Mountain Discovery Charter

890 Jenkins Branch Rd North

Bryson City, NC 28713

Tel: (828)488-1222
Grades KG-8
178 students
Mountain Discovery Charter serves 178 students in grades KG - 8.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the NC average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority American Indian and Asian), which is less than the state average of 49%.
Mountain Discovery Charter operates within the Mountain Discovery Charter School District.

School Overview

The student population of 178 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 12 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
School Type Charter School
Grades Offered Grades KG-8
Total Students 178 students
Mountain Discovery Charter Total Students (2004-2014)
Gender % Mountain Discovery Charter Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 12 teachers
Mountain Discovery Charter Total Teachers (2003-2014)
Students by Grade Mountain Discovery Charter Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (NC) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1 16:1
Mountain Discovery Charter Student Teacher Ratio (2003-2014)
American Indian
5%
1%
Mountain Discovery Charter American Indian Students (2004-2014)
Asian
3%
3%
Mountain Discovery Charter Asian Students (2007-2014)
Hispanic
3%
15%
Mountain Discovery Charter Black Students (2006-2014)
White
86%
51%
Mountain Discovery Charter White Students (2004-2014)
Two or more races
3%
4%
Mountain Discovery Charter Two Or More Races Students (2009-2014)
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.26 0.45
Mountain Discovery Charter Diversity Score (2004-2014)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
28%
47%
Mountain Discovery Charter Eligible for Free Lunch (2003-2014)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
22%
7%
Mountain Discovery Charter Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2012-2014)

District Comparison

Mountain Discovery Charter School District's student population of 178 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The revenue/student of $9,284 in this district is less than the state average of $10,864. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The district's spending/student of $9,111 is less than the state average of $10,591. The district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
School District Name Mountain Discovery Charter School District
Number of Schools
Managed
1
1
Number of Students Managed 178 1,120
Mountain Discovery Charter  School District Students Managed (2004-2014)
District Total Revenue $2 MM $18 MM
Mountain Discovery Charter  School District District Total Revenue (2003-2014)
District Spending $2 MM $18 MM
Mountain Discovery Charter  School District District Spending (2003-2014)
District Revenue / Student $9,284 $10,864
Mountain Discovery Charter  School District District Revenue / Student (2003-2014)
District Spending / Student $9,111 $10,591
Mountain Discovery Charter  School District District Spending / Student (2003-2014)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2014 (latest year available) NCES, NC Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school is Cherokee Extension School (1.2 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Swain County Middle School (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Cherokee Extension School (1.2 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Bryson CitySwain County Middle School
    Grades: 6-8
    1.1 miles
    135 Arlington Ave
    Bryson CityNC 28713
    (828)488-3480
    1.16-8n/a
  • Bryson CityCherokee Extension School
    Grades: KG-12 | 85 students
    1.2 miles
    280 School Dr
    Bryson CityNC 28713
    (828)488-3129
    1.2KG-1285
  • Bryson CitySwain Co West Elementary School
    Grades: KG-5 | 459 students
    2.4 miles
    4142 Hwy 19 West
    Bryson CityNC 28713
    (828)488-2119
    2.4KG-5459
  • Bryson CitySwain County High School
    Grades: 9-12 | 591 students
    3 miles
    1415 Fontana Rd
    Bryson CityNC 28713
    (828)488-2152
    39-12591
  • Bryson CitySwain Co East Elementary School
    Grades: KG-5 | 444 students
    6.2 miles
    4747 Ela Rd
    Bryson CityNC 28713
    (828)488-0939
    6.2KG-5444

School Reviews

Kindergarten is great! After that it goes down hill fast. The teachers are condescending, Especially the 4th grade. She has no problem cutting off your conversation when you are not saying what she wants to hear. Parent involvement is not really accepted, unless it is to do maintenance and other labor chores. There are no sports programs other than to run laps up and down a mountain on pavement. They have no problem with punishment for wrong doing but very little to no praise for good accomplishments. Our son has been going here for 4 1/2 years and we will be taking him out in the middle of the school year because it has gotten so bad. She shows favoritism to her daughter who is in her class this year. There is very little experiential learning, that we were looking forward to and is the reason we started our son's education here. The principal has no clue as to safe conditions during the winter. When other schools in the area are closed due to weather he will have the school remain open at risk of student safety. We are very disappointed with how the school is turning out. Each year we had hoped things would get better, but it seems to be going the other way and we will not subject our son to inferior education and teachers.
- Posted by Parent, 01/19/12
Middle school is a disappointment. Students in 6th language arts are parked in front of a computer with no real instruction. Music teacher is part time and not even certified, band is a joke. No lunch or breakfast, no sports or gym. For PE my kid ran the driveway loop everyday. Small schools, but the principles touted on the website are deceiving. Science is hardly ever done, expeditionary principles not followed. Check out the local county schools (Swain, Jackson). They are a thousand times better.
- Posted by Parent, 05/16/11
Academic programs are not superior to other schools. Teachers are not better qualified than other schools, nor is teaching philosophy alternate, so the program does not stand out. School does not offer any unique art or music, sports are essentially not available. Parent involvement is shut out. Facilities are abysmal, each class meets in a trailer with no separate facilities for lunch or sports. Heating and cooling units are very loud in each room. Most concern is the behavior system, the school is heavy on punishments with no consistent system for rewarding students.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 05/03/11
A complete failure! Poor instruction, supervision and treatment of students. Teachers seem scared of the administration. A weird group think like mentality as school culture. Parental involvement is no longer welcomed. An incompetent and angry school board. Your kids would be better off anywhere else
- Posted by Parent, 01/25/11
Very unhappy with the instruction in Middle School. No real science curriculum. Teacher does not follow Expeditionary Learning Principles. School Director is not qualified for the position. The school board is ineffective. No Gym, no lunches, no sports. Mobile homes for classrooms. Swain County schools shine in comparison.
- Posted by Parent, 12/13/10

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