Arizona Public Charter School   Pre-K - 8th Grade
Non-Profit 501(c)3   Charitable Organization


Enroll at Discovery today!

And together we will

Discover, Learn, and Grow.

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Employment Opportunity

Are you a determined explorer looking for employment in the field of education? We are now hiring for both the 2017-18 and the 2018-19 school years.

Click here to find out more about our openings, how to apply, and what we are looking for.


Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a parent, student, teacher or community member interested in volunteering this summer with the charitable, human service, nonprofit Benevilla, to help the elderly in the Southwest Valley?  

Click here to download the flyer from this past summer explaining who they are and how you can help. Opportunities to serve through this organization are still available.


October Cooking Demo & Lesson

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At the culmination of our middle school Nutrition Class in early October, Chef Ingrid Agudo of Georgia Day Café and our own Captain Sharps conducted a cooking demonstration and lesson. Chef Ingrid showed the class how to prepare fresh mayonnaise using olive oil and 6 other ingredients: eggs, lemon, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, salt and sugar.

Chef Ingrid wanted the students to know that they no longer needed to buy commercially produced mayonnaise. They learned how simple ingredients found in their own pantry and fridge at home, could be put together to make fresh mayonnaise from scratch! During the demo, Captain Sharps collaborated with Chef Ingrid, adding helpful information and relevant detail. After preparing the mayonnaise, all the students were given hard boiled eggs with which they prepared egg salad. Students learned about presentation and visual appeal as they prepared their egg salad sandwiches on whole wheat bread with fresh cucumbers and parsley as a garnish.

All in all, it was a fun and unique hands-on activity for our middle schoolers.


 

Step aboard!

Together with your family we will engage and inspire your children to

Discover, Learn, and Grow.

Watch the video below to see how our students will build a community with their teachers and parents through a rewarding online environment and iPad app called

Kaymbu

 


 

Creemos = We Believe

What do we believe?
 

Discovery Creemos Academy is dedicated to the idea that humans have the power and ability to speak dreams into existence, and to engineer our future with the

Creativity and Imagination

that we all possess. We do so with the hope that we may be a source of

Joy and Inspiration

to all the world.

What do we offer?
 

Growth Mindset

Instead of labeling students with discouraging fixed grades such as “C for Average”, “F for Failure”, etc., we encourage students to see themselves as being guided by our teachers along a path of growth towards the next level of mastery, and Not Yet finished with their progress toward becoming an independent learner. With the growth mindset our students (and teachers) gain the power of believing that they can improve. Click here to see more about the growth mindset as explained by educational researcher Carol Dweck.

Discovery Creemos Academy worked with Suzi Ferris educational consultants to develop a new measurement system that takes into account the growth mindset and the progress promised by our process: the [LEAP] Report, which measures Learning, Engagement, Academics, and Portfolio. To find out more details concerning this new way of evaluating the progress of our students, please download the document from the following link:

[LEAP] Report

 

  

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Effective & Established Curricula

Our K-5th Grades follow the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum for English Language Arts. CKLA provides carefully sequenced background knowledge in social studies, science, literature and the arts to build vocabulary and comprehension while simultaneously teaching foundational reading skills. At the heart of the Listening & Learning strand are authentic fiction and nonfiction texts that teachers read aloud. These texts are grouped in knowledge domains that create interactive opportunities to question, discuss and share ideas centered on text. The Skills strand teaches reading and writing in tandem. These lessons support reading and foundational skills through daily instruction in phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, decoding with engaging decodable texts, writing mechanics and writing structure and processes. The Skills Strand fully accords with the findings of the National Reading Panel and the Reading Foundational Skills section of the Common Core State Standards. 

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Our 6th-8th Grades follow the Engage NY curriculum for English Language Arts which aligns with the Common Core Learning Standards (”the Standards”) and is the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy. Teachers use their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in their respective fields. This curriculum lays out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century with wide applicability inside and outside the classroom or workplace. Students who meet the Standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today, both print and digitally. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that build knowledge, enlarge experience, and broaden world views. They reflexively demonstrate the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic. In short, students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.

Our K-8th Grades follow the Eureka Math curriculum (also known as EngageNY) carefully sequencing mathematical progressions into expertly crafted modules. Eureka Math connects math to the real world in ways that take the fear out of math and build student confidence, while helping students achieve true understanding lesson by lesson and year after year. 

 

 

Expeditionary Learning

As part of the curricula, we guide our students on local expeditions to places like the zoo, the capitol building, and local businesses for the purpose of intellectual and creative exploration, immersive learning, hands-on experience, discovery, and inspiration. Using the Expeditionary Learning (EL) curriculum in our middle school we strive to impart our students with the following skills and attributes:

Deeper understanding: show mastery in a body of knowledge and skills within each discipline

Applied learning: transfer knowledge and skills to meaningful tasks

Critical Thinking: analyze, evaluate, and synthesize complex ideas and multiple perspectives

Clear Communication: write, speak, and present ideas effectively in a variety of media within and across disciplines

Effective Learning: develop the mindsets and skills for success in college, career, and life (initiative, responsibility, grit, collaboration)

Ethics: treat others well and stand up for what is right (empathy, integrity, respect, compassion)

Service: put learning to use to improve communities (citizenship)

Complex Work: demonstrate higher-order thinking, multiple perspectives and teaching

Craftsmanship: create work that is accurate and beautiful from concept to completion

Authentic Work: demonstrate original thinking and voice, connect to real-world issues, meaningful to the community beyond the school

 

 

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Free Meals

Because a significant number of our students are not always sure from where their next meal will come, Georgia Day Café has secured funding to provide free food all year on campus for all of our students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Please download the application from the following links, fill out the paperwork, and turn it in at the front desk, where one of our friendly staff will help you with any questions you might have:

NSLP Application (English)   |   NSLP Application (Español)  

A big "Thank You" goes out to St. Mary's Food Bank for working with us to promote support for at-risk children facing food insecurity. Check out the video below featuring several of the Discovery students.

