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Discovery HS School Profile

Discovery High School was created through a partnership grant with the North Carolina New Schools Project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Newton-Conover City Schools.  The initial grant continued 5 years.  Discovery is now completely funded by Newton-Conover City Schools.  The Newton-Conover School Board sees the school as an institution of choice for public high school students and their parents from across Catawba County.  Founded in 2005, as Newton-Conover Health Science High School,  DHS is a “redesign high school” following a problem based learning design.  We may be best described as an academic magnet school, focusing on rigor, relevance and relationships.  Our mission is that every student will be college ready. Discovery High School is a one to one technology school.


Discovery High School enrolls 234 students.  Admission is competitive through application, essay and interview.  Accreditation: North Carolina Public Schools, August 2016. Discovery (NCHSHS) was the recipient of the 2009 Innovator award by the New Schools Project and is a feature school of ASCD. For the 2015-2016 school year, DHS was designated a P21 Exemplar School. Discovery High School received a performance letter grade of “A” from N.C. Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year, a designation only 86 out of 2,459 schools received. In 2016 a DHS student was named a Park Scholar, and several DHS students have received perfect SAT and ACT scores. Our academic program is organized on a modified block course schedule.  Seven credits per year is the normal student course load.


Grading Scale

A 90-100 4 Please contact the school regarding course weights for GPA purposes.
B 80-89 3
C 70-79 2
D 60-69 1
F Failing Grade 0


Class of 2016 Statistics: 60% attended a 4-year college, 30% attