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​​North Dayton School of Discovery is a free public charter school serving kindergarten through 8th grade. Our exceptional education means seats are filling fast, so apply today​!

Why North Dayton School of Discovery?

Founded on academic excellence, moral focus, parental partnership, and student responsibility, North Dayton School of Discovery is a school like no other – one that can lead to a lifetime of success. We set high standards, make expectations clear, and provide a safe and emotionally secure learning environment. In addition, we focus on real-world skills, problem solving, and how to be a good citizen. Our exceptional teachers meet students at their ability level and challenge them to go beyond. Our students also draft a social contract that reinforces their commitment to their school, their teacher, and each other.

"I like the personalized attention that my child is receiving. There has been a team effort so to speak to help her achieve her academic and behavioral goals." - North Dayton School of Discovery Parent
Top Reasons Parents Send Their Children To Our School: *
1 School safety is a top priority.
2 Children receive individual attention and instruction.
3 The curriculum provides moral focus as well as academics.
* Based on actual 2013 surveys administered to parents of kids who were returning to North Dayton School of Discovery

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If you have a student in grades K-8, please bring your entire family out to join in the fun as two of the highest academically rated K-8 schools in Dayton, the North Dayton School of Discovery (NDSD) and Emerson Academy of Dayton join together to host a FREE Family Fun Ice Skating Party at the beautiful Downtown Ice Skating Rink in the MetroParks Riverscape on First Street. This is a special "National School Choice Week" Event where both schools are nationally recognized as "essential school options for children and families" and we will be providing beautiful FREE yellow scarves for all attendees, courtesy of National School Choice Week. From 6-8 p.m. on Sunday night we will be enjoying free hot chocolate by the fireplaces, great music, free ice skate rentals, and terrific interaction with the very exciting "PARKER THE PENGUIN". We hope you can join us and, while you do, you can learn more about these two great schools, which are two of the highest rated K-8 schools in the area according to the Ohio Department of Education. For more information on this community event, please call or e-mail our Student Recruitment Specialist (SRS) Jim Pierce any time at 219-3471 or Thank you very much for your interest in our National Heritage Academies in the Dayton area.


Bring the entire family to enjoy the annual NHA Night at Hara Arena for a professional hockey game between our Dayton Demonz and Berkshire, with the North Dayton School of Discovery's top choral group performing the National Anthem under the direction of NDSD Music Director Dr. Jordan. Families from North Dayton, Pathway and Emerson will be joining together for this great night of family fun.

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