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.
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.
Ensuring the health and safety of our children, families, and staff is our top priority. Learn more about The Discovery School Health & Safety Plan for the 2020-21 program year here.
2020-21 School Year Calendar
2020-21 Program Schedule
Drop off 8:10 – 8:30 AM
Program 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Pick up 12:30 -12:45 PM
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Interested in learning more about TDS? Send us a message!