Discovery Elementary

Summary:

Discovery Elementary is a public elementary school located in Issaquah, Washington, serving grades PK-5 with a student population of 589. This exceptional school is part of the Issaquah School District, which is ranked 3rd out of 249 districts in Washington and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Discovery Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Washington, with students outperforming the state and district averages in SBAC/English Language Arts, SBAC/Math, and WCAS/Science assessments across all grade levels. In the 2022-2023 school year, 80.58% of all students were proficient or better in SBAC/English Language Arts, compared to 52.86% statewide and 78.66% in the Issaquah School District. In SBAC/Math, 87.3% of all students were proficient or better, compared to 41.04% statewide and 72.56% in the Issaquah School District. The school's diverse student population, with a significant Asian student population (58.57%), also performs exceptionally well, with the Asian student subgroup ranking 24th out of 170 Washington elementary schools.

Compared to nearby schools, such as Cascade Ridge Elementary, Challenger Elementary, and Cedar Trails Elementary, Discovery Elementary stands out with its consistently high academic performance and low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (4.92%), indicating a relatively high socioeconomic status of the student population. This combination of academic excellence, diversity, and socioeconomic factors makes Discovery Elementary an exceptional choice for families in the Issaquah area.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 2300 228th Ave SE
       Issaquah, WA  98075


(425) 837-4100

District: Issaquah School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
38th of 1,169 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,787 Help


Students who attend Discovery Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Pine Lake Middle School
High:    Skyline High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.1 Help
Number of students:  589

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
58.6%
White:
23.3%
Two or more races:
7.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  4.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Discovery Elementary ranks better than 96.7% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 7th among 16 ranked elementary schools in the Issaquah School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.95. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Asian (58.6%), White (23.3%), two or more races (7.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 4.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Discovery Elementary is 17.1. 13 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Discovery Elementary is $16,787. 14 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Discovery Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Discovery Elementary 38th of 1169 Washington public elementary schools. (See Discovery Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Issaquah School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Issaquah School District 3rd of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Discovery Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Discovery Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 94.42 22nd 1026 97.9%
2005 92.57 32nd 1031 96.9%
2006 92.24 36th 1051 96.6%
2007 91.04 54th 1069 94.9%
2008 92.07 39th 1067 96.3%
2009 92.66 34th 1072 96.8%
2010 92.64 35th 1088 96.8%
2011 93.56 24th 1092 97.8%
2012 91.48 44th 1097 96.0%
2013 89.38 58th 1106 94.8%
2015 96.45 16th 1067 98.5%
2016 96.39 14th 1053 98.7%
2017 96.84 11th 1056 99.0%
2018 96.73 17th 1054 98.4%
2019 97.34 8th 1130 99.3%
2021 98.94 8th 1107 99.3%
2022 97.28 23rd 1169 98.0%
2023 95.95 38th 1169 96.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Discovery Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.12 7th 212 96.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Discovery Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.29 3rd 1004 99.7%
2019 96.27 5th 1068 99.5%
2021 99.15 3rd 1008 99.7%
2022 96.72 21st 1100 98.1%
2023 95.47 32nd 1094 97.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Discovery Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.20 22nd 999 97.8%
2019 96.92 11th 1075 99.0%
2021 98.42 8th 1025 99.2%
2022 97.01 17th 1113 98.5%
2023 96.12 25th 1099 97.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Discovery Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.72 9th 169 94.7%
2019 91.97 3rd 201 98.5%
2021 87.89 10th 131 92.4%
2022 86.74 16th 187 91.4%
2023 86.98 24th 170 85.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Discovery Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.75 5th 540 99.1%
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Rank History for White students at Discovery Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.80 45th 833 94.6%
2019 90.49 41st 1027 96.0%
2021 95.88 16th 943 98.3%
2022 93.14 24th 1031 97.7%
2023 85.21 121st 1011 88.0%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Discovery Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Discovery Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1992 477 2 19 3 1 n/a n/a 0 502
1993 588 6 35 2 2 n/a n/a 0 633
1994 644 2 35 2 1 n/a n/a 0 684
1995 711 3 34 8 5 n/a n/a 0 761
1996 711 3 34 8 5 n/a n/a 0 761
1997 602 4 23 5 6 n/a n/a 0 640
1998 640 7 31 6 6 n/a n/a 0 690
1999 653 5 44 9 6 n/a n/a 0 717
2000 639 3 39 5 5 n/a n/a 0 691
2001 659 4 61 11 5 n/a n/a 0 740
2002 483 0 103 11 2 n/a n/a 0 599
2003 483 0 103 11 2 n/a n/a 0 599
2004 514 3 130 25 3 n/a n/a 0 675
2005 503 6 152 37 4 n/a n/a 0 702
2006 517 9 174 29 1 n/a n/a 0 730
2007 416 9 160 26 1 n/a n/a 1 613
2008 385 11 176 25 1 n/a n/a 3 601
2009 375 12 220 23 1 n/a n/a 3 634
2010 368 15 230 29 1 n/a n/a 4 647
2011 284 10 279 29 1 1 7 0 611
2012 269 9 274 28 1 2 16 0 599
2013 283 8 258 32 0 3 23 0 607
2014 263 5 262 35 0 2 34 0 601
2015 227 4 278 38 0 1 34 0 582
2016 219 2 274 38 0 0 31 0 564
2017 206 6 295 41 0 0 38 0 586
2018 197 4 354 40 0 0 55 0 650
2019 208 5 373 39 0 0 61 0 686
2020 199 14 388 51 0 0 56 0 708
2021 154 15 384 43 0 0 53 0 649
2022 153 16 345 35 1 0 43 0 593
2023 137 20 345 42 2 0 43 0 589

