Mountain Discovery Charter

890 Jenkins Branch,

Bryson City, NC, 28713

Tel: (828)488-1222
Grades: KG-8

174 students

Mountain Discovery Charter serves 174 students in grades KG-8.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the NC average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority American Indian and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 48%.
Mountain Discovery Charter operates within the Mountain Discovery Charter School District.

Overview

The student population of 174 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 13 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
School Type Charter School
Grades Offered Grades KG-8
Total Students 174 students
Mountain Discovery Charter Total Students (2003-2012)
Gender % 58% Male / 42%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 13 teachers
Mountain Discovery Charter Total Classroom Teachers (2003-2012)
Students by Grade Mountain Discovery Charter Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (NC) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 15:1
Mountain Discovery Charter Student : Teacher Ratio (2003-2012)
American Indian
6%
1%
Mountain Discovery Charter American Indian (2003-2012)
Asian
2%
2%
Mountain Discovery Charter Asian (2007-2012)
Hispanic
4%
13%
Mountain Discovery Charter Hispanic (2006-2012)
Black
n/a
27%
Mountain Discovery Charter Black (2004-2012)
White
82%
52%
Mountain Discovery Charter White (2003-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Mountain Discovery Charter Sch Ethnicity Mountain Discovery Charter Sta Ethnicity
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.
0.32 0.64
Mountain Discovery Charter Diversity Score (2003-2012)
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%
45%
Mountain Discovery Charter Eligible for Free Lunch (2003-2012)
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.
13% 8%

District Comparison

The district's student population of 174 students has grown by 15% over five years.
School District Name Mountain Discovery Charter School District
Number of Schools
Managed
1
4
Number of Students Managed 174 1,593
District Total Revenue $1 MM $19 MM
District Spending $1 MM $18 MM
District Revenue / Student $9,344 $11,105
District Spending / Student $9,106 $10,880
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, NC Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Cherokee Extension High School (1.2 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Swain County Middle School (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Swain Co West Elementary School (2.4 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Bryson City Swain County Middle School
    135 Arlington Ave
    Bryson City , NC , 28713
    (828)488-3480
    1.1  mi  |  540  students  |  Gr.  6-8
  • Bryson City Cherokee Extension High School
    280 School Dr
    Bryson City , NC , 28713
    (828)488-3129
    1.2  mi  |  102  students  |  Gr.  KG-12
  • Bryson City Swain Co West Elementary School
    4142 Hwy 74 West
    Bryson City , NC , 28713
    (828)488-2119
    2.4  mi  |  402  students  |  Gr.  KG-5
  • Bryson City Swain County High School
    1415 Fontana Rd
    Bryson City , NC , 28713
    (828)488-2152
    3  mi  |  593  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Whittier Swain Co East Elementary School
    4747 Ela Rd
    Whittier , NC , 28789
    (828)488-0939
    6.2  mi  |  426  students  |  Gr.  KG-5

School Reviews

  • Recommended January 19, 2012 - 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
  • Recommended May 16, 2011 - 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
  • Recommended May 03, 2011 - 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
  • Recommended January 25, 2011 - 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
  • Recommended December 13, 2010 - 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

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