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Our Mission, Values, and Definition of Discovery

Our mission is to empower students to become confident learners who demonstrate strength in character. We foster pride in self and community while developing strong academic skills through discovery-based learning. By cultivating curiosity and inquiry skills in a collaborative environment, the Academy readies students to enter and excel in competitive middle and high schools, colleges, and careers.

Discovery is the process by which curiosity leads us to inquire, to search for answers, to test out our ideas and to collaborate with others to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. 

When we discover, we wonder, ask questions, make observations, pull things apart and put them back together to learn something new.

 We believe that discovery unfolds through the balance of process and product.  When we travel the roads of discovery we must keep our destination in mind but allow for detours along the way.

The educators of the NYC Academy for Discovery, PS 306 Q, are dedicated professionals who are caring, creative, and enthusiastic. We believe every student can be successful. This is shown through collaboration, high expectations, and respect for all.

Our Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP)

By June, 2015:

·         All students in grades K-5 will show improvement in their behavior as they work towards our PBIS (PACK and Cloud 9) values.  This improvement will be measured by a 5% decrease in student behavior incidents on OORS.
·         We will have redeveloped our school-wide procedures for intervention to align with NYS guidelines for RtI, Tier II, and Tier III services.  This redevelopment will be measured by the completion of at least 4 cycles of Academic Intervention Services by June of 2015.
·         100% of teachers will have implemented ELA instruction that includes all components of Balanced Literacy (reading workshop, writing workshop, guided reading, word work, read aloud, shared reading, and shared writing).  Evidence of balanced literacy will be shown in flows of the day, class activities, and class projects.
·         Students will have experienced a 50% increase in student centered instruction as measured and evidenced by Danielson Component 3B Questioning and Discussion and 3C Engaging Students in Instruction during formal and informal observations.

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