Discovery High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Friendly, helpful and accessible staff

The Downside

Students must go through metal detectors; few arts courses

Our Review

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)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school shares the Walton Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
37% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), and Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
36% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
37% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
60% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
68% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
59% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Discovery High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

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


Language Courses


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

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2780 Reservoir Avenue
Bronx NY 10468
Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 4, B, D to Kingsbridge Rd
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx38, Bx9, BxM3, BxM4


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Parent Coordinator
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