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. If you want a more in depth look at DCS, please read our Comprehensive Plan.

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 ”

Administration Team

Bilal Bey – Climate Control

Khailiah Canada – Principal

Tonia Elmore – Interim CEO

Pam Evans – Community Outreach

Ashley Philipps – Special Education



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DCS Student Admissions Timeline

October 1st

Admission Process opens
for 2017 – 2018 Year

March 31st

Admissions Window Closes
for 2017 – 2018 Year

April 16th

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