The Discovery School – the only museum-based preschool in California – emphasizes inquiry and exploration through extended, STEM-rich projects inspired by children’s interests and questions. The school is aligned with the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s (BADM) research division, the Center for Childhood Creativity, which provides evidence-based expertise in children’s creativity development. The museum’s 7.5 acre site, educational programs, and surrounding national park beaches, batteries, and hiking trails provide an unparalleled location to learn and grow!
Students spend plenty of time outdoors exploring the beaches and habitats of Fort Baker, fostering a deep connection to the natural world. Additionally, we have regular 100% Outdoor Days. Our students have exclusive access to BADM’s exhibits and resources, including when the museum is closed to the public on Mondays. Thought provoking, intimate roundtable events hosted in collaboration with BADM’s in-house research hub, the Center for Childhood Creativity, provide opportunity for parents and teachers to come together to learn more about the latest research in early childhood education. There is an emphasis on building fellowship between The Discovery School families and within the larger BADM community.
As of fall 2016, The Discovery School is officially a laboratory school. As a laboratory school, or lab school, The Discovery School allows top university researchers to conduct studies on child development in a preschool setting. The lessons and research that will come out of our preschool will shape the national dialogue on how educators design experiences to set kids up for lifelong success.
In addition, as a lab school, The Discovery School teachers receive access to cutting edge research from the leading thinkers in cognitive development and early childhood education. This gives our teachers the opportunity to implement this innovative research immediately in the classroom.