Preschool – Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Discovery School

The Discovery School (TDS) is the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s preschool for children ages 2 years and 9 months to 5 years.

At The Discovery School, we value time for pursuing interests, engaging in imaginative play, and developing relationships which sets children up for success in school and in life. 

Tour Our School

Looking for the right preschool for 2020-21? Join us for a digital presentation ‘tour’ via Zoom to see if TDS is right for your family!

Learn more about The Discovery School and our enrollment process and meet our educators and Head of School. You will also see images from our TDS classrooms as well as our extended classrooms, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and Fort Baker. 

Digital Tour Dates:

RSVP for July 22          RSVP for July 24

2020-21 Program


Age Minimum: 2 years and 9 months

(3 years old by December 1, 2020)

Children must be toilet independent. We are not licensed for diapering.

Days: 5 days, Monday – Friday

Time: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Tuition: $17,030; Tuition Deposit $2,000

Covid 19 Safety Measures Fee: $2,150


Extended Day Available 

Afternoons: Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays  | Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m. | Fee:  $7,757

There are limited spots available for the 2020-21 school year. Please contact us for more information.

2020-21 School Year Calendar

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2020-21 Program Schedule

Class A
Drop off              8:10 – 8:30 AM
Program             8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Pick up                12:30 -12:45 PM

Class B
Drop off              8:40 – 9:00 AM
Program             9:00 AM – 1 PM
Pick up                1 – 1:15 PM

Your Child’s Day at School

We value and prioritize time for pursuing interests, developing relationships, and engaging in imaginative play and exploration with open-ended materials. We regularly spend time having group meetings (circle time), exploring outside, sharing stories, singing songs, engaging in small group work, and eating a snack and lunch. 

Our Daily Flow

  • Arrival
  • Outdoor Play & Exploration
  • Snack & Community Meeting
    • At this time we are unable to provide a snack. Children may bring their own snack from home.
  • Open Classroom Investigation & Small Groups
  • Lunch 
  • Book Look & Lunch Transition
  • Pick up

While the exact order of events may change, we consistently provide children with time for uninterrupted exploration indoors and out, small group and classroom community experiences- with as few transitions as possible.

The Discovery School is aligned with the BADM’s research division which provides evidence-based expertise in children’s creativity development.

We are licensed as a childcare center by the State of California and feature fully qualified teachers and a low staff-to-child ratio.

About TDS

We believe that children are capable and innately motivated learners and our research-backed, emergent curriculum is guided by students’ interests, questions, and curiosities. Through joyful learning and collaborative play, our Reggio-inspired program is designed to grow children’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development, as well as their creative problem-solving skills. Our teachers intentionally prepare a creatively stimulating classroom environment and utilize our museum-based campus and national park setting so children can explore and gain knowledge about the world around them. This close-knit preschool cultivates relationships, which are the foundation of our safe and nurturing learning environment.

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5% of your order is donated to TDS!

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