Discovery Schools has three beautiful locations, each sharing the same play-based philosophy, natural environment, and commitment to compassionate discipline!
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Children’s Discovery Center (Central) is located at 4112 Duval St,Austin TX 78751, in the historical Hyde Park neighborhood and just blocks from the University of Texas. Situated on the corner of 42nd St. and Duval in a large Victorian house, children play in home-like, naturally lit classrooms and outdoors on large pecan tree shaded playgrounds. CDC Central enrolls children and infants aged 6 weeks and up to 3 1/2 – 4 years. After our 3 year old classroom, children move up to the Explorer class, which is our northwest location, Discovery School. We offer bus service to and from Discovery School each day. Tours are offered on a walk-in basis, Mon – Fri, before 12:30pm or from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. No tours are given at Duval after 5:00pm, due to our bus arrival schedule.
Hours of operation: 7:30am – 6:00pm.
Director: Rosalind Schneider
Discovery School (Northwest) is located at 8600-3 White Cliff Drive, Austin TX 78750, on six wooded acres bordering the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (hundreds of acres of never-to-be developed bird sanctuary!) Children have access to pristine hiking trails, spring fed creeks, gardening, and a nature-friendly curriculum. Also know as the”Explorers,” DS Northwest serves as the 3 1/2 – 5 year old class from CDC Central and occasionally has limited summer camp enrollment for school aged children. Tours are offered on a walk-in basis before 12:30pm or after 2:30pm.
Hours of Operation: 8:00am – 4:00pm (after care available until 6:00pm with bus service to CDC Central).
Director: Dustin Withers
Children’s Discovery Center (South) is located at 3515 Convict Hill, Austin TX 78749, near Ben White (Hwy 290/71) on a large, beautiful, oak-shaded lot. The newest location, CDC South, offers a home-like setting in large, naturally lit classrooms, large shaded outdoor play areas, greenbelt access for hiking and a pool for pre-K and school age campers. This location enrolls children and infants aged 6 weeks and up to 5 years. CDC South also offers school age after-care programs during the school year, school age Spring Break Camp and school age Summer Camp. The summer camp program includes hiking, swimming, gardening, pottery and more! Tours are offered on a walk-in basis, Mon-Fri, before 12:30 or after 3:30pm.
Hours of Operation: 7:30am – 6:00pm.
Director: Lynne Kirby
Discovery School Northwest will have very limited school age summer camp this year.
For information regarding enrollment or camp registration at any location please contact us!
About Our Schools:
We create a learning environment at our school that fosters independence, divergent thinking, creativity, and a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. We believe that learning happens when it is meaningful for each child. Learning must occur in a natural way so that it is seen as play and not memorization, worksheets and meaningless drills. Our play based curriculum allows children the freedom to grow in their own unique way. We use many natural or open ended materials and spend much of our day outside.
In Our Classrooms:
- Open ended materials such as recycled items, items from nature, fabrics, real items from home, in addition to more traditional toys. We don’t want the manufacturer of toys to influence and dictate the use of specific materials.
- Various art media such as markers, crayons, chalk, charcoals, pastels, pencils, watercolor and tempera paints, clay, wood, and different sizes and textures of paper. We never use models, but view art as the unique expression of each child.
- Friendly, engaged and warm teachers, who are well trained in compassionate discipline methods and developmentally appropriate practice for children.