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Discovery Charter School

PHONE: (215) 879-8182 SCHOOL TYPE: Public Charter Citywide GRADES: K-8 ENROLLMENT: 633

Fast Facts

  • Principal

    Dr. Maria Snipe

  • Phone Number

    (215) 879-8182

  • Website

  • Neighborhood

    West Parkside

  • SEPTA Routes

    Bus (40, 52) Trolley (10, 15)

  • Preschool/Daycare

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  • Tuition

  • Uniform

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  • Extended Day

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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."

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 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.

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.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

Accreditations and 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

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