About Discovery Charter School

Discovery Charter School, located in the West Parkside area of the city, is surrounded by beautiful, scenic Fairmount Park. It serves over 800 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Now in its twelfth year, Discovery has a professional, support and volunteer staff of 100 persons.DCS building

Our Vision

Our Vision is to empower children to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will make them lifetime learners and engage them in opportunities where they can put them into practice.

Our 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, 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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Message from our CEO

It was a  pleasure and privilege to welcome your children back to a new school year. Even with loads of traffic coming from downtown filing papers for the school that morning, I was glad to make it within a second of our 2nd annual staff opening prayer and watching ” 100 Male community members cheer our students on about the new school year. This made the BET news feed that day. I expect the first couple weeks held its challenges for parents. Calming first day jitters and trying to meet expectations for new backpacks, supplies, classroom norms, and teacher expectations.
 I believe firmly that my/our role as educators is to compliment you, who as parents or guardians are the first, primary, most influential and crucial educator in your child’s life. It is vital that we work together, build trust, and support growth and well-being in a healthy partnership that has your child at the centre. 
It is in the spirit of Discovery’s education to rely upon the discipline and rigor of good planning and high expectations for respectful relationships and academic achievement. It is also in our spirit to be prepared for the unplanned when it bears surprises, opportunities and struggles that strengthen and deepen our purpose. 
We can anticipate significant improvements this year. We are doing “Good” but we can and will do “Better”.
 Throughout the year ,you will receive the traditional volume of calls, newsletters, email updates, forms and information as our effort to partner and communicate with you ” Keeping Kids First, By ANY Means Necessary”. May I express today, our gratitude for you choosing Discovery Charter School. You entrust us with your most valued treasure – your children. 

Join the DCS Family!

DCS Student Admissions Timeline

October 1st

Admission Process opens
for 2016 – 2017 Year

March 31st

Admissions Window Closes
for 2016 – 2017 Year

April 15th

DCS Lottery
(open to the public)

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Academics at Discovery Charter School

Here at Discovery Charter School our first priority are Academics. We strive to provide your child with the highest rigorous instruction while following the Common Core Standards. Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after middle school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in Math and English Language Arts from Kindergarten through 8th grade. We look forward to you partnering with us to assure your child is getting the best instruction in school and at home. We are proud to say that we are Keeping Kids First By Any Means Necessary!!

Support Discovery Charter School!

We are asking that every family make a pledge to contribute to our Capital Campaign Fund in whatever amount that is most suitable to your budget. All of those that have walked through our doors have seen the spectacular Donor’s Tree in the main lobby. You may have wondered how your family or corporation could be commemorated as a DCS supporter. Contributors have their names engraved on a stone for a donation of $100-$500. Donors of $500-$1,000 receive an engraved leaf. The top tier of contributors, donating $1,000 and over, are honored with an engraved dove. Pledge cards are available at the front desk for individual donations. Corporate donations can be made through the office of Pamela Evans, School and Community Liaison. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.

Capital Campaign Fund Committee