School Details

Discovery Elementary School

7500 Vaquero Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308
(661) 589-7336
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 880 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

67%
66%
56%
73%
66%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fruitvale Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
63%
46%
88%
82%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fruitvale Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
74%
65%
85%
77%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fruitvale Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
72%
60%
85%
71%
65%
71%
60%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fruitvale Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
70%
60%
66%
62%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fruitvale Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Discovery Elementary School is a public middle school in Bakersfield. The principal of Discovery Elementary School is Danyel Kelly, whose e-mail is dakelly@fruitvale.k12.ca.us. 880 students go to Discovery Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 5% of the Discovery Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 35% of the 880 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Discovery Elementary School is 19:1. Fruitvale Junior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 57%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 33% 29%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Filipino 2% 2%
Asian 2% 3%
Unspecified 1% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 3316%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 28%
Limited English proficiency 5% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    We recently had to relocate AWAY from Discovery. We miss it it was a wonderful school experience. My daughter attended 1st-6th grade and my son just finished kindergarten with Mrs. Horn. They both excelled academically and socially. Kids are taught from day 1 about building strong character and bullying is not tolerated. For the most part all the kids are genuinely good kids. Every teacher we had was outstanding. Mr. Kelly and Mrs. Ollinger were terrific. The office staff was friendly and helpful. Everyone exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this school. We just completed our first week at our new schools and so far so good but Discovery set the bar very high.

  • (11 months ago)

    We moved to Bakersfield 2 years ago. We found a safe community in the North West. Our kids pertain to Discovery Elementary. Enrolling them was difficult. The first year was very difficult for my kids too. They previously attended schools that were failing. At the end of the year two of my kids were recommended for retention... The teacher said that if they were in a different district they may have been fine but since their standards were so high they were not meeting their requirements. I declined their suggestions instead we worked with our children extra and payed for tutoring. Our 4rd grader showed a dramatic improvement this year. Our 2nd grader is still struggling. I don't want to discourage any one from coming to this school but please don't enroll your child in this school unless you are willing to put in the hours helping your child with homework and research projects. Or your child will become held back discouraged and unmotivated. Stay away from combo classrooms.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school and it is amazing! They helped me get better in math science reading and history! Everyone and the staff is nice! They have fun trips and activities! The principal is very kind and helps with any dramam problems if there is one. The teachers make learning more fun! Mrs.Gregg is the best 5th grade teacher i've ever had! The staff always makes sure there is no fighting on campus. Love love love this school! This is the best school to go to!

  • (4 years ago)

    They have a strong emphasis on math and science.

  • (4 years ago)

    Discovery Elementary School is one of the best schools in the area you could hope to send your kids to. The faculty and staff truly care about their students and making sure they receive the best education they can offer in these formative years. That is what good teaching is all about.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has been amazing in Aiding my niece with shyness and social issues She just graduated from 6th grade with Honors. We could not be more proud of her.

  • (5 years ago)

    My 4 children attend Discovery and have for 2 years academically this school is above average my children enjoy thier classes and have many friends. My only problem is they seem to have very strict policies on behavior and not enough positive reinforcement for good behavior. I find that the office staff is sometimes ill mannered and will be to busy gossiping rather than paying attention to parents or students in the office.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son and daughter go to Discovery and they love it. My son just started and he is in kindergarten and three weeks into school he can read 22 words and three books. And my daughter is learning to write in cursive and she loves it. This is the best school in the County. The Principal knows all the students by name and he really cares about the school and the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this school. The Principal is wonderful and is never in his office because he's out in the classes or walking around the school talking to students. As a parent he always acknowleges me and knows me by name. Wonderful man! This school awards students on many levels from Respect to great math and reading skills. I love that. We know life is more than just reading...you have to respect others and our environment. The Teachers.... WOW! My daughter is in kindergarten but even the teachers in other grades know her by name. Other students as well. This school has put safety first from the valet drop off in the mornings to the numbered pick up system in the afternoons. Fantastic School teachers and staff! PTA could use a little work and more parent involement.

  • (6 years ago)

    I've loved this school ever since I discovered it. I wouldn't have my child any where else. Keep up the great work!

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this neigborhood school. I hear only good things about Discovery I'm thrilled to have my son attend.

  • (7 years ago)

    Discovery is an amazing school with wonderful teachers and an excellent prinicipal. She knows every student's name! Great test scores and a clean and safe place to send my child.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent of a Discovery school student. My daughter enjoys going to school everyday. The teachers seem to be very interested in their students in all aspects. The principal knows almost every childs name. The office staff is very friendly and helpful. I would give this school a 10 rating and the scores should back up all the great things about Discovery elementary school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Amazing teachers amazing principal...excellent support staff. Clean welcoming and safe. I know that I am turning my child over to a school where everyone really cares. Most incredible...the principal knows every child's name!

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter attended this school for the fourth and fifth grade. The academic programs were challenging but definatiately educational.My child wasn't offered any music instruments although they did offer choir. The sports activities I feel were above average.Definately a high parental involved school./

  • (10 years ago)

    My child started kindergarten at Discovery school this fall. It is a full day program begining at 8 20 and ending at 2 10. I am very impressed with the quality of the teachers and administration. The class has a wide range of abilities and the teacher manages to challenge those that need advancement as well as remediate those children who need extra help. The school also encourages children to participate in a variety of activities and give opportunites for all intrests to be explored. It seems like everyone gives 110% to make sure the students have a positive learning experiences. My child loves Discovery school and so do I!

  • (11 years ago)

    My son recently started attending the special education preschool at Discovery and the teachers are wonderful. He went in with a 50 word vocabulary and after a few short months he uses and understands thousand of words. Amazing! I can't thank them enough. I highly reccomend this program.

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter has been going to Discovery for 4 years now and we love it the teachers' are so caring and the principal is the best to have in the whole world.

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