There are seven reasons why Discovery Academy offers a superior educational model:
Discovery Academy teachers have an average of 25 years teaching experience and most are Master’s level educators. All teachers are certified by the State of Utah.
Student/teacher ratios in Academy classes are generally 12 to 1. In addition to a licensed professional teacher, each class also uses a mentor.
Discovery Academy is not a “packet” program. Our textbooks are literally cut and divided into chapters, or concepts. A teacher works with each student to help them master the information in each concept. Students must test on the material and pass with at least an 80% score.
While the student sets the pace, the teacher directs the learning. This provides immediate opportunities for teachers to provide remedial assistance or to challenge the student through a more advanced curriculum.
Once each week students and staff participate in an experiential learning activity that enhances subject matter presented in the classroom. Students may enjoy off campus activities at nearby museums, universities, and state parks. On campus experiential activities include hands-on lecture and visual demonstrations.
Discovery Academy students typically score higher than the national average on ACT and SAT tests, the examination most colleges require for entrance.
In addition, each student is assigned a guidance counselor to help the student apply for acceptance into the college or university of their choice. Our students have been accepted to many of the top colleges, and community colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
Discovery Academy students receive an official transcript of grades to facilitate their entrance into other academic programs.
Educators and clinicians meet monthly to discuss each student’s academic and clinical progress. This information exchange keeps both teams of professionals apprised of any important changes in a student’s behavior or learning.
Experience indicates boys and girls tend to pay more attention to subject matter when they are surrounded by same sex peers. For this reason, boys and girls are segregated academically. The Academy does provide limited, closely supervised experiential activities to help students learn and practice appropriate social behaviors.
For more information about the Discovery Academy academic program, fill out our Assessment or contact our admissions department at (801) 374-2121.