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. We have wonderful success stories!

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 26 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,000
  • Acceptance rate: 94%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mainstreamed and given lots of help.
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
26 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
The Discovery Center School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
2 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
5 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
English, Math, Physics, U. S. History, World History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Average Percentile SSAT
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Practical and appropriate

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Affordable: 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.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
$1200 per month or $350 per week.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jan Taylor
Admissions Associate
Jan Taylor


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
3 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Board Games Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Sports House

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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Discovery Center School cost?

The Discovery Center School's tuition is approximately $12,000 for private students and $1,200 for summer students.

What is the acceptance rate of The Discovery Center School?

The acceptance rate of The Discovery Center School is 94%, which is higher than the national average of 84%.

Does The Discovery Center School offer a summer program?

Yes, The Discovery Center School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does The Discovery Center School offer?

The Discovery Center School offers 6 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Basketball, Martial Arts, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.

When is the application deadline for The Discovery Center School?

The application deadline for The Discovery Center School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
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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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.
- Posted by
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!
- Posted by
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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 26 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,000
  • Acceptance rate: 94%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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