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Discovery Charter School Reopens

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Rochester: Discovery Charter School Reopens
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Some students are already back to school to start the new year and in a new location.

Discovery Charter School, a school that serves mostly Rochester City School children, has moved to Greece.

Discovery is an elementary public school grades kindergarten through fourth grade. It opened in August 2011 and was previously located at the Bishop Kearney High School building in Irondequoit.

Monday, teachers and staff welcomed students to their new school located on Hoover Drive in Greece. Some 220 students, mostly from Rochester, attend Discovery Charter School.

The school year and school day is longer than most other schools. Discovery students attend 200 days of school from 7:30 to 3:30 with an after-school program available until 5:00.

Its mission is focused on real skills for the real world. Discovery Charter School director, Joseph Saia, spoke about the ideas behind the inception of the school.

"Discovery decided what are we going to do different things to support kids to meet the rigors of a complex curriculum and changing world... Our extended school day and our extended school year are one of the ways we do that," Saia said.

All children are eligible for enrollment at Discovery Charter, but students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs are given admission preference.

About 95 percent of the students enrolled live in poverty.

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