School Details

Discovery Elementary School

4905 Rosedale St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 530-1200

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 446 students 15 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2013-2014 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Peninsula School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Discovery Elementary School is a public elementary school in Gig Harbor. The principal of Discovery Elementary School is David Brooks. 446 students attend Discovery Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 19% of the 446 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Discovery Elementary School is 15:1. St Nicholas School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 84%
Multiracial 8% 8%
Hispanic 7% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I have two boys that love going to school here. But the school has adopted the common core curriculum. I was told they had no choice by one person which is a lie. The schools are being paid by the federal government to start teaching from common core material which is designed to make kids literally stupid. Sound crazy just try reading some of the instructions on your child's homework and see who's crazy. My boy asked me for help and after reading two sentences of instructions I was going to lose my mind I couldn't figure out what it was trying to tell me to do it didn't make any sense and it certainly was NOT logical. And this was a first grade homework assignment. So I did some more research on the internet about common core and I almost can't believe what I am finding out about this. Why didn't the principle look into this before adopting it? Oh I see its all about money of course.

  • (4 years ago)

    Both of my son's teachers have been exceptional with handling multiple student personalities and needs as well as delivering outstanding performance with presenting the curriculum. The staff at Discovery have all been more than helpful when we have needed them and have always been super friendly.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two kids at Discovery in 3rd and 5th grades. They have had wonderful experiences since coming to the school 2 years ago. Their teachers have blessed my kids with encouragement tools for life and the love of learning. Discovery is up to date on its curriculum but I do wish there were a bit more pressure on the students to excel rather than get by with average work. I have 4 children though and Discovery was not a good fit for my other 2 because they had learning disabilities. The teachers and principal made it known these 2 did not fit the mold. We homeschool them now and have seen great strides in their academics and self confidence. If a child doesn't have learning issues Discovery is wonderful.

  • (6 years ago)

    We recently relocated back to Gig Harbor after living in Ohio and Texas for 4 years. Our 8 year old son having had 5 teachers in 3.5 years due to corporate moves maternity leave and grade changes adapted WONDERFULLY into the Wriley Community in 3rd grade at Discovery Elementary. His teachers tell us they would have never guessed our son had only started there a few weeks ago...he walks through the halls and knows teachers and students by name and shows he feels comfortable by his smiles and good behavior and his good grades. The school principal Mr. Brooks takes time to get to know each student and parent and has worked with staff to create a fun intimate healthy learning arena where our son is blooming. We love Discovery!

  • (7 years ago)

    We sent our son to Discovery for a couple of years and the teachers were wonderful. I do think they spend a lot of their time controlling noisy student behavior though. The school has a very open lay-out. The students are noisy and the expectations that they be kids hampered my son's ability to focus and learn. I think the expectations for most of the students are too low and that those children who don't excel on their own are not expected to learn much. We finally decided to put our son elsewhere where the expectations were higher and where he is able to focus better.

  • (9 years ago)

    Our son attended kindergarten at Discovery and I was very pleased with the turn-out and participation in parent meetings. The academic programs were very child-centered and appropriate.. with emphasis on learning to read and laying a strong social foundation. We were sorry to leave the area.

  • (9 years ago)

    Wonderful school which encourages children to remain kids. Great community atmosphere. Incredible interior boasting a boat a theatre and classrooms which look like houses along a street. Really a fun and enriching place for any child to go and learn while being supported and respected.

  • (10 years ago)

    The elementary school is the best in Gig Harbor. It has very active parents and the teachers are superb. Children really enjoy learning and going to school here.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter attended Discovery Elementary for 3rd grade. It was a good public education. She was involved in music art and sports. We did struggle with keeping her challenged without moving her up a grade. Other than that we found a high level of parent involvement in a variety of ways. The overall experience was a positive one for my daughter.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have two children at Discovery and both have had excellent teachers all the way through! The staff places a high priority on the overall development of the student emphasizing life-long learning skills. It is a very nurturing environment.

  • (11 years ago)

    We have been at Discovery for 5 years now and have had wonderful positive experiences with the teachers staff volunteers and quality of education our children receive. Our 9 year old had and opportunity to transfer out to a challenge program at another school and we researched and decided the best place for her was at Discovery. It is a terrific school!

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 13 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools