What is Discovery's admissions policy with regard to open enrollment?
Discovery abides by state and federal provisions forbidding discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, marital status, ethnicity, or disability, and admits students of any race, color, nationality and ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. Under these guidelines, Discovery enrolls an eligible student who submits a timely application, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building. In such cases, all applicants shall have an equal chance of being admitted through a random, lottery selection process.
How is a family notified of acceptance into Discovery?
At the end of the enrollment period, parents/guardians will be notified of their child's acceptance to Discovery or assigned a lottery number in the event that applications exceed capacity. If capacity is not reached after the established enrollment period, subsequent applications will be accepted as received. Upon submission of an application the information is reviewed for eligibility of attendance. Proof of residence in a particular area and age requirements are verified. At each phase of the admission process, the appropriate correspondence will be generated and communicated to each applicant. The data will be monitored and reports created to determine the need for a lottery, waitlists, and letters of acceptance. If, at the end of the Open Enrollment period, there is an over subscription for any grade level, a lottery will be conducted. In subsequent years, applications will be accepted each year during an open enrollment period and continuously to maintain capacity in each grade level.
What is the relationship between class size and student learning accommodations?
Average class sizes, in particular with the incoming 4th grade class, will be sufficiently small so that those new to the school are supported as they acclimate to Discovery, and tailored to accommodate each student’s reading level, regardless of grade. Small class size, peer-to-peer in class tutoring, and individualized efforts by teachers and aides also occur to have any underperforming students “rise to the level of all boats,” rather than segregate them from the learning process.
What is a typical school day like for a Discovery student?
Each day, every student arriving at Discovery enters a world that encourages and necessitates learning. Our students learn in open space classes, in a colorful setting displaying their own works of literature, arts and design. The majority of our learning activities allow students from all grade levels to work with the same materials on a daily basis. This allows older students to assist their younger counterparts, and younger students to convey a perspective on the material that the older students (as well as teachers) might not have considered. This setting creates a culture of learning that is conducive to developing a community where students of all ages share ideas and analyze material in an increasingly sophisticated manner as the school year progresses. Since all of our students will work with the same materials, our curriculum is expected to transform each year, which allows students to develop alongside one another as they advance through their years at Discovery.
What are Discovery's hours of operation?
Discovery is open at least one hour before the prescribed public school district opening period, and stays open at least one and a one-half hours after the prescribed dismissal time through its after-school service program. It is during the after-school period where our students: (i) continue to work on the day’s assignments and catch up with incomplete assignments; (ii) meet our faculty one-on-one for further understanding of the day’s lessons and/or tutor fellow students to promote a communal learning culture; (iii) along with parents, meet with faculty to discuss student progress, and (iv) participate in extracurricular activities, such as the extra gym, yoga, meditation and other wellness activities.
How does Discovery incorporate parent involvement in their children's learning?
Discovery prides itself on an open and welcoming space that allows parents to play a large role in the educational learning environment. Discovery adopts a personal approach involving daily meetings with parents and guardians of our students to address that daily and weekly progress, school activities and disciplinary measures. Given the school's architectural design and classroom layout, we encourage a friendly and almost familial atmosphere, making parents feel welcome and more apt to participate in their child’s progress and school activities.