The Discovery Center School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
1442 Fulton Street, Upstairs
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415)724-7458
  • The Discovery Center School is a college preparatory, private school in San Francisco.
  • We are located on the second floor above a church (with no church affiliation).
  • DCS offers college preparatory instruction to grades kindergarten through high school graduation. If interested, please ask about our college level.
  • Remediation and tutoring are also available.  The school is friendly, safe, academic and affordable.
  • Regular field trips and activities are offered for academic and cultural enrichment -- and fun!.
  • Students receive individual attention.  Qualified, caring teachers prepare each student for success.
  • Our graduates continue on to the best schools, colleges, and universities.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedWe include well-behaved students with learning differences into our program on a regular basis.
Year Founded1970
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students27 students
Student Body Typen/a
Students by GradeThe Discovery Center School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses4 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesWorld History, Math, Physics, U. S. History, English
Average SAT score900
Average ACT score22
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Practical and appropriate)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,000
Tuition NotesAffordable: Sliding scale. Family rates. We make an effort to work within the family's budget. We offer the Rula L. Rasmusson Trust Fund scholarship to help pay tuition, if needed.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJan Taylor
Admissions AssociateJan Taylor


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Fencing, Figure Skating, Indoor Soccer, Martial Arts, Soccer, Tennis, VolleyballBadmintonBasketball,
FencingFigure Skating,
Indoor SoccerMartial Arts,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Coding Club, Homework Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Sports House Membership

School Notes

  • College Preparatory 
  • Affordable
  • Safe and Caring 
  • Individualized Instuction
  • Small class size
  • Help with homework
  • Extended care, 7:AM to 6:PM -- Please ask.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  5/17/2016
Hi, This small college preparatory independent private school is for kindergarten through twelfth grade. It's academic, fun and affordable. Graduates continue on to the best schools and universities. DCS has on-going enrollment. It cares for each student as an individual while keeping the goals and standards set high. (Entrance to the University of California is used to set the standard.) Help the school grow. Enroll now! Jan
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5  7/9/2013
My daughter has been taking private tutoring lessons at The Discovery Center School this summer and I hope to enroll her in the Fall for the 2013-2014 school year. I have been so impressed with the care and consideration given to my daughter who has struggled with math for years. Finally we have found a school that has teachers that can patiently take her from where she is to where she needs to be.
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5  8/20/2012
I have found so many conflicting reports about this school. It is a wonderful school and I have found the teachers and students to be exceptional. The programs are of the highest standards and the flexibility offers windows for imagination and creativity. I would recommend this school to everyone!
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5  8/20/2012
WOW can I tell you I have not been so excited to teach in a school for a long time! I love how this school is run and how much fun the kids have by both hands on and studies. Jan Taylor is a wonderful teach and I am priveledged to come on board!
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The average private school tuition in San Francisco, CA is $18,131 for elementary schools and $28,086 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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