School Details

Discovery Charter School

51 East Beverly Place, Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 831-5240
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 5-8 380 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Tracy Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
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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
  • Tracy Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
93%
86%
72%
54%
60%
20%
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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
  • Tracy Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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50%
60%
52%
57%
71%
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52%
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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
  • Tracy Joint Unified 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 Tracy. The principal of Discovery Charter School is Virginia Stewart, whose e-mail is vstewart@tracylc.net. 380 children attend Discovery Charter School and identify mostly as Filipino, Unspecified, and Multiracial. 9% of the Discovery Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 10% of the 380 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Discovery Charter School is 20:1. North Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 4% 7%
Unspecified 4% 5%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 34% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 29%
Asian 15% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 17408%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 36%
Limited English proficiency 9% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has a lot of young teachers that have no clue how to relate to kids let alone "brown" kids.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is run by an amazing principle. Her primary focus is the students and their future. The teacher's share in her enthusiasm. My son is in first grade and started here in Kindergarten. The main reason among many that I feel my son is at the best school around is the teachers take the time to evaluate where each child is academically and then place them in groups that help them move forward towards success. My younger brother and sister started here when they were in 5th and 6th grade they are now in college and said that Tracy Learning Center had them more prepared for college then the private high school they attended in Stockton (they moved to Stockton and choose to go to a different high school). If you are looking for the best school for your children put them on the waiting list and move them over as soon as your name is picked. Well worth it!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son moved to Discovery from a gate class in 4th grade. I was not happy with the level of work and it seemed to be just more worksheets and word searches. Discovery has proven to be much more. It IS challenging but he has been placed in an appropiate class for his learning style. Since day one the teachers have communicated though emails and phone calls (even to just say he did a great job participating today! - who does that - fantastic). I am very happy I made the move and feel he will be better prepared for the future.

  • (4 years ago)

    Middle school combo classes for 5th/6th grades and 7th/8th grades not ideal. 6th graders are made to review and correct 5th graders work like in Math; Some teachers are good at communicating with parents about progress or issues with their child's grades or assigned work others particularly Language art teacher did not communicate or notify parent at all until final grade is issued and you see that child has A and B grades and a surprise 'F'. Very disappointing not sure if it is a case of happy grading an F or lack of care about if the student's learning has progressed or what could be course corrected. School has long hours and only gets one month summer vacation although entire month of June appears to just be spent on mostly non-academic stuff they could very well just given one more month of vacation for kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    While TLC does offer a good accelerated academic program compared to the other schools in Tracy the staff and many teachers lack the ability to work successfully with a diverse group of children. When you chose the profession of being a teacher there should be some mandatory diversity training. All children don't act the same or learn the same. TLC seems to have a good grasp on diversity in learning but they lack the ability to work with strong independent well spoken and smart children from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Instead of mislabeling and discouraging these students incorporate some leadership programs at TLC that channel this positive energy in the right direction.

  • (4 years ago)

    Muy son Kimo has gone to this School since 5th grade and he Graduates this Saturday only three classes away from his associates degree as well as his High School Diploma. This School has the best academics to help prepare the child with the tools needed to succeed in life. I would recommend this type of education for anyone's child because from day one this School has stood by my sons side to guide him in his path to a strong foundation in life.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a student that is in the 7th grade. My view of this school is horrible! First- Just trying to drop your student off safely is a challenge. The school is unorganized and should worry more about their students making it safely on the school campus rather than suspending a student for being tardy to 'unity' (not start of class). Second - The staff is not very friendly especially the receptionist. 'Director' (in my world - ie. principal) of the school is unprofessional and should take her position more seriously. Third - The subjects that are taught is something they should be teaching in high school. Some of the subjects are a bit overboard for such young students. This school has not taught my child anything different than any other public school could do. I will never have my children attend another charter school again.

  • (5 years ago)

    'The parents at this school have worked very hard and have fought tooth and nail to keep desirable programs like art and music afloat. And of course the kids are great! Unfortunately leadership is lacking at this school and the teaching my child received was very uneven. Personal experience with some teaching staff was extremely unprofessional. A small school like this one doesn't afford much choice when teachers aren't meeting your child's need. And the principal is doing very little to weed out those teachers who are just 'biding their time ' while they waste the precious time of the students they are trained professionally to serve and inspire.'

  • (5 years ago)

    Discovery is a Great school! It has been the front vision of the Tracy Learning Center from the first point 8 years ago. The staff is the best and goes beyond normal to work with students and parents. The only problem is a big enough site there would be many other students going there but are on a waiting list do to no more room. Rock on Discovery!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of a Discovery Student who will also attend high school there.I am very please with my sons progress as a means to and end.He will be going to a good college as a result od attending this school.I love the Admin and staff so helpful and a special thanks to Mr Pombo and Mrs Stewart patient teacher

  • (6 years ago)

    (continued from 'The school day is also an hour longer than most schools and they fill that...') ...hour with useless classes. They have no extracurricular activities for Discovery and spend all money on Primary and Millenium. They waste money building structures only to find out that its not safe and have to tear it down. I am soooo glad I'm leaving. Parents Its all a lie. Don't go the Discovery Charter School!! Trust me.

  • (6 years ago)

    not so happy with my students progress. not enought one on one with the students. no follow up from the teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    It is the best schoool and the teachers are great!!

  • (7 years ago)

    i go to discovery charter school and i do not see anything speacil about it. The days are really long which makes me feel like i am not normal. The electives there have no quality. There is currently choir bridge building sci. olympiad yearbook spanish and drama. You do not even get to chose your elective. The new system they are doing centers i hate. You have to move around every second. You have to eat outside even if it is really cold or hot. They push people to go to there highschool. The students are VERY VERY talkitive the teachers seem to always get mad at us. in conclusion i do not like this school

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter goes to this school and she loves it.(smile) The staff is very supportive of each student. I feel very confident in the staff because they are very professional. Last but not least I feel my daughter is in a safe and as well as a learning environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    I go to discovery and I love it. There is a wide variety of ethnicities. The teachers are very helpful and even though we do not have sports or leadership class put together tounaments. Like 3 on 3 basketball. Every morning we have 'unity'. The principal holds a little assembly. We say the pledge of allegence and our principal discusses issues of our school. I am in 7th grade and going there is the best expirience on my life.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had two children at Discovery Charter. We have been incredibly pleased with the qulaity of the academic programs the focus on academics behavior and social and the high level of parent involvement. I would reccomend this school highly particularly given the alternatives in Tracy.

  • (9 years ago)

    The quality of the education program at Discovery is excellent they do not offer sports or extracurricular activities though. Communication with parents is not a strong point and class management needs definite improvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    The level of parent involvement at Discovery is very high. Given the financial set up of the school that is the only way the school is able to survive and thrive academically. If there is one downside to the school it is the low level of extracurricular or afterschool activities. Their sports program is barely there. The positives of the school include a deeply caring staff very dynamic teaching that is flexible and changes according to the needs of the students. However they pair up 2 grades and that strategy backfires sometimes.

  • (9 years ago)

    An enviroment where the student is challenged but not frusterated. A great place to learn.

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