School Details

Discovery Elementary School

1275 Glendale Avenue Northwest, Palm Bay, FL 32907
(321) 951-4920
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 720 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

53%
58%
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62%
64%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Brevard County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
62%
63%
44%
65%
61%
35%
47%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
61%
80%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Brevard County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
60%
56%
50%
66%
61%
43%
62%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Brevard County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
72%
53%
68%
73%
60%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Brevard County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Discovery Elementary School is a public middle school in Palm Bay. The principal of Discovery Elementary School is MS. ELIZABETH A WESTFALL, who can be contacted at Westfall.Elizabeth@Brevardschools.org. 720 students go to Discovery Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Discovery Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 73% of the 720 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Discovery Elementary School is 15:1. Central Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 63%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 15%
Asian 2% 2%
Hispanic 18% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 41%
Limited English proficiency 9% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I have pulled my child from this school and now homeschool. My daughter was extremely unhappy. I just wanted to say if you have the ability to look at the school scores THEY speak for themselves. This is a BELOW AVERAGE school... BELOW 50% able to read?.. Read these reviews for they are all correct in speaking. No one is out to get anyone but we are out to get the best education possible. I know I can teach better than she got it there.

  • (8 months ago)

    My daughter attends Discovery this will be her third year. The first year was first grade she went there I was very happy with the teachers staff and communication was great. Last year in second grade it was all different and not very happy teachers and staff would not get back in touch when left messages. Starting third grade on Monday we will see how it goes if not it looks like homeschool is the best option. No one listens when you address a problem and I have issues with it being a parent who is involved with their childs education.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am not a fan of this school at all. There is bullying and nothing done about it. My daughter has a teacher this year that has made her hate school (1st grade).

  • (1 year ago)

    Bullying Bullying Bullying and a pretty Landscape is this school is great for.. Teachers are awful except for the exception of Mrs. Almeyda.. If you like your child bullied and the teacher nor principal do anything about it than by all means send your child here..

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is attending Discovery Elementary for her first year of kindergarten. The school is very un organized sending different times of dismissal times rescheduled testing days without notifying myself lack of staff knowing what is going on seemed very scary to leave my child there from the lack of knowledge from the staff. Bacially figure everything out yourself or you will get 10 different ancwers from the staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has excelled at Discovey since Kindergarten. On FCATS he has scored 4's and 5's. I have nothing but good to say!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is falling apart ever since Principle McCalla left. As a former student I'm ashamed to see what has happened to this school and how bad they now teach my younger sibling now at Discovery. Parents DO NOT enroll your child in this school as nothing good will come from it. Bottom line 1 star because I can't give none at all

  • (2 years ago)

    There are plenty of great charter schools with bus transportation. Do your kids a favor and apply elsewhere! This school was my kids worst nightmare. Absolutely not a good learning environment! The staff seems nice school looks pretty but don't be fooled! Do not subject your children to this school you will surely regret it. I know I did!

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids loved it there because they thought it was much easier than the school they go to now. One was there from K-2 & my other was there K-1. I liked it until my kids started their new school and we found they were behind & struggling academically. I think the school should focus more on academics than earning their "beautiful landscape" award (or whatever it's called). Switching schools was the result of being rezoned and I feel like it was a blessing! Sad part is my 4th grader still only got a 3 on FCAT Writes. Bottom line all Discovers really has going for it is that it looks good.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am only awarding 1 star because I have to award at least one. The issues and the mistreatement of my child and poor cooperation I have received from the teacher and principal do not deserve any kind of star at all. My child has been mistreated by a teacher and the principal refused to meet with me about it until I threatened to go to the school board. When a formal complaint and investigation found that my child should be removed for his on safety from this women's class the principal refused to give in to the demands of the investigation unitl I went to the school bard. She refused to give me the final outcome of the investigation which by law (because all teachers are state employees and complaints are public record) is not allowed. We have then faced retaliation because of the complaint and my child is the one suffering from it. We haven't had a single issue until this incident. Even another teacher has come to me privately expressing the concern for my child. He will not be going there next year because of this treatment. Unfortunately there are student who still have to go there.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children have attended many schools in their short lives. I have found Discovery to be a fine school. Both of my children have obtained A-B honor roll at discovery and my daughter has excelled since moving on to middle school which I attribute to the great educators at Discovery. As with most things if you find your child struggling at Discovery first check the mirror and you will probably find the problem

