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202.678.7735 Douglass Campus • 2600 Douglass Road SE • Washington, DC 20020

At Discover Academy, teachers and families work collaboratively nurture and guide our students’ creativity, knowledge and sense of self. We support the needs of the whole child by pairing strong instruction with social emotional learning. Our classrooms are productive and filled with outrageous love for little KIPPsters. KIPPsters at Discover Academy leave with the foundational academic skills and mindsets that are necessary for success in rigorous and joyful elementary schools. Upon completion of Kindergarten, Discover Academy students move onto KIPP DC Heights Academy.


  • Established

  • Grades Served

    PreK3- K
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"It's truly empowering to be surrounded by like-minded and talented individuals who believe Black and Brown students deserve a great education and the same qualities as others."

Sheila Lewis, Principal, KIPP DC Discover Academy

"I’m also teaching them how to be good people. I get so much joy out of seeing students’ master content, or parent’s celebrating their success. I honestly couldn’t see myself doing anything else."

Miata Smith-Bunai, Kindergarten Teacher, KIPP DC Discover Academy

"As parents, it’s important to be engaged throughout the entire educational journey and this is where it starts. It’s for my child, and it’s for my community. I want to ensure my child is developing well and I also want to create avenues for partnership between the school and my community."

Crystal Gray, KPO Lead Parent, KIPP DC Discover


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Discover Academy uses the Tools of the Mind curriculum to develop executive function, promote social-emotional learning, and grow early literacy and math skills for PreK3 and PreK4 students. In Kindergarten, we use Eureka (squared), Really Great Reading, and a structured literacy approach to prepare our students for success in Elementary school and beyond. 

Teachers and families partner to ensure each student’s individual needs are met—setting a strong foundation for their educational journey.

Play-based learning allows PreK3 and PreK4 students to express themselves, explore new concepts, and work together with their classmates. We build on this foundation in Kindergarten with effective, high-quality, and rigorous instruction that produces academic results and student growth.


Discover Academy hosts a number of events to engage families and the community. Past events have included: Washington Ballet dance classes, Soccer, Basketball, Gentlemen’s Club, Jazz Bops, Tiny Chefs, Spirit Days, Family Dance Nights, and more.

We partner with the YMCA for before and aftercare.

Awards & Recognition

2019: Discover Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

2018: Discover Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

2017: Discover Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.