Admission - Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply to attend Discovery Charter School?
Any child residing in the state of California can apply to Discovery Charter School.
Is there tuition?
No. Discovery Charter School is a public school in the state of California. However, we do ask our families to support the school by participating in our Annual Fund Drive.
Does your school have Special Education?
Discovery Charter School has a resource program for identified special education students. We do not have Special Day Classes for severely handicapped students, and we do not have classes or programs for students on the Autism Spectrum. Since Discovery is essentially a single school "district", we do not have the depth of resources or the breadth of programs of a typical school district. While a developmental program can help children with special needs, it can be counter-productive for those with extreme needs. Our program is not highly structured, and there is no such thing as a "routine schedule" or day. We honestly feel that some children do better and are better served elsewhere.
Does submitting an application guarantee my child a spot at Discovery Charter School?
No. If there are too many applications for a specific grade level, then enrollment is determined by an Admission Lottery.
If I am a prior year applicant who is still on the waitlist what is the status of my application for next year?
Your status needs to be updated.You will need to re-apply by submitting another application and attending both the mandatory information meeting and open house again this year. The good news is that as a prior year wait-list individual you will move up in the lottery preference category. Please note the Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants are not eligible for prior year's waitlist priority, even if they applied the prior year.
If my child was offered a position in the prior year, but our family declined the offer, what is the status of the application for next year?
When your family declines an offered position, the child loses the position on the waiting list. You will need to re-apply by submitting another application during the open enrollment period for the following year, attend both the mandatory information meeting and open house, and participate in the lottery again.
When will the Admission Lottery occur?
If a lottery is necessary, it will be held within the required amount of time from the close of the open enrollment period. Lottery date: March 27, 2013 at Discovery Charter School Rm. 2 at 2:00 p.m. Lottery attendance is optional. Results will be posted online within 24hrs.
What happens during the Open Enrollment Period?
Discovery sets the open enrollment dates yearly. The open enrollment period for the 2013-14 school year will begin January 9, 2013 and extend thru February 25, 2013. During this defined period all applications received are weighted equally. Should the number of students applying for any grade level exceed the expected capacity for that grade, an Admissions Lottery shall be conducted for the open enrollment period applicants for the oversubscribed grades. There are preference categories that determine positions within the Lottery.
What are the Admission Lottery Preference Categories?
Enrollment preferences shall be given in the following order:
If I find out about Discovery after the Enrollment Period (or after the Lottery) can I still submit an application?
Yes. Discovery still accepts enrollment applications. We encourage you to apply to our school. Applications submitted outside the Open Enrollment Period will be put on the waitlist in the order in which they are received.
If I enroll my child at Discovery Charter School, can I change my mind?
Yes, you can. Filling out and returning an enrollment form does not commit you to a decision. As at any public school, you are entitled to withdraw your child at any time. You should be aware that once you withdraw or say "no" (to an offered space) Discovery policy is to automatically drop/withdraw you from the attendance or school waitlist and offer the spot to the next waiting family.
What if I want to have my child repeat a grade or skip a grade?
Grade Level Retentions (repeating a grade) and acceleration (skipping a grade) are decisions that need to be made by your child's current school. You may not enroll your child in the same grade level that they are currently in, or skip a grade. If you feel your child needs to be retained or accelerated and their current school is not supportive of this decision, then you may discuss this with Discovery's Executive Director after your child is enrolled at the appropriate grade level.
What do I need to do if my child resides out of the Moreland School District Boundaries?
There is no district-to-district transfer required (nor is a transfer required from a Moreland school to Discovery.) Simply fill out the Discovery Charter School Application and turn it in. Should your child be accepted, our office staff will notify your old school/district.
We have been trying to get into Discovery for many years now and every year have attended the required Open House and Information Night meetings. Is it possible to get an exemption when reapplying to Discovery?
A: Yes it is possible. The Discovery Administration has determined that if you have attended two years or more of Info Nights and Open Houses you are excused from attending again this year. Please email Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org letting him know the years attended to request the exemption. The exemption is NOT automatic. Please be advised the office staff will verify past meeting attendance records to qualify your application.
I've heard that Discovery is opening a second campus (Discovery II). What is the status?
The charter for Discovery Charter School II (Discovery II) was approved by the Santa Clara County Office of Education on March 6, 2013. We are planning to open Discovery II within the San Jose Unified School District in the Fall of 2013.Open Enrollment for DII will be March 21st - May 2, 2013, and the Lottery for Enrollment for Discovery II will be May 29, 2013.
To keep abreast of developments concerning Discovery II and Fall 2013 enrollment we invite you to join: DiscoveryIINews Yahoo Group
What is the age requirement for Kindergarten at Discovery?
Your child must turn 5 years of age prior to October 2, 2013 to be age eligible for Kindergarten at Discovery.
What is the age requirement for Transitional Kindergarten at Discovery?
Your child must turn 5 years of age between September 2, 2013 and December 1, 2013 to be age eligible for our Transitional Kindergarten program for the 2013-14 school year. Students with September birthdays have the option of choosing either Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten.
How does the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program work at Discovery?
If your child applies for Transitional Kindergarten at Discovery I, their number will be drawn with the Kindergarten applicants during the lottery for enrollment. The TK students will be placed in Kindergarten classrooms as appropriate, but they will follow a modified curriculum. Should Discovery II open, ALL Transitional Kindergarten students will be transferred out of Discovery I and placed in the Transitional Kindergarten program at Discovery II (even if their sibling is enrolled at Discovery I).
How can I get more information about Discovery?
During our Open Enrollment Period we hold several School Information meetings. We also highly recommend that you attend an Open House to see Discovery in action. Attendance at these meetings provides information concerning Discovery and our program so you can make an informed and educated choice for your family.
Do I need to attend an Informational Meeting?
Attendance at a school information meeting is required for an application to be considered complete. (Except for returning Discovery families.) PLEASE NOTE: you may submit your child's application for enrollment at any time during the open enrollment period. You need NOT wait to attend the required meeting to submit the application. However, your child's application will not qualify for the lottery if attendance at both the information meeting and the open house is not verified. (For verification purposes, please don't forget to "sign in" upon arrival.)
Do I need to attend an Open House?
Attendance at an open house is required for an application to be considered complete. (Except for returning Discovery families.)
How do I get my other questions answered?
We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have. Just email us for more information.