Explorers learn, collaborate, and innovate with the world in mind.
We learn together as a team and encourage everyone to explore, dream, and discover while making a positive impact in our community.
The name Discovery is a nod to John Glenn, the famous astronaut who lived in the neighborhood and played with his children on the site of the new school by running orbital patterns in Williamsburg Park, upon which Discovery now stands. “Discovery” also evokes the spirit of learning. A council of students, educators, families, and community members collaborated to select the name, as well as the mascot – the Explorer – and our school colors, red and white.
Discovery Elementary School is a community for students, of students, and by students. It is the people, not the building: Our children, our professional educators and support providers, our families, and our network of colleagues and partners work together to ensure that every individual child’s needs are met and that all children fulfill their potential and achieve what they choose.
We are deeply committed to age-appropriate, research-based child development practices, and to the principles and best practices of standards-based instruction and assessment in a healthy, environmentally-conscious public school setting.
We were founded in 2015 and neighbor Williamsburg Middle School, serving northern Arlington County, Virginia.
At Discovery Elementary School, children are challenged and encouraged to reach their highest potential through researched-based instructional practices. A rigorous academic curriculum is complimented by a focus on social and emotional wellness. Discovery Elementary School’s uniqueness evolves as committed staff, families, and members of the community model collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.