DCS was founded in 1994 by parents in the LWSD to create a cooperative learning environment for their children while maintaining the benefits of a district run curriculum. The approximately 72 students work at their own levels of academic readiness.
The DCS program embraces the following values:
- Belief in the importance of community
- Respect for self and others
- Personal responsibility
- Cooperative spirit
- A high level of parent involvement
- Safe and supportive learning environment
- Small school
- Multi-age classrooms
The school's success relies on a commitment of 65 volunteer hours annually from each family in the DCS community.
Parent volunteers support the school by providing classroom enrichment, organizing field trips, coordinating community events, or serving in leadership positions. In addition, parents and staff attend monthly community meetings to stay informed and connected.
Extensive parent involvement creates an enriched experience for the students, comprised of frequent hands-on and multi-age team activities, field trips and classroom explorations, community outreach, and other special events, including an annual overnight camp.
DCS Offers Three Classrooms
- Youngers (K and 1st grade)
- Middles (2nd and 3rd grade)
- Olders (4th and 5th grade)
DCS/Carl Sandburg Shared Campus
DCS students enjoy all the benefits of a sharing a campus with Carl Sandburg Elementary School. These include library, music, physical education, and computer lab in addition to special education, after school programs, and special events.
2013 School of Distinction Two Lake Washington Schools named 2013 Schools of Distinction.
Washington Achievement Award
Discovery Community School was recognized in 2009 with a Washington Achievement Award for Language Arts. In 2013 and 2014 DCS was recognized with a Washington Achievement Award
for Overall Excellence, Reading Growth and Math Growth. These are awarded
collaboratively with the State Board of Education (SBE) and based on the school Accountability Index. To find out more about the award, go to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website. [external site]
Discovery Community School was honored at an annual ceremony hosted by the SBE and OSPI.
From left to right
Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction;
Monica Engquist, Discovery Community School Olders Teacher;
Mark Blomquist, Discovery Community School & Carl Sandburg Elementary Principal;
Carol Fletcher, Discovery Community School Middles Teacher; and
Dr. Chip Kimball, Superintendent of Lake Washington School District.
The annual progress report to the community recaps the school year's highlights, and reports a bevy of district statistics, including test scores, graduation rates, enrollment figures, budget details and more.
Continuous Improvement Process Plan provides a description of the school, its performance history, demographic make-up, academic focus, school culture focus, and parent/family/community engagement strategies.