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. 

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.

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

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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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