Learning, Sharing, Compromising & Caring

At Discovery Academy, our ideology and philosophy are quite different from those found in many schools. Although we represent a rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions, we share a commitment to the values underlying our special approach to learning. We’ve created an environment which understands and supports various learning styles and modalities. We prefer to see students of all abilities working together side-by-side, cooperating, encouraging, and supporting one another. Many of our concepts are innovative: classes are based on individual academic ability rather than concretely on chronological grade level; a school of thought that is encouraging rather than stifling to individual growth, and our unique belief that learning and fun are absolutely synonymous.

Attitudes Toward Self And Others

* To recognize oneself as being special, but no more special than anyone else.* To be self-evaluative and to have a realistic knowledge of one’s own strengths and weaknesses, rather than ignoring or dwelling on them.* To have sense of humor that does not rely on the discrimination or criticism of others.* To develop a personal code of ethics, to have a sense of right and wrong, and to remain true to these values under individual or social emotional pressures.* To be able to work with others to accomplish a goal, to learn to contribute ideas, to learn how to listen effectively, and to be able and willing to compromise.* To be responsible, not only in the sense of being reliable, but also to take into account the effect of an action before performing it and to be accountable for the consequences (positive or negative).* To balance development in emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual areas of growth.

Self-Esteem (The Foundation)

Children’s educational needs may vary and change, but it is essential that they feel love, security, and consistency in order to develop high self-esteem. Filling and supporting these emotional needs is critical in a child’s ability to achieve his or her academic potential.