Discovery High School
Friendly, helpful and accessible staff
Students must go through metal detectors; few arts courses
Discovery High School does a good job taking students who have not done well in middle school and making sure they graduate on time. Students seem to have an unusually warm relationship with their teachers and principal. Discovery is one of five schools housed in the Walton Educational Campus, a clean and well-lit building. Student artwork adorns the walls. Class changes are orderly.
Discovery High School calls itself an arts-integrated high school in the high school directory, but the arts and music offering are mostly limited to after-school classes in guitar, piano, music appreciation, drawing and painting. Principal Rolando Rivera hopes to offer more arts classes during the regular school day, although a lack of funding may make that difficult.
Now, students spend much of their time focusing on the Regents exams and honing skills that they will need in college, such as learning to take notes in lecture-style classes. Some students we spoke to said they were even focusing on the Regents during their senior yeara time when students at other schools relax. In the classes we observed, students seemed engaged and the teachers enthusiastic. Class sizes range from 20 to 25 students.
The students we interviewed had overwhelmingly positive things to say about their principal and their teachers.
Im actually learning, one student said.
The school has a strong guidance program. There are three college advisors for the senior class and each has a caseload of just 25 to 30 students. The advisors help with every aspect of college readiness, including filling out applications, applying for loans and dealing with the social and emotional issues associated with leaving high school. Students are encouraged to go away to school, rather than just stay in the city.
Discovery, on half of the second floor of the Walton High School campus, shares the lunchroom, gym and auditorium, with four other schools. While students must go through metal detectors to enter the building, they said it usually goes smoothly. Unfortunately, the Walton campus library has been closed for years because it has no librarian and the building swimming pool is not in use. The principal said he hoped both problems said would be remedied soon.
Special education: Although the graduation rate is just about average for the city, the Department of Education gave Discovery an A on its school report card because of its success with special needs students, overage students, and English language learners, who make up a large proportion of the student body. Special needs students may be assigned to self-contained classes or may receive special education teacher support services (SETSS). There are no collaborative team teaching classes.
Admissions: The school is limited unscreened. Students who attend the open house are given first preference. (Nikki Dowling, May 2012)
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Programs and Admissions
Arts-integrated academic program with a concentration in the creative and technical arts
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
Bronx NY 10468