Mountain Discovery

  • Mountain Discovery serves 186 students in grades Kindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 60-64% (which is higher than the North Carolina state average of 47%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 70-74% (which is higher than the North Carolina state average of 46%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the North Carolina state level of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority American Indian), which is lower than the North Carolina state average of 51%.

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School Overview

  • Mountain Discovery's student population of 186 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 13 teachers has grown by 8% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Total Students186 students
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Total Classroom Teachers13 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Mountain Discovery's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Mountain Discovery is 0.31, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.46. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (NC)
Overall School Rank#281 out of 2,538 schools
(Top 20%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)60-64%
47%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)70-74%
46%
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Student : Teacher Ratio14:116:1
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American Indian
7%
1%
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Asian
1%
3%
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Hispanic
2%
17%
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Black
1%
26%
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White
83%
49%
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Two or more races
6%
4%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Mountain Discovery.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in NC.
Diversity Score0.310.46
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Eligible for Free Lunch
22%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
21%
4%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Mountain Discovery and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in North Carolina by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameMountain Discovery Charter School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, NC Dept. of Education

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  2.71 out of 5  (7 reviews)
4  
What a sweet, small school. I feel so comfortable sending my child to MDSC. Teachers set up individualized programs for kids in math and reading. Kids are encouraged to be kids while being held accountable for their actions. My child is always going on great field trips, including a camping trip. I wish there was a school counselor to assist the behavior specialist and director. They have a good music and art program, although I wish they were full time and my child had more of both. They don't have a gym, but they do the best they can with what they have. The best thing is knowing that my child is safe and happy there.
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5  
I love this school. The middle school set up is hands down the best around.
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2  
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.
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2  
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.
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2  
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.
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2  
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
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2  
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.
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