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Discovery students posing outside the school.

Discovery School is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the application process.

Applications are available on our website; or printed copies can be obtained at the Discovery School office and the MCS Central Office.  The documents required for each grade level are listed on the application.  Applications are due January 7th and testing occurs during the months of January and February.

Two tours of Discovery School will be offered on Thursday, December 2nd.  The first tour will be at 9:00 a.m. and is limited to 40 people.  Please call the school to register.  The second tour will be at 6:00 p.m. and there is not an attendance limit.  Each tour is one hour.

Applications will be accepted for students in all grade levels. Students must be five years of age by August 15, 2022 to apply to Kindergarten.

Discovery School, founded in 2005, was created to serve high achieving students in Murfreesboro. Discovery was named a Tennessee Reward School and a Tennessee Designated STEM School in 2019. The Tennessee State Board of Education also recognized Discovery School in 2018 as a National Blue-Ribbon School.

Download the 2022-23 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. (You may not use your business address.)

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, DiscoverySchoolExplorers.net, 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 January 7th.  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 10th.  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 14th, 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 7th, 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?

We have modified our testing process to better meet the needs of children while maintaining authenticity in our efforts to identify the highest achieving students.  The length of the process is the only change, and it will no longer require more than one session.  Testing will take approximately one hour.

Kindergarten and 1st grade testing will be completed in a small group of 10 children (socially distanced).  The test will be read to them and they will circle their answer in a paper booklet.

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.

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 Discovery School student qualifies for admission through our testing process, they will be given priority on acceptance or the waitlist 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 two tours on Thursday, December 2nd.  The first tour will be at 9:00 a.m. and is limited to 40 people.  Please call the school to register.  The second tour will be at 6:00 p.m. and is there is not an attendance limit.  Each tour is 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.