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“I watched [my son] struggle right from grade one. All the teachers said he was a great kid, helpful, kind, and put in a lot of effort. But he still wasn’t catching on to reading and writing. By grade three or four, he would cry in the mornings because he didn’t want to go to school. It was too hard. Once he got into Discovery School … everything changed. He walked into a class of regular kids, two of whom he knew from playing lacrosse. He has not cried or been frustrated or overwhelmed with school since his first day at Discovery. He spent grades 6 and 7 there, then moved on to Oak Bay High. [He] has been on the Honour Roll with almost all As and Bs for the last 3 1/2 years.” ~ Mrs. C.
“Our son is just finishing his first year at Discovery School. It was a big decision for us to move our son from the public system to Discovery School, but watching our son gain confidence and build his self esteem has made it all worth while. The small class size and the commitment of his teacher and other staff at Discovery School has made a big difference in how our son learns. He is now excited to go to school each day and enjoys learning. He has made some great friends, too, which was something we were concerned about as our son had to leave behind friends he had been in school with since kindergarten. He has had a very successful first year and we are very pleased with his progress. This is a school that truly understands what it means to have a learning disability and they know how to teach to that disability. Our only regret is that we didn't do this sooner.”
~ Doug and Linda
“Erich started Kindergarten as a bright and happy 5 year old. As the year progressed he became more and more withdrawn. He didn’t want to go to school, he constantly feigned illness and was rapidly losing his self-esteem. It was very distressing to watch him become a Kindergarten dropout. We had Erich tested and he was diagnosed with a learning disability in Grade One. We managed to get Erich accepted into Discovery School for his second grade of school. The transformation was astonishing to see. He started to read with some confidence but, more importantly, he regained his self confidence which gave him the ability to try new things and to ask questions. He soon became a happy, well-adjusted child who loves to go to school. I am thankful every day that we found Discovery School.”
~ S. Hyde
“This school is undoubtedly a very happy place to be. Mikey is proud to be there, and we are very relieved to have found the best place for him. Mikey has developed into a confident 12 yr old in the 3 years he has been at Discovery School. The small classes of 10 have provided less distraction and more time to focus on the task at hand. The ADDITIONAL Learning Support Staff guide those who need extra help in the classroom discussions and projects. They are the icing on the cake when it comes to a perfect learning situation for those that require it. He has made unbelievable progress with the Individual Learning Program that has been adapted to suit his needs. He enjoys doing his homework… its true!”
“The Teaching Staff are experienced and supportive of each other and the children. Discovery children pull together as a team helping and encouraging each other and they also learn tolerance and are kind to those still finding their way when they are new. Favourite activities arranged by the school include Camp Thunderbird, Pancake Breakfast, swimming, cross-country running, skating, pumpkin picking, gymnastics, field trips and Bake Sale Days in costume. The end of year Awards Ceremonies are eagerly anticipated with the year books and slide presentations and, of course, the prizes for achievement.” ~ Mia and Brian