 

 

 

Free Transportation

For all K-8 Families from a nearby bus stop in Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye, Tolleson, Rainbow Valley, and Estrella Mountain. If you would like to locate our nearest bus stop, or are ready to sign up to ride our bus to school, please call us at 1-800-993-1458 and let us know right away so that we can make the proper arrangements. Discovery Creemos Academy has built a relationship with Desert Choice to provide transportation.  


 

    

 

Affordable Uniforms

Save your children's wardrobe budget and rely on us for an inexpensive (and required) alternative. Parents must purchase uniforms on the Discovery campus, and can do so at an affordable price.

At this time, we are redesigning the uniform. However, returning families should rest easy, because for the coming 2017-18 school year, the former uniforms that were already purchased, will continue to be allowed.

Dress Up Days are every Friday, where students are allowed and encouraged to dress out of uniform by wearing dress clothes. Dresses are permitted but must not be shorter than the middle of the thigh when seated. High heels, wedges, backless shoes and flip-flops are still prohibited.

Dollar for Duds Days are incentive days where students are allowed to pay $1 to have a “Free Dress” day, usually based on a special theme chosen by school administration.

 Spirit Days are incentive days where students are allowed to dress out of uniform, following particular themes chosen by school administration. These days usually fall over the course of a week before a school break.

More details about our dress code can be found on our Policies page.

 

 

 

 

 

Raised Bed Gardening

Through the Raising Rosemary Project, students partake in a sustainable student-run horticultural initiative called raising rosemary, designed to provide locally grown, organic produce to be served with our lunches.

Programs

 

Free Full Day Pre-K

Tuition free for families that qualify. $150/Week for all other families.

This year we were honored to receive the Pre-School Development Grant (PDG) which allows us to provide tuition free pre-school for families that qualify. To qualify, pre-school students must be 4 years old prior to September 1, 2017, and families must have a gross income lower than 200% of the poverty guideline. To see if you qualify, please download the application from the following link, fill out the paperwork, and turn it in at the front desk, where one of our friendly staff will help you with any questions you might have. 

PDG Application for Free Pre-K

Creative Curriculum®
Our stellar center based Discovery Little Stars Creemos Pre-K uses the Creative Curriculum®, a forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based set of resources, with proven results in the field. This program improves preschool teacher effectiveness, honors their creativity and respects their critical role in crafting exciting and relevant learning experiences for every child.

Robust & Engaging Lesson Plans
This year we are introducing new, more robust subject matters: Science and Technology, Social Studies & the Arts. These more focused subjects of study introduce children to creative problem solving and the scientific method. With the use of technology and scientific processes, children develop and test hypotheses to gain a new understanding of the world we share and the people with whom we share it.

Measurements & Accountability
Our new Objectives for Development & Learning® and the GOLD® assessment system enable our teachers to observe and monitor our students’ progress through the entirety of early childhood development, growth and learning. The GOLD® assessment is aligned to the Arizona Early Learning Standards.

Arizona DES Certified Childcare Provider
Classes for 3 & 4 year olds

Click Here to find out more on our Pre-K Page

 

 

Before & After Care

We welcome all pre-registered Pre-K to 8th grade students into our Before & After-School Care Programs, Mon-Fri every school day, starting August 2. For more information, please call (800) 993-1458.

Before-School Care Program
Free breakfast provided by Georgia Day Café

6:00am-7:45am Mon-Fri
Cost: $5 / Day

 

After-School Care Program
Engaging educational, extracurricular, and entertaining activities.
Healthy Snack provided by Georgia Day Café

3:45pm-5:45pm Mon-Thu
Cost: $5 / Day

1:00pm-5:45pm Fri
Cost: $10

Registration
Students must be registered in advance to attend any portion of these programs. For more information, please call (800) 993-1458. Registration forms are located in the front office.

Scheduling
During registration, parents are encouraged to indicate a regular schedule of Before & After-Care Programs that their child or children will attend, but drop-ins will be allowed with upfront payment.

Payments
$5 / Day Mon-Thu, $10 / Day Fri:
Cash & Credit Card payments will be accepted. Payments will be accepted in advance of service only. Accounts will not be allowed to carry owing balances.

$5/Min after 5:45pm ( Late Pick-Up Fee ):
All students are expected to be picked up at or before 5:45pm. The $5/min fee applies to any student picked up after 5:45pm from the After-School Care program.

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What's the word?

Best school ever! It really feels like home. The staff has been so supportive and encouraging especially during a time when my family was going through a lot.
— Discovery Creemos Academy Parent
I love the school uniforms. We get a lot of compliments when we are out with the kids and they are wearing their Discovery uniforms. Very cool.
— Discovery Creemos Academy Parent
I worry about my children getting enough exercise at home because I have to be at work so much. But Discovery helps keep my kids active in martial arts and sports.
— Discovery Creemos Academy Parent & Local Business Owner

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Opportunity to Support Discovery

School Tax Credit Donation

100% of every dollar you give goes directly to supporting student learning.  Your donation is not only tax deductible, but for those living in Arizona, you may receive a tax credit up to $200 per individual and $400 for a couple filing their taxes jointly.  A tax credit means that you get every dollar you donate back.

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