School Details

Discovery Isle

6130 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 431-7090

(out of 10)

Private Grades K 6 students 10 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Discovery Isle is a private elementary school in Carlsbad. The principal of Discovery Isle is Mrs. Cheryl Bowman, whose e-mail is 6 students attend Discovery Isle and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at Discovery Isle is 10:1. Kindercare Learning Center-Carlsbad is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Dance

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 59% %
Asian 20% %
Multiracial 18% %
Hispanic 18% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We have have been at Discovery Isle now for 3 years with 2 children. The learning environment teacher consistency and the overall school have dramatically been better with the arrival of the new principal Cheryl in 2012. The ciriculum has always been great -- they do a great job teaching communication skills (sign language English & Spanish manners reading & writing ) math arts etc. that you do not see elsewhere in a preschool and K environment. Sports and music are extracurriculars they offer for a small extra fee. Miss Geraldine and Miss Morgan have been really great to our children and their development. The kindergarten teacher Miss Shelly is well qualified also very good.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Discovery Isle (rancho Santa fe/Melrose) for over 3 years now...It has been the worst school I have ever come in contact with and I have worked at just about every school in Oceanside for over 3 years myself as a substitute. I keep hoping that the school will work out for my daughter but they finally went too far and called CPS on me after I gave my daughter a haircut...(just below ears ) the teacher interrogated my daughter then contacted CPS according to my daughters mother. The school refused to give me the CPS report. I called CPS and they told me they found no need to follow up on the call. I don t trust the school! My daughter will never attend another Discovery Isle again!! Also one of my daughter s teachers in 2010 stated in a letter that my daughter had severe learning disabilities as if she was qualified to diagnose conditions. When a real therapist reviewed my daughter in all areas she stated that my daughter was completely normal. It seems teachers may not be happy or qualified at the school. I understand all schools have issues but DI has too many. Please go public or elsewhere! .

  • (2 years ago)

    Discovery Isle Carlsbad is a horrible school. I am ashamed of sending my children there. They frequently violate student to teacher ratios and they have terrible teacher turnover. My son had seven teachers in a nine month period. They look at your kids as dollar signs not as actual people. Please do not send your kids there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Very structured high-quality school/daycare. The school has a very "corporate for-profit" feel however their solid curriculum makes up for this.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son spent 3 1/2 years at this school. We drove way out of our way to take him but I can tell you the quality of this school is well worth it. The administration teachers abd staff are totally outstanding.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has been in the infant room for 5 months and I feel that she is very well taken care of by her teachers. They are all very nurturing and caring and spend lots of quality time with each and every baby. My daughter just lights up when she sees her teachers which makes us feel comfortable leaving her there. Being able to watch her on the guardiancam is also lots of fun and another way to reassure us that all of her needs are being met and that she is having fun.

  • (7 years ago)

    My wife and I made the difficult move of starting our 2 year old son twice weekly at Discovery Isle to build his social interactions. It has worked wonderfully. His language skills have improved and his social interactions with other toddlers seems to be fairly normal. We catch his singing songs in the shower all the time. The teachers for this age group are awesome... they have helped us transition him out of diapers and are motivated to teach the children rather than simply watch them. My only criticism of preschool/daycare in general is that your child will constantly be sick (but this is true of any school). The tuition here is also probably more than comparable programs. We also really enjoy watching him at home on 'guardiancam.'

  • (7 years ago)

    I had to remove my daughter from this school due to problems with some aggressive toddler boys in her classroom. I brought the problem up to the principal and nothing was done. The benefits are very structured clean facilities.

  • (7 years ago)

    I read the two reviews and have to disagree with the parent who gave this school only three stars. Discovery Isle is a wonderful school. The teachers are highly educated and strive to include all of the children in all activities. Discovery Isle is at it suggests a pre-SCHOOL. As all educators will tell you children learn at their own pace and in their own time. 'Kids' as the parent said cannot be forced to learn something that they are not ready for. If this one parent's child did not learn something thier child simply wasn't ready. Discovery Isle has a highly academic program. All of the teachers are willing and ready to support us parents in trying to teach our children to become happy fully functioning adults who can make educated decisions for themsevles.

  • (7 years ago)

    Discovery Isle is primarily a daycare/preschool but they have one kindergarten class which is awesome! The teacher is experienced inspiring and very personable. Children and parents alike respond to her gifts. She caters the material to each child's level and encourages them to excel and enjoy learning. The curriculum includes music with a special music teacher weekly; art and cooking projects with several special art units; daily Japanese instruction; vigorous recess with laps and/or soccer-type games encouraged. There is also weekly input from an outside PE/sports education program There were several field trips and lots of parent involvement. This is a private school with most of the spots filled by children coming out of their preschool program.

  • (8 years ago)

    This centre is better for kids who love to play and enjoy. As far as academics are concerned I feel teachers dont concentrate on the kids in particular. kids who are interested will learn who wants to skip are just left according to their will but teachers dont draw them into education. I feel we pay a high fee for overall development of our kids rather than entertainment. If you are looking for day care this is the best choice but if you are looking for preparing your kids for 1st grade we have to give it a thought before spending money.

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