Discovery Village Academy | Discovery School of Wayne | Discovery School of St. Cloud

The Vision Statement of Our Preschools

Discovery Schools actively develops and fosters those experiences and resources that:

Discover the talents and strengths of each child for their daily benefit, full emotional development and life-long use.
Teach teachers, children and parents how to unleash their full potential.
Inspire teachers, children and parents to help others develop their talents and strengths.
Engage teachers, children and parents to have their full commitment in their academic pursuits,
Emphasize that development of Hope, Engagement and Well-Being are the primary drivers of life success and happiness.
Champion the role of parents and family in developing the full potential of each child

The Mission Statement of Our Preschools

Each Discovery School develops talented, engaged leaders who recognize and can achieve their full potential while actively leading others to their full potential, one child at a time.

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Our Philosophy

Our underlying Education Philosophy is based on proven theories and practices. In the 1960’s, Dr. Donald O. Clifton found that the understanding and utilization of natural talents led to higher achievement. In the 1970’s, Dr. Stephen R. Covey taught several principles which developed character and leadership for individuals and organizations. In the 1990’s, Dr. Daniel J. Goleman realized the value of developing the emotional aspect of each individual.

The School’s focus on students’ talent, character, leadership and emotional development directs the pursuit of experiences and programs which foster engaged, confident and well-adjusted children in safe settings. Our Campus is intended to serve as a retreat for children to have developmental Academic, Active, and Nature Play experiences. The Active Play and Nature Play oriented educational opportunities for students include child development, cognitive learning and nature/science discovery.

Our Teachers

Can you recall the name, the appearance and even the personality of some of your early childhood schoolteachers? If you answered yes, you are typical because they leave a lasting impression on most people.

What made them memorable to us? The best teachers seem to thoroughly enjoy their work and tend and to have certain natural abilities or talents that lend themselves to the teaching profession.teacher

At our Discovery Schools, we hire teachers who love children. Our teachers are actively engaged in helping each child reach his or her full potential. We not only help your child learn basic and fundamental skills to prepare them for kindergarten, but we also focus on your child’s talents and abilities to lead even at this tender, young age!

Gallup (famous for their polls) has spent many years and has done extensive research to determine what qualities a great teacher must have to produce successful students. They have concluded that for students to achieve meaningful, lasting success in the classroom and beyond, they must be emotionally engaged in the educational experience. This means teachers must focus on students’ hope, engagement, and well-being — the predictors Gallup has discovered matter the most.

We are aware of the latest educational theories but our goals and decisions always focus on the student’s experiences and outcomes. The Primary goal is to prepare each child to thrive in the first years of elementary school academically and socially. The habits and perspectives that a child learns in the early years have a great impact on how they will perform and act throughout their life. A feeling of self worth and confidence prepare them to take on the uncertainty and challenges which all will face as they mature.

The process begins by:

  • Hiring And Developing Talented Teachers
  • Identifying The Strengths Of Each Individual Student
  • Creating Engaging Learning Environments For Each Child

These steps are critical to foster long-term student success in the classroom and in future endeavors and constitute the foundational building blocks at each of our Discovery Schools.

Leadership in Our Preschools

Each Discovery School incorporates “The Leader in Me” program as an introduction to personal leadership. We have found that even children as young as three, four and five can have the capacity to lead in their own lives and affect those around them by making positive choices.

“The Leader in Me” is based on Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Our preschool programs provide students with activities that will help them learn practical character and life skills that will lead to positive choices.

We help preschoolers start thinking about being proactive and thinking before reacting. We introduce terms like synergy, win-win, flexibility and self-confidence. With the 7 Habits, children will grow to be leaders who are effective, confident, and empathetic.

Discovery School’s Nature Program

Each week, on designated “Nature Day(s)”, we take your children outdoors (weather permitting) and we learn through nature. A nature story time and a nature project enable the children to learn through hands on experiences, exploration, curiosity and discovery. Children are given the opportunity to observe, appreciate, and interact with the natural world that surrounds them.

There’s a reason they call it the Great Outdoors:


Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.

Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.

Exposure to environment-based education significantly increases student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills.


Outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, an important strategy in helping the one in three American kids who are obese get fit.

Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.

Being “out there” improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness.


Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces.

Play protects children’s emotional development whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression.

Nature makes you nicer, enhancing social interactions, value for community and close relationships.

*Excerpted from the “Be Out There” NWF Pamphlet