty but at discovery that doesn't exsist! well there is no better place to putyour students in except right here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2008

I'm going into 8th grade this year & I loved this school all the way through this year. It has some strict rules that no one agrees with that much & we have amazing teachers, & I sometimes I wish that discovery was like VSAA & was a 6-12 school! I love Discovery sooo much!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2006

My son really likes Discovery Middle School. He has developed good friendships and chooses his friends wisely. He is surrounded by students from many ethnic and economic backgrounds which has been a good experience for him. The sports program is excellent and there are enough coaches for each student who wants to, to be on a team with no student cut. The after school programs are very good with many opportunities to choose from. The parent group is small, but active with regular monthly meetings. I am so impressed with the principal, she is very involved, caring and accessible. The band program is excellent with an outstanding director. We have had a very positive experience at Discovery.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

I think that discovery is one of the best middle schools you could attend I love it here and am going here for my 3rd year. The teachers are totally understanding and do their job well. especially the math and algebra teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2004

Discovery Middle School is the best middle school that my daughter has ever attended. The teachers are exelent and very helpful if parents have any concerns. The kids are very well behaved and well educated. Discovery Middle School seems like one of the best schools in the USA if you like the idea of your child succeding and having a great time doing so, I would highly recomend Discovery Middle School. In conclusion it is an 'A+' school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 11, 2004

I am currently in the 6th grade going to Discovery Middle School. Discovery is perhaps one of the best things to every have happened to me! For one the teachers and staff are so intelligent and helpful if anyone ever needs it, and second all of the students that go here are very polite and well behaved! It is a very pleasent school expireience. As a matter of fact I thought I would never say this but I think that school should be longer! It is the most fun that I have ever had at school. All of my friends agree. This is a five star school! Thank you. Kymberlie
—Submitted by a student


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.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%
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 64% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
48%
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 53% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
36%
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 Students42%
Female47%
Male37%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander36%
Hispanic32%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander50%
White48%
Low income36%
Not low income61%
Special education3%
Not special education48%
Limited English3%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female56%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander43%
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander40%
White51%
Low income38%
Not low income65%
Special education9%
Not special education51%
Limited English7%
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 Students52%
Female54%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander18%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income49%
Not low income57%
Special education13%
Not special education57%
Limited English14%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female67%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income52%
Not low income72%
Special education33%
Not special education61%
Limited English9%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students56%
Female65%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander18%
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income53%
Not low income63%
Special education21%
Not special education61%
Limited English9%
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 Students51%
Female57%
Male47%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander27%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income44%
Not low income71%
Special education15%
Not special education59%
Limited English9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female62%
Male49%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income46%
Not low income74%
Special education22%
Not special education61%
Limited English13%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students52%
Female51%
Male54%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic32%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income43%
Not low income75%
Special education28%
Not special education58%
Limited English13%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 94% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2011.

23 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 100% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 99% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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

Algebra I

All Students96%
Female100%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income97%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special education100%

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 60%
Hispanic 26% 20%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 269%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 59%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Christine Olsen

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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800 East 40th St
Vancouver, WA 98663
Phone: (360) 313-3300

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