School Details

Discovery Charter School

1100 Camino Biscay, Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 656-0797
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 820 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

78%
64%
56%
88%
74%
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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
54%
46%
84%
77%
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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
76%
65%
79%
81%
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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
69%
60%
74%
76%
65%
73%
65%
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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
74%
60%
81%
70%
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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
79%
60%
77%
75%
52%

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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
50%
50%
88%
73%
57%
65%
59%
52%
94%
69%
67%

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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Discovery Charter School is a charter middle school in Chula Vista. The principal of Discovery Charter School is Patricia Maruca and can be contacted at patricia.maruca@cvesd.org. 820 students go to Discovery Charter School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Multiracial, and Asian. 30% of the Discovery Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 28% of the 820 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Discovery Charter School is 15:1. Bonita Vista Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 63% 65%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 4% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Filipino 12% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 12% 12%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 28093%
Unspecified 0.7% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 36%
Limited English proficiency 30% 36%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I was told this school was great. I am not very impressed. My son was sick in class and I never received a phone call so I had no idea. He suffered the whole day because he said the teacher said he was fine since he did not have a fever. Make a long story short my son went to the ER and was throwing up for the next 2 days. Not too long after that we received a school email showing an overall attendance record and on the bottom the principal wrote "we can do better than that" I was more than annoyed! Talk about bad timing.

  • (8 months ago)

    Teachers should keep things more confidential when it comes to parent teacher meetings. VERY unprofessional! It has gotten quite uncomfortable to see my child's teacher and the parent of the child I complained about each day. Kids are beating each other up on the grassy area in front of the school while waiting for their parent's while staff stands around watching. I have to be there an hour early just to get decent parking to pick up my child. My child constantly comes home thirsty and hungry and when I ask why my child says because the teacher told me to throw away my food so we can hurry up and play. SERIOUSLY!!!! I don't care about my child playing if my kid is hungry! Parent's who personally become friends with the staff also receive way better treatment. It's sad. I saw a parent get excused for parking in the area for pre-school pick ups and drop offs only because she was friends with one of the workers. She parked there and said she will only be a few minutes. Her "FRIEND" told her don't worry about it I will just say I know you and you're picking up a preschool child. That ladys kid is 8! I look white but I am Mexican and understand Spanish! Shame on them!

  • (1 year ago)

    My 8 and 9-year old grandsons are students at DSC and they both feel it is the best school (of 4) they have ever attended. With that endorsement I am happy to rate this school with 5 stars! They seem to be thriving and learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    Discovery is a STEM academy with every lesson having a science technology engineering or math focus. The teachers are outstanding with a true hands on sitting on the floor writing on the desks (erasable) approach and using creative videos and funny voices on Edmodo to inspire the students! It works as the recent API score hit 900! and the school has been designated as a California Distinguished School. Staff collaboration and communication could be better. Parent involvement could also improve as it is a Charter School.

  • (2 years ago)

    Smart educated teachers a principal who is involved and cares about the students. A full-time nurse on site. They have plays fine arts sports and daily fitness.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our family loved the Pre-school program! I the ratio is 10 students to 1 teacher! The whole year we were there we never were to capacity always about 20-22 kids (3-5 yr olds). Which meant that the ratio was smaller. They group the kids according to their abilities how they will be chalenged. The kids have a great computer lab IN class painting coloring craft area puzzles puppets circle time recess snack time math time and much more.

  • (4 years ago)

    Pre-k program has way too many kids in one group. 30 3-5yr.old's in one class!! Crazy!! The class is messy and unkept and the teacher's seem burned out or inexperienced.

  • (4 years ago)

    Love the teachers and staff! The principal however has poor leadership skills and has little to no communication skills. With the right leadership this school will grow by leaps and bounds.

  • (5 years ago)

    Love this school! 5th grade teachers go the extra distance to teach!!! Safety and security measures are top notch and the best I have ever seen! Extracurricular activities are great for each grade level and right on! This school should have a 10!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love it thanks discovery for all the hard work!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love it I love it I love it! There isn't anythin I dont like about this school. The principal the staff and the teachers are all wonderful. thank you discovery.

  • (6 years ago)

    Principal Cole does a fantastic job directing the faculty and motivating his students. Excellent parent-school communication. Outstanding teaching. We're impressed!

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a 6th grader at the school who has been attending since preschool. The teachers librarians PE coaches are amazing. Although I always feel just by looking at the principle's face that he's fustrated and as if we the students are way below his standard. Honestly I think we are a well behaved school with ups and downs. The enviroment is safe secure and 'welcoming.' If you're going to enroll your kid(s) here I totally recomend it. All my teachers have been wonderful since the start. No lie. GATE is fun too! It challenges students but won't make them crazy (I should know. I'm enrolled in GATE.) LOL

  • (6 years ago)

    My grandaughter goes to this school very poor leadership. She is bulled picked on stolen lunches. Never return phone calls. wnen we complain nothing is done about. The teachers are sometimes abusive. For example my grandaughter had hickups and the teacher said stop disrupting the class. The right thing to do is go to a nurse you need to use the bathroom or get a glass of water.etc.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has been attending Discovery for almost 2years and have seen a great improvement in his academic and social skills. It's clearly a magnificent school. One thing that does bother me is the desperately needed crossing gurard at Rancho Del Rey and Paseo Ranchero !! very scary !!

  • (6 years ago)

    Well for one I got pushed to send my child to this chool last year when I should have spent the money for Harker . Anyway the school calls for 2hrs a day of definitely parent involvement. I used to devote time in a classroom I started noticing that it sounded more as if the school was looking for free labor rather than 'helping a child' in class . There is a lack of discipline students fight and use bad words . I asked the Principal as to why his remark was that blowing the whistle is no go.A waste of time. the Board meetings were all politics it was more about how to take more students away from Moreland how to get a campus . Nothing positive . Two teachers quit . After a year I pulled my child out.

  • (6 years ago)

    My kids have been going to Discovery since pre-school (they are now in 5th & 3rd) and have had nothing but a positive experience! Mr. Cole has always wanted what is best for the children and definitely encourages parent involvement. The PTC puts on great events throughout the year and the money is always given back to improve our childrens experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    The best parent involvement in PTC I've ever seen compared with other schools. Principal is great and Teachers at Discovery are the best. Great programs for the kids you definately would not be getting at other public schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    Leadership is responsible for the decline of parent involvement. Excellent teachers make for high scoring students on exams therefore keeping focus off of bad leadership.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this is a great school were all the kids learn in a safe enviroment. My kids used to go to Discovery and they had a great time attending the school from Kindergarden to sixth grade. I love the commitment of the parents teachers and community to help the school with its success in education.

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