  • (3 years ago)

    That is true too ... Wanted to share something my child and I experienced today. This morning was the first day of the school year .. A few children were walking around not knowing where to go (These are kindergarten and 1st graders I am talking about) ... They were crying and I couldn't believe it. My daughter looked at me - " Mommy are they okay " Not 5 seconds went by before a teacher or member of staff was right there with the child to comfort and guide them to the appropriate classroom. I just didn't understand how anyone could say anything bad about this school. Everyone should know that their child is in good hands.

  • (3 years ago)

    It's all so confusing. I think we all have good and bad experiences. Just wish everything could even out - but I don't know how that will happen. I don't think it's fair to judge every parent or teacher based on individual experiences. The majority of teacher that I have come in contact with seem great - as well as the office staff. And the few parents that I have had contact with appear to be very involved. I don't know if I can assume negatives for the teachers and parents that I am not in contact with. I just don't know.

  • (3 years ago)

    The higher ratings were posted for the previous PRINCIPAL. Let's focus on today -look at the plunging FCAT scores look at the INADEQUATE JOKE OF A "School Improvement Plan" - seriously look at it! There is no positive leadership here and bullying doesn't stop with the kids teachers are also bullied by administration - which is why they are losing GREAT staff AND in turn losing quality students - who are seeking education elsewhere. I PRAY the district finally does something about this school; find a principal who CAN turn this school into a leading institution of learning - not one at the bottom in the district - NOT TO MENTION IN THE STATE! It's embarassing to be associated w/ this school - it REALLY IS! I do agree parent involvement is important ; it is HORRIBLE here - but that may be due to the fact that the parents have been run off campus by SOME power hungry teachers (very unprofessional) and the principal - it's a very unwelcoming place for parents. There are ways to force parental involveement...DO IT FORCE PARENTS TO COME IN AND SIGN FOR REPORT CARDS LIKE MY PARENTS HAD TO DO WAY BACK WHEN! DO SOMETHING! THERE ARE NO POSITIVE CHANGES HAPPENING AT AL - IT'S INSANE!

  • (3 years ago)

    principal is not the kind of person i think should be working as one. the teachers are great The parents don't care for there children and there actions. There is to much bulling going on and no control and district needs to step in kids get suspended for things not there fault and the others involved no action is taken it is not fare .

  • (5 years ago)

    I am not impressed w/ the principal. Teachers are ok but I've certainly had better. Several times my kids have come home w/ days of homework still in their folders from the week before and oftentimes homework is not very clear and the kids are not sure what they are supposed to do. My one childs teacher MOST of the time doesn't even give him homework because she thinks he's doing so well in class. I want my son to learn MORE I don't want him to just get by! This school is going to loose their good educators if the administration doesn't wise up! I think this principal is not used to parents who are genuinely interested in their kids education and those who do not buy her mediocre efforts at management.

  • (5 years ago)

    Discovery is such a great school with a fantastic staff. They are very professional with all parents and fair and fun with the students. The grounds always look great also. I my daughter attends and so did my husband over 20 years ago.

  • (5 years ago)

    Teacher's are very knowledgeable and helpful to the students. My kids really enjoy Discovery.

  • (6 years ago)

    Discovery is an elementary school that stands out above all the rest. All the teachers are willing to lend the extra time if your child needs the extra time to master a skill. The parents are always walking around school as volunteers I am also a constant volunteer. There are so many clubs arts and music you name it we have it. I only hope with all the budget cuts that we continue this because the students are the ones that will suffer. Anyone looking for a school in Palm Bay..........this is the one.

  • (8 years ago)

    It is a great school. Discipline-wise the principal is very involved in students activities. she treats each student like her child and encourages them all the time. The kindergarten teachers are very good.

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