FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
A charter school is an independently run public school. Charter schools are granted greater flexibility in their operations. In return for this flexibility charter schools are expected to perform at a higher level of standard on both test scores and graduation rates.
DO YOU TEST TO GAIN ADMISSION?
No. Discovery schools are open-enrollment schools and do not require testing to gain admission.
IS THERE A COST TO ATTEND YOUR SCHOOL?
Discovery Schools are tuition-free, like all public schools. PreK 4 is our only tuition-based program.
IF I AM ON THE WAIT LIST, DO I HAVE TO RE-APPLY EVERY YEAR?
Yes. The wait list does not carry over from year to year, therefore, you must apply each year. Current students do not need to re-apply.
HOW MANY SCHOOLS DOES DISCOVERY OPERATE?
Discovery Schools operates Kenner Discovery, which opened in 2013. We opened our second school, Dr. John Ochsner Discovery, in August 2020. In the fall of 2023, Discovery will open its third school, Baton Rouge Ochsner Discovery.
CAN MY CHILD APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE DISCOVERY SCHOOL?
Yes. You are welcome to apply to all of the Discovery Schools your child is eligible for.
WHAT IS THE STUDENT- TEACHER RATIO AT DISCOVERY SCHOOLS?
The average class size is approximately 26 students.
MY CHILD HAS AN IEP, OR RECEIVES SPECIAL SERVICES; CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE HIS/HER NEEDS?
Yes. We accommodate all children and their individual learning needs.
DO YOU PROVIDE BUS TRANSPORTATION?
Parents are encouraged to drop-off and pick-up their child on a daily basis. Limited transportation service is provided by Discovery Schools.
For students attending Kenner Discovery (PreK-12), bus transportation is available for Kenner residents only AND who live more than one mile away from their campus. We are working to establish additional transportation hubs for those students who live outside of Kenner.
For students attending DJOD, bus transportation is available for those in the neighborhood preference area and Harahan. Additional transportation hubs (designated pick-up and drop-off locations) are located at Trenton & Kingman (near Clearview Mall) for Metairie residents and at the Dollar General on Bridge City Ave for Westbank Residents.