SAN JOSE -- After seven months of applications and appeals, Discovery Charter School II won permission Wednesday to open an elementary and middle school in San Jose.
The Santa Clara County Board of Education voted 7-0 to grant Discovery's charter. Discovery's executive director and superintendent, Dale Jones, welcomed the vote, and said that despite the delay, he hopes the school will open in August. The administration is investigating several possible sites within the boundaries of the San Jose Unified School District.
After two years, Discovery II is expected to grow to include seventh and eighth grades as well.
Open enrollment for Discovery II will be from March 21 through May 2.
The school will operate on the same "whole child," parent-participation philosophy as Discovery Charter School I, which focuses on hands-on, problem-based learning. Lessons follow the passions and interests of students, Jones said, and most classes go on about 10 field trips each year. "It really is a community school driven by the parents," Jones said.
Discovery I has received 600 applications for 82 open slots in 2013-14. Jones said Discovery II, which plans to start with 420 students in grades kindergarten through six, will hold a lottery if demand exceeds the number of spaces available.
Discovery submitted its application for a second charter in August. In November, the county board of education turned down the request and suggested
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