Our History

Discovery Academy was founded in 1986 by Dan and Teresa Lewis, who shared a dream and a desire to provide a true alternative to mass education. Their goal was to help students develop critical thinking skills that would not only assist them in the memorization of facts, but in the acquisition of new information and the ability to test and develop their own theories.

The Lewises have created this true school of discovery and innovation, with results far beyond their dreams. In fact, Discovery Academy students routinely score two to five grade levels above the local and national averages every year on both the standardized CTBS and California Achievement Tests (CAT), and find most often that our preschoolers are reading long before Kindergarten.

The word “discovery” brings to mind the basis for exploration, change, and growth, for nowhere else in the area, public or private, can you find such a unique blend of academics, creative expression, and an eclectic and individualized curriculum. The focus is to help students set goals, develop pride in their accomplishments, and to understand and appreciate their connection and interdependence with all living things.

Unfortunately, for far too many, education has come to mean something that is merely forced upon them between the ages of five and twenty-five and then their success in education is measured merely in terms of test scores on exams and on the criterion of a diploma or degree. Our preference is to inspire and to instill an intrinsic motivation to learn rather than pressure to perform, yet interestingly, our comprehensive, interconnected curriculum also leads to excellent test scores and higher self-esteem. This pride is felt as you enter the school, as it only takes a few minutes to see and feel the unique difference in the atmosphere at Discovery Academy.