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Discovery Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 502 24.7 20.3 n/a
1993 633 29.2 21.7 n/a
1994 684 31.4 21.8 n/a
1995 761 33.3 22.9 n/a
1996 761 33.3 22.9 n/a
1997 640 30.4 21.1 n/a
1998 690 33.8 20.4 n/a
1999 717 35.0 20.5 n/a
2000 691 35.4 19.5 n/a
2001 740 34.7 21.3 n/a
2002 599 32.7 18.3 1.8
2003 599 32.7 18.3 1.8
2004 675 34.0 19.9 1
2005 702 34.1 20.6 1.7
2006 730 36.1 20.2 1.5
2007 613 31.8 19.3 2.5
2008 601 31.8 18.9 2.7
2009 634 31.8 19.9 1.9
2010 647 34.0 19.0 2.6
2011 611 31.7 19.2 1.6
2012 599 31.0 19.3 1.2
2013 607 31.5 19.2 2.5
2014 601 n/a n/a 1.8
2015 582 38.0 15.3 1.5
2016 564 32.0 17.6 1.4
2017 586 31.4 18.6 0.9
2018 650 34.6 18.7 0.9
2019 686 37.5 18.2 1.7
2020 708 40.6 17.4 2.7
2021 649 37.1 17.4 1.7
2022 593 34.8 17.0 2.9
2023 589 34.3 17.1 4.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Discovery Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 502 24.7 20.3 n/a
1993 633 29.2 21.7 n/a
1994 684 31.4 21.8 n/a
1995 761 33.3 22.9 n/a
1996 761 33.3 22.9 n/a
1997 640 30.4 21.1 n/a
1998 690 33.8 20.4 n/a
1999 717 35.0 20.5 n/a
2000 691 35.4 19.5 n/a
2001 740 34.7 21.3 n/a
2002 599 32.7 18.3 1.8
2003 599 32.7 18.3 1.8
2004 675 34.0 19.9 1
2005 702 34.1 20.6 1.7
2006 730 36.1 20.2 1.5
2007 613 31.8 19.3 2.5
2008 601 31.8 18.9 2.7
2009 634 31.8 19.9 1.9
2010 647 34.0 19.0 2.6
2011 611 31.7 19.2 1.6
2012 599 31.0 19.3 1.2
2013 607 31.5 19.2 2.5
2014 601 n/a n/a 1.8
2015 582 38.0 15.3 1.5
2016 564 32.0 17.6 1.4
2017 586 31.4 18.6 0.9
2018 650 34.6 18.7 0.9
2019 686 37.5 18.2 1.7
2020 708 40.6 17.4 2.7
2021 649 37.1 17.4 1.7
2022 593 34.8 17.0 2.9
2023 589 34.3 17.1 4.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Discovery Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201698.8%0.0%0.0%0.0%98.8%98.8%98.8%98.8%98.8%98.8%
201797.7%0.0%0.0%1.2%1.2%98.8%98.8%97.7%98.8%98.8%98.8%
201897.9%0.0%1.1%0.0%1.1%100.0%100.0%98.9%98.9%97.9%100.0%
201992.5%0.0%0.0%1.3%3.8%96.3%98.8%93.8%96.3%97.5%98.8%
202095.8%1.1%0.0%2.1%2.1%99.0%97.9%97.9%95.8%97.9%100.0%100.0%100.0%97.9%
2021100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
202295.6%1.5%0.0%0.0%0.0%98.5%98.5%98.5%97.1%98.5%98.5%98.5%98.5%98.5%
202394.9%1.3%1.3%2.6%0.0%94.9%97.4%98.7%97.4%97.4%97.4%97.4%97.4%97.4%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

Discovery Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201996.2%0.2%0.5%1.9%98.4%98.8%98.1%98.4%98.3%98.9%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Discovery Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,840 (13.4%) $11,898 (86.6%) $13,738
2020 $155 (18.0%) $704 (82.0%) $859
2021 $485 (3.1%) $15,379 (96.9%) $15,864
2022 $1,190 (7.1%) $15,597 (92.9%) $16,787

Data source: Washington Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Discovery Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 8th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 38th of 1169 Elementary schools
 2.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Discovery Elementary)85.682
 3.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)75.876.6
 0.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.348.9
 7.4%
3rd Grade Math (Discovery Elementary)93.391.9
 1.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Issaquah School District)81.679.7
 1.9%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Discovery Elementary)8878.6
 9.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)78.378
 0.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.750.1
 7.6%
4th Grade Math (Discovery Elementary)88.184.3
 3.8%
   4th Grade Math (Issaquah School District)78.679.3
 0.8%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)54.949.4
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Discovery Elementary)97.281
 16.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)82.782.1
 0.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)61.353.8
 7.6%
5th Grade Math (Discovery Elementary)88.885.3
 3.5%
   5th Grade Math (Issaquah School District)76.777.1
 0.4%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Discovery Elementary)94.481.2
 13.2%
   5th Grade Science (Issaquah School District)78.380.5
 2.1%
   5th Grade Science (Washington)54.152.3
 1.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Discovery Elementary)90.280.6
 9.7%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)81.378.7
 2.6%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Discovery Elementary)9087.3
 2.7%
   All Grades Math (Issaquah School District)77.272.6
 4.7%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Discovery Elementary)94.481.2
 13.2%
   All Grades Science (Issaquah School District)79.577.8
 1.7%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students686589
 14.1%
African American520
 300%
American Indian02
Asian373345
 7.5%
Hispanic3942
 7.7%
Pacific Islander00
White208137
 34.1%
Two or More Races6143
 29.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients1.7%4.9%
 3.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Discovery Elementary

Students at Discovery Elementary are 59% Asian, 23% White, 7% Two or more races, 7% Hispanic, 3% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 589 students attended Discovery Elementary.

Students who attend Discovery Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Pine Lake Middle School
High : Skyline High School

Yes! Discovery Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 38th of 1169 Washington elementary schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction.

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