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Discovery High School

Grades: 9-12
2780 Reservoir Avenue
Bronx NY 10468
Phone: 718-733-3872

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)    

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

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.


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


Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 4 Line to Kingsbridge Rd
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx38, Bx9, BxM3, BxM4


Rolando Rivera
Parent Coordinator
Karina Sanchez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Walton Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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