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.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY? 

Any Jefferson Parish resident is eligible to apply for admission. To be eligible for Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by or before September 30.

DO YOU TEST TO GAIN ADMISSION?

No. Discovery schools are open-enrollment schools and do not require testing to gain admission. 

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. 

CAN MY CHILD APPLY TO BOTH KENNER DISCOVERY AND DR. JOHN OCHSNER DISCOVERY? 

Yes. For the 2022-23 School Year Kenner Discovery will serve students in grades K-12 and Dr. John Ochsner Discovery will serve students in grades K-7.

To learn more about PreK 4 offerings, click here.

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.

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 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.

WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE SCHOOL?

Yes. We are planning on in-person Open House this year at all of our campuses!

Please see the dates below to visit our schools and check back on our website closer to these dates for more details:

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

High School and Middle School Open House

Grades: 5th -12th

January 10, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

3837 Loyola Drive, Kenner, LA 70065

Dr. John Ochsner Discovery

Lower and Middle School Open House

Grades: PreK4 - 7th

January 12, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

1108 Shrewsbury Road, Jefferson, LA 70121

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

Lower School Open House

Grades: PreK4 - 4th

January 20, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2504 Maine Ave, Metairie, LA 70003