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Application Deadline - Friday, January 6, 2023

Thank you for your interest in Discovery School!  Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the application process.   After your completed application is processed, you will receive a confirmation email from  Within a few weeks of that email, you will receive another email with your child’s testing date and time.  Please add us to your address book to ensure that our emails are delivered to your mailbox and not your spam folder.   If you have not received a confirmation email within two weeks of submitting your application, please contact the school.

City residents will be tested and offered positions first.  If there are remaining positions available, county residents will be contacted for testing.


Applications may be completed online using the link below.  All information listed must be attached in order for the application to be considered complete.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.  If you would like to complete a paper application, please contact the office at 615-895-2123.  We are unable to accept applications via fax or email.

  • Picture of applicant.  We require a small picture of your child so that they are easily identifiable during testing and so that we may ensure we are testing the correct child.
  • Current proof of residency (electric/gas/water bill only).
  • Zone Verification – Instructions: visit fill in your address (on utility bill) and click “Go”.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (kindergarten only).  Student must be five by August 15, 2023.
  • Copy of current report card and benchmark testing (TNReady, TCAP, AIMS, or CASE) (grades 2 – 6).

We appreciate your interest in Discovery School and look forward to getting to know you and your child through this application process.  If we can be of assistance during the application process, please let us know.  We are happy to help!

Information and Tour - Thursday, November 17th 9:00 am,  Friday, December 9th 9:00 am, and  Monday, December 12th 6:00 pm.  Tours  are approximately one hour.

Testing - Testing will occur in January/February.  You will be contacted via email with a date/time after a completed application is received and processed.

Acceptance Letters - Letters will be mailed in the spring.  Results only given via mail, no calls, emails, etc.

Application Deadline - Friday, January 6, 2023

2023-24 Discovery Application

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Discovery School different from a traditional public school?

Discovery School is an academically accelerated school for high achieving and gifted children.

Is Discovery School a city or county school?  Do you accept applications from county residents?

Discovery School is a Murfreesboro City School.  As such, we accept city students first and if positions are available after that list has been exhausted, we will test and accept Rutherford County children.  Residency will be verified (business addresses are not accepted).

Is Discovery School a charter school?

Discovery School is Murfreesboro City Schools magnet campus; we are not a charter school.

What happens if my child is accepted as a city student and we move to the county?

You will be required to enroll in a county school.

How many positions are available?

We accept 60 kindergarten students.  Availability for 1st through 6th grades depends on the number of students that do not return for the next school year.  Often, we do not know of openings for upper grades until close to the beginning of the school year.  We fill positions through the end of September.

Please tell me about the application process.

Applications are available on our website,, the Discovery school office and the MCS Central Office.  The documents required for each grade level are listed on the application.  We do require a small picture of your child so that they are easily identifiable during testing and so that we may ensure we are testing the correct child.  Applications are due Friday, January 6th.  Testing occurs during the months of January and February.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email.  We do not process incomplete applications – please be sure all required information is included with the application.  Testing dates and times will be sent via email beginning the week of January 9th.  You will also receive a reminder email the day before your scheduled test.  Be sure to check your spam folder also.  All communication regarding testing is done via email.  If you have not received an email by January 13th, please be contact us.

When testing has been completed, students will be ranked and accepted according to test scores and positions available.  You will receive a letter in the spring stating if your child has been accepted, placed on the wait list (with their position), or if they did not qualify for admittance.  Information is only provided via mail; no information is given over the telephone, fax, etc.

I did not turn in my completed application by January 6th, will it be accepted?

We do accept late applications, but they will not be processed unless we do not have enough children qualify that turned in their application by the deadline.

What is the testing process?

Kindergarten and 1st grade testing will be completed in a small group setting.  The test directions will be orally read and students will be guided through the testing process.  Testing will take approximately one hour.

Second through 6th grade will be tested in a larger group (socially distanced).  They will wear earbuds and listen to prompts and complete their test on a computer.  Testing will take approximately one hour.

What if my child is sick the day they are scheduled for testing?

If your child is sick the day of their testing, please contact the school and we will reschedule.

May I get a copy of my child’s scores?

Since we test a large number of children, we are unable to provide individual test scores.

What is your sibling policy?

If the sibling of a currently enrolled Discovery School student qualifies for admission through our testing process, they will be given priority on acceptance or the waitlist based on ranking tier depending on availability of positions in the grade level.  The city student/county student policy listed above does apply.

May my child repeat a grade at Discovery School?

No, we do not allow students to repeat grades, they will need to go to their zoned school in order to repeat a grade.  If your child has attended kindergarten, they must apply for 1st grade.

Do you offer tours?

We are offering three tours - Thursday, November 17th at 9:00 am, Friday, December 9th at 9:00 am, and Monday, December 2nd at 6:00 pm. Each tour will last approximately one hour.

Does my child have to retest each year?

Current students do not need to retest each year.  Students may be required to return to their zoned school if academic, attendance, punctuality and behavior standards are not maintained.

Children that were placed on the wait list and did not gain entrance or did not meet the requirements, will need to retest for the following year.

Do you offer bus transportation?

As a choice school, we do not offer bus transportation.  We offer an Extended Stay Program (ESP) that provides care and enrichment classes before school from 6:00-7:30 a.m. and after school from 2:45-6:00 p.m.