My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Discovery Time School, Bedford, PA, USA
Sadly, "Bedford Mom" is misinformed. A "Charter School" is a taxpayer supported Public School. Discovery Time School has ever and always will be a non-profit private academic school. The Board's mission is to run a fiscally responsible, high quality institution that is committed to expanding its programs so that students of all ages have the opportunity to have an education where deep learning and joyful community are central to the school. It is unfortunate that many fear change and view it as a "tarnishing" of the past. We disagree. The change that is happening is proof of the solid foundation and methodology that the school was built on. It is run by volunteers who donate all of their time and talents to this goal. But, you don't have to believe me. Come and visit. Talk to our "little primary school students," and see if they think ours is a wasted effort. For all the energy some people put toward maligning honest and noble intentions, they would do better service to help out our hardworking staff and wonderful volunteers. Our most expensive programs (which would enable any child to attend from 6:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday) cost $2.75 per hour. You can't even get a high school babysitter for that price. We are working on secure funding strategies to make it possible for any child to be able to attend regardless of their families income. Of course, these things take time--especially in a recession. But, we have faith in our mission. Reviews like "Bedford Mom's" are just going to be a part of our history. We welcome visitors any time. Go to www.discoverytime.net for more information, or call 814-623-2818 to schedule a tour.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My Discovery Time journey began in 1997. My daughter attended kindergarten here. We lived in Hopewell, and had to drive 45 minutes one way to bring her. Back then, DT only had half day Kindergarten, but it was absolutely worth it. After she graduated, she was ready for 3rd grade. Since DT didn't go beyond Kindergarten at the time, I ended up homeschooling her for most of her academic career. In 2009, I became DT's president, & I promised to give all kids a chance to have that excellent education.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Have more help spreading the truth about what and who we are so that the community would realize that we are growing. What our critic also left out is that we also added a top notch toddler program as well. We are growing in both directions--serving our youngest students and our older elementary students.
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What is this organization's top short-term priority?
To continue to grow a quality, joyful academic program.
What is its top priority in the long run?
To offer an income contingent tuition scale that would enable families from any economic background to be able to attend.