Discovery School is a private, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1993. Its mission is to prepare students for the challenges of life and future academic work by instilling in them self-esteem, academic excellence, critical thinking, the celebration of cultural diversity, and social and environmental responsibility. A unique school, best known by its low student to teacher ratio (average of seven students per teacher and 17 or fewer students per class); hands-on and experiential learning; international student body (17+ countries); development of multidisciplinary skills; and a zero-tolerance for bullying (students are taught how to collaborate, cooperate, disagree constructively, and respect differing opinions). The school’s philosophy focuses on giving the students a well-rounded education, integrating sports, music and arts, technology, and emotional intelligence. The school year begins in early August and runs through early June. The vacation calendar allows for some U.S. holidays and all Honduran holidays.
Organization: The school is governed by an elected seven-member board of directors. A representative appointed by the U.S. Ambassador and the head of school, are non-voting members of the board.
Curriculum: Discovery School has an enriched U.S.-style curriculum with high academic standards. It has adopted the Common Core curriculum in math and language arts, which provides for alignment across grade levels and content areas. Instructional methods and assessment techniques encourage students to solve problems by thinking creatively and critically and by working together. The science curriculum integrates NGSS (21st Century Next Generation Science Standards) and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The school uses the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for English and Spanish, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams for external validation of our academic program. Early childhood and primary teachers (K-grade 5) follow the guided reading program which helps build and strengthen students’ literacy skills in phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Elementary classrooms combine cooperative learning settings with open carpeted areas for circle time, reading activities, and discussion groups. To enhance the learning experience, students use different digital programs such as IXL, Raz-Kids, SAAVAS (Math), and others. The academic program, including Pre-AP and AP courses, prepares students for entrance into competitive universities in the U.S. and throughout the world. The school currently offers 6 AP courses: AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Human Geography, AP English Language and Composition & AP English Literature and Composition (offered in alternate years), AP Spanish Literature & Culture, and AP Computer Science Principles. Other AP courses are offered based on demand and student interest. For Social Emotional Learning, the school implements Lions Quest program (K-12) that focuses on positive behavior, anti-bullying, character education, connection to school, and drug, tobacco, and alcohol awareness. All classes are taught in English, except for Spanish and Spanish Social Studies. Discovery School is accredited by COGNIA, the College Board (AP Program), and the Honduran Ministry of Education. The school offers a U.S. Diploma, the AP International Diploma, and the Honduran Bachillerato Internacional en Ciencias y Humanidades.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, Discovery School has 49 total staff including 35 teachers. All teachers have university degrees and teaching qualifications/ experience. All classroom teachers are bilingual (English/Spanish).
Enrollment: At beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment is 202 students (PK-1: 43, 2-5: 74, 6-12: 85).
Facilities: Discovery School consists of a purpose-built facility located on a spacious seven-acre site adjacent to the Anillo Periférico (beltway). The school has a beautiful panoramic view of the nearby mountains. Classrooms are spacious and conditioned to the hands-on learning activities. The campus includes a small soccer field, a cafeteria, a gym, playgrounds, green areas, and generous parking. It also has an administration building and specially equipped rooms for music, art, computer-information center, and a library. The campus is very secure, surrounded by a solid security wall with concertina wire, reinforced security gates, and 48 CCTV cameras. The school has a BYOD policy; students have a secure Internet access in which proper digital citizenship is encouraged.
Finances: Annual tuition for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows: N/PK: $5,535 (8:00-11:00); $9,840 (8:00-1:40); K–grade 5: $9,840; grades 6-8: $11,788; grades 9-12: $12,915. A one-time capital fee is charged for each student as follows: N/PK: $250 each year; and K-12: $5,250. Bus service is available only for U.S. Embassy families for $150 per student per month. English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and Spanish-as-a-second-language (SSL) classes are available, if needed, for $850 per semester. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and provided by the school.