“The mission of Jacquelyn Y. Kelley Discovery Charter School (JYK DCS) is to provide a kindergarten through eighth grade education to children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The mission of JYK DCS is to engage students in an educational plan that builds from a prior knowledge base, is connected to discoveries outside the classroom, and is supported by foundational values of personal and community responsibility. JYK DCS will prepare children for life by nurturing habits of thought and actions to last a lifetime..”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • March 31, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Mathematics stresses both procedural skills and conceptual understanding to ensure students are learning and applying the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels. The introduction at each grade level articulates a small number of critical mathematical areas that should be the focus for that grade.

English Language Arts
Developing literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening is a collaborative responsibility of all educators. Classroom learning experiences should enhance and expand the communication and critical thinking skills that allow students to develop resiliency and positive attitudes as they grow into effective readers, writers, communicators, and life-long learners.

History introduces western civilization from the early modern era to the present. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in modern western civilization. This course is designed for students who may take other upper-level history courses.
Geography is designed to build on students’ prior knowledge and skill sets in the application of geographic information and tools to understand complex relations between the physical environment and human existence. While focusing on each part of the world, students are able to recognize characteristics distinguishing regions in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Each regional study encompasses an in-depth study of the physical geography, culture, economy, government, and social dynamics defining the land and people.

Science is designed to allow students to explore the basic concepts of physical science. Students will be introduced to the history and nature of science. The course includes an introduction to the fundamental concepts of physics, chemistry, astronomy and earth science.

Course Offerings

ELA, Math, History/Geography, Science, Music, Media Arts, Physical/Health Education, Character Development and Language Lab

Extracurricular Activities

Culinary, Photography, Dance, Drama, Art and Music


  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2018 | 2016  | 2015
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2018: Resolved | 2016: Resolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers. 
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.
    2016-2017 | 2015-2016


  • 2003

    Initial Charter

  • 2008

    Charter Renewed

  • 2013

    Charter Renewal Recommended

  • 2018

    Renewal Recommended