Friday, May 14, 2010

Hot topic: Discovery Center School

This from a reader:
Can anyone share information / experience(s) regarding The Discovery Center School?

11 comments:

  1. This is a good question. I can give you some old history on it, but have not heard from it in years. Years ago it was a great private that was actually affordable. I knew many people who sent their kids there and were quite happy. In approximately 2004, things fell apart. If I remember correctly, the original founder sold out or wanted to sell out, the new owners were not that experienced, or something like that, parents started to bolt from the place, and things went downhill after that. I had actually put in an application at that time, and between the tour and the spring everything started to fall apart. (Lost an application fee there!) The upshot: the school as it existed in the SE withered away over the next few years. The building it was in is now Little Bear's campus -- Little Bear is a preschool. I know some parents valiantly tried to keep it going for a while -- because I remember talking to one or two of them in 2006-7, as I was still interested in it. It all sounded way too iffy to me at the time. Googling it now gets you an address on Fulton -- I went by the place last year and it is a church. The church had no sign for the school, but maybe the school is still functioning under some kind of church sponsorship? Anyway, I'd be interested in knowing whether anyone has more recent experiences with it. Sounds moribound to me unless I missed something.

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  2. I've met former DCS families over the years who told me they had to transfer to other schools because DCS folded. If it was resurrected, that news hasn't gotten around. That was quite some years ago.

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  3. I called them last year and they told me they have a location in Redwood City if I remember correctly. I work on the Peninsula but it would have been too complicated. I think I was told too that the San Francisco location would open within the year and that the kids could then transfer there. I didn't pursue it any further.

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  4. Its SF location is closed - there's two preschools there now, Little Bear and Crayon Box

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  5. DCS is up and running again at their Fulton Street location. It is located in a church, but not affiliated with the church, just renting space. They have a few students that transferred from the Redwood City location, which I believe still exists as well. I know they have open enrollment throughout the year and have plenty of spots available.

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  6. The has been some confusion over whether or not The Discovery Center School is still in business and, if so, where. Here are the facts. After 2005, the Ocean Avenue location (which was leased) could no be kept. Temporarily the school used existing campuses owned by DCS in Redwood City and Half Moon Bay. But The Discovery Center School is back in San Francisco. It is college prep, affordable and small. If you want a great quality education for your sons and daughters and want small class size and lots of attention, give them a call. They are a little hard to get ahold of as they are all working. Even the director is teacher. This is a school that is down-to-earth, not too pricey, and has everything. Experienced, credentialed teachers provide college prep instruction that prepares each student for success. They are an independent private school with no church affiliation but are using the upper floor of a pretty Victorian church on Fulton.

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  7. Hi, I know a little about the current situation on The Discovery Center School. It has been in business since 1970. It has a new location at 1442 Fulton Avenue in San Francisco. Grades K - 12 are offered a college preparatory program. It's small and excellent. The enrollment is open. If you want to check it out, call Jan or Joan at (415) 724-1000.

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  8. Hi, I'm a teacher at The Discovery Center School. It is a small private school and not church affiliated, although it operates above a church at 1442 Fulton Avenue. I can strongly recommend this school to anyone, K-12. The teacher are qualified and caring. Students learn a lot. The program is academic, yet varied and fun. Uniforms are not required. All graduates go on to the best schools and universities in the nation -- and the world. It never closed. That would go against the owner's philosophy to provide the best and not to let students and parents down. If you are looking for a private school that is affordable, academic and, at the same time, enjoyable, please call. (415) 724-7458 or send the director an email at jantaylor2007@gmail.com.

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  9. Hi, I can tell you more about The Discovery Center School. It moved from its old location on Ocean Avenue and is not in the Alamo Square area on Fulton Avenue. It's above a church but has no affiliation with a church. The program is college prep. It's affordable. The grades taught are kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program seems to attract the older students. There is no extra charge for enrichment classes like music, animation and martial arts. Check it out.

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  10. Wow all I can say is this school is awesome! It is located on Fulton street in San Francisco. The teachers are wonderful, they really enjoy teaching and why not the have a great playground with all the great educational places to visit like the Exploratorium and believe me they visit them all during the year, The kids love this place the academic level of learning is awesome! Just goes to show if the kids are opened up to care and fun in learning they open to learning more at a higher level. I have met kids there and alumni many of which went to really great colleges and all gave glowing reports. Do yourself a favor and your kids and check it out!
    Ann Thome

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  11. DCS is open now, accepting students, with an excellent, diverse staff of experienced teachers. Still small, classes range from 4-12 students, and now serve K-12 students on their way to college or other post secondary goal.

    It's now at 1442 Fulton Avenue in the City, not affiliated with the Baptist Church one the first floor.
    9/2012

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