Discovery High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Successful with a range of learners

The Downside

Metal detectors

Discovery High School is a safe, well-run school that does a good job making sure kids graduate on time, even if they didn’t do well in middle school. It has had a history of success with students learning English, older teens behind in credits, and students with special needs, who make up more than one-quarter of the school population.

The school has strong ties with families, according to the school quality guide. Teachers meet every other week to discuss and support struggling students. In a recent year, the student suspension rate was zero.

Teachers seem happy, and most would recommend the school to other families. They meet frequently to plan lessons together. “This is a rigorous environment, and we all focus on making each other better,” said a teacher in the city’s Quality Review.

Teachers deliver lessons in different ways to keep kids interested, grouping them at tables so they can discuss topics, or pairing them up. Low-tech chart paper and high-tech document cameras help children understand concepts. In one class, they analyzed old documents and firsthand accounts to draw a conclusion about characterizing Martin Luther as a revolutionary or a heretic.

Parents are encouraged to be involved. The school touts the fact that during a recent school year they saw 100 percent attendance at parent-teacher conferences.

Discovery is one of five schools housed in the Walton Educational Complex, a clean and well-lit building. It is located on the second floor and shares the lunchroom, gym and auditorium. While students must go through metal detectors to enter the building, the school entrance times are staggered to cut down on lines.

The building is conveniently located next to Lehman College, where high-achievers take college classes. Students may earn their lifeguard certification in the building’s swimming pool.

ADMISSIONS: Open admissions. Bronx priority. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, June 2018)    

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
93%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
66%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
81%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
24%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
93%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
97%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

466
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
92%
Students with disabilities
 
27%
Multilingual learners
 
20%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
96%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
76%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
47%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
7%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
13.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
225
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
69%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
9%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
29%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
7%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
48%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
53%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
57%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
48%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Discovery High School

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

Arts-integrated academic program with a concentration in the creative and technical arts.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

2780 Reservoir Avenue
Bronx NY 10468

Trains: 4 Line to Kingsbridge Rd

Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx38, Bx9, BxM3, BxM4


Contact

Principal: Rolando Rivera

Parent Coordinator: Karina Sanchez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Walton Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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