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Overall
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Discovery Charter School
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePublic Charter Citywide
  • Grade LevelsK-8
  • Waiting List Size2, 195 applicants waiting on Discovery's Charter School waiting list.
  • Enrollment738
  • PrincipalDr. Maria Snipe
  • Phone Number215-879-8182
  • SEPTA RoutesBus route #52 #40 Trolley route #10 #15
  • Address 4700 Parkside Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • NeighborhoodWest Parkside
  • Application DeadlineMarch 31st, 2018
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Mission

Our Mission is to connect what is learned in the classroom to the real world. The learning program provides extensive opportunity to make education relevant through “discoveries outside the classroom”. Through an expeditionary learning approach,...

Our Mission is to connect what is learned in the classroom to the real world. The learning program provides extensive opportunity to make education relevant through “discoveries outside the classroom”. Through an expeditionary learning approach, educational concepts are made concrete and reinforce the necessary relationship between actual experience and education. Our Motto: “Where education is not just preparation for life, but life itself ”

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Points of Pride

Discovery Charter School, located in the West Parkside area of the city, is surrounded by beautiful, scenic Fairmount Park. State of the art facility, with multi-purpose area that is on highly requested. Area for student engagement. Expeditionary...

Discovery Charter School, located in the West Parkside area of the city, is surrounded by beautiful, scenic Fairmount Park. State of the art facility, with multi-purpose area that is on highly requested. Area for student engagement. Expeditionary curriculum included with expeditionary travel to instate and out of state and country trips. Rigorous curriculum aligned to PA standards, Updated technology with IPADS, ChromeBooks, SMART Boards, and a MAC Lab. Strong and consistent Parent Association. High rate of teacher certification.

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Admissions Policy

Discovery Charter School does not discriminate in admission policies or practices on the basis of a child’s disability or the child’s need for special education or supplementary aids or services, including students who have an intellectual disability...

Discovery Charter School does not discriminate in admission policies or practices on the basis of a child’s disability or the child’s need for special education or supplementary aids or services, including students who have an intellectual disability.We are consistent with Federal and State laws Are designed to contribute to a diverse student population that is reflective of the community in which the school is located. We do not discriminate or exclude students on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. Our Admissions Policy can be located on our website which lists specific admission deadlines. Open Enrollment each year is Oct 1st - March 31st; Lottery is held April 15th of each year

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Safety & Culture

At the heart of Discovery Charter School's culture are relationships that exist in three specific domains: staff to staff, staff to student and student to student. We strive to maintain positive climate and positive relationships. Discovery...

At the heart of Discovery Charter School's culture are relationships that exist in three specific domains: staff to staff, staff to student and student to student. We strive to maintain positive climate and positive relationships. Discovery Charter Schools exert positive influences on student behavior despite conditions in the home, community, social status, gender, race, or ethnicity. Discovery Charter positive school climate on school culture and is the responsibility of the adults. When this happens it actually has the potential to plant the seeds of cultural change back into the community because students from the school culture interact with the community culture when they are not.

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Accreditations & Honors

Academic Excellence; AYP 5 of the 9 existing yrs.; 4 State Keystones; Leadership Citations; Philadelphia City Council 2/2011; Mayor of Philadelphia 2/2011; State Senate 2/2011

Academic Excellence; AYP 5 of the 9 existing yrs.; 4 State Keystones; Leadership Citations; Philadelphia City Council 2/2011; Mayor of Philadelphia 2/2011; State Senate 2/2011

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 96.7%
White 1%
Hispanic 1.4%
Asian 0.1%
Other 0.8%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 51.2%
Male Students 48.8%

Special Education

Special Ed 14.3%

Gifted Education

Gifted 0.1%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 71%

Students Per Grade

Kindergarten Students
69
1st Grade Students
66
2nd Grade Students
78
3rd Grade Students
111
4th Grade Students
124
5th Grade Students
70
6th Grade Students
74
7th Grade Students
75
8th Grade Students
71
Total Students
738

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
42.8

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Instrumental,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Dance Instr,
  • Choir,
  • Drum Line,
  • Drill Team,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • Dance,
  • School Plays,
  • Theater Group,
  • Poetry

Sports Programs

  • Football,
  • Basketball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Dance,
  • Cheerleading

Other Activities

Chior, Violin

Chior, Violin

Electives

Expeditionary Learning, Character Development, Multi Media, Music, Art, Physical Education

Expeditionary Learning, Character Development, Multi Media, Music, Art, Physical Education

Language Programs

  • Other,
  • Additional Languages

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents School Advisory,
  • Parents Classroom Volunteers,
  • Parents After School Volunteers

Parent Involvement

President of the Parent Assoc. holds a voting seat on the school's Board of Directors

President of the Parent Assoc. holds a voting seat on the school's Board of Directors

Before and After Care

  • Before Care,
  • Extended Day,
  • Extended Programming

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