Discovery High School

355 Plainfield St - Springfield MA - 01107
Type of autonomy arrangement: Empower Schools partnership model
Basic Profile

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Determine learning program
Set school-level policy
Determine professional development
Determine authorizer assessments
Determine state assessments


Select colleagues
Evaluate colleagues
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine tenure policy
Select leaders


Determine school budget
Set staff pattern
Determine compensation
Determine teacher workday
Set schedule
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure and De Facto

About the Learning Program

Through its distinct wall-to-wall early college model, Discovery provides students the opportunity to live out their college, career, and wage potential in the region.

In partnership with Worcester State University, Quinsigamond Community College, Holyoke Community College, and Westfield State University, students can earn at least three-to-six college credits per semester, beginning in their freshman year — and they can choose to defer graduation for a fifth year to complete a fully funded associate degree along with their high school diploma.

DHS maximizes career and wage opportunities through its “pathways” model, in which students specialize their learning in one of several technology-centered areas, including computer science, IT, engineering, and digital media. In its rigorous, engaging, hands-on environment — with industry-grade technology in a dedicated makerspace — Discovery has particular success in supporting emerging bilinguals through the universal languages of coding, tinkering, and designing.