School Details

Discovery Bay Elementary School

1700 Willow Lake Road, Discovery Bay, CA 94505
(925) 809-7540
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 506 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

63%
57%
56%
64%
52%
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
  • Byron Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
59%
46%
81%
75%
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
  • Byron Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
83%
65%
89%
84%
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
  • Byron Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
71%
60%
86%
78%
65%
80%
76%
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
  • Byron Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Discovery Bay Elementary School is a public elementary school in Discovery Bay. The principal of Discovery Bay Elementary School is Keri Van de Star, whose e-mail is kvandestar@byron.k12.ca.us. 506 students attend Discovery Bay Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 15% of the Discovery Bay Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 36% of the 506 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Discovery Bay Elementary School is 18:1. Timber Point Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 54% 68%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 1%
Hispanic 28% 17%
Asian 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Filipino 0.8% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 1677%
Unspecified 0.2% 1.0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 22%
Limited English proficiency 15% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great commitment to curriculum. Strong staff and administration. Excellent parent involvement. A wonderful community and commitment to education at Discovery Bay Schol.

  • (1 year ago)

    An exceptional school for my two children. A California Distinguished School and a nominee for the National Blue Ribbon Award the highest honor in education. This school has a 900 API score the highest in Eastern Contra Costa County. Wonderful teachers and parent involvement. Huge community support. My children excel here and our family feels we are a part of something special.

  • (3 years ago)

    Discovery Bay Elementary has caring teachers who work together in order to hold high expectations for student learning.

  • (3 years ago)

    Discovery Bay Elementary is a great fun and educational place! I am a fifth grader and have had 2 years of experience. The teachers are great and there is barely any bullying. But there are a couple of things I would like the school to have like class pets and a swing set. Thanks Emilio (student)

  • (4 years ago)

    The students are challenged to excel. The staff is encouraged to improve and model life long learning strategies. The community is motivated to prepare the students for success and achievement. An awesome combination!

  • (6 years ago)

    Today was the first day of school. The principal greeted all of us at the front of the school the classes were well prepared all of the teachers were very helpful. My child was excited to be going because he had met his teacher the day before and got to see the room and where he would sit! It has been a great expereince!

  • (6 years ago)

    We are finishing our first year at the school. My child is in first grade and came out of the grade level reading and doing math I thought no first grader could do! A hard working and dedicated staff that works with a great principal and PTA! We could not be happier!

  • (6 years ago)

    A great school. Principal and the staff are highly commited to making this the best school for all children.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have had the privilege of working at Discovery Bay School for seven years now. I love every minute of it. Each morning I wake up excited about the day the lessons the children and whatever activities may occur - we offer many opportunities for children to reach above and beyond their limits daily. Each child is challenged and stretched to reach his/her abilities. We believe that we are the key to unlocking the many doors for the children's successes and adventures. I am amazed at the eagerness of everyone on the staff to continue learning sharing and wanting the best for each and every child. I find parents are more involved than other and are always ready to help out and take on any task. I am proud to work here!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. Three scores have risen in teh past three years and just recently top 813! Highest in the districts history!

  • (7 years ago)

    My children have been challenged academically by their teachers and the programs offered at Discovery Bay from the Book Club Art Program Music program all enhance my childrens education. The staff is very professional and caring. We love our school!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    Having 2 children at Discovery Bay I can tell you that the teaching staff principal and PTA could not be more supportive. Great leadership and education along with a possitive work environment! Lots of extra curricular activities and a great reading program. This is were I want my children to be!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has improved dramatically since 4 years ago when my first child began attending. We have a young (but not too young) energetic and talented set of teachers. We have an outstanding principal. Getting a good public education for your child demands involvement in his/her education and requires partnering with the teacher. The quality of Discovery Bay school is right on maybe even above where a school in this type of community should be.

  • (7 years ago)

    Every aspect of this school has improved since our first child began here in 2001 and second child in 2003. Parent involvement has continued to increase which is reflected in the wonderful programs sponsored by an extremely energetic PTA. Extracurricular activities are also on the rise. We really cannot say enough about the quality of Discovery Bay Elementary School.

  • (7 years ago)

    Professionals that visit our school find it exciting lively and child centered. I'm surprised that who ever these people are they never took the time to talk to our principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a new school and district for us as of two years ago. We are extremely disappointed with our children's lack of education at this school. When comparing our children's academics to other friends and family in nearby districts and at the same grade level we've decided to not continue with this district next year.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have been very disapointed with the level of education our 3 children have received at this school. We are moving out of the area because of it. The teachers are unmotivated and there is little partent support.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school was helpful with getting testing done for our son. I liked the teacher she seemed to care about his progress.

  • (9 years ago)

    The quality of academics is marginal the availability of music art sport and other programs is struggling and minimal at best and the level of parent involvement is generally very poor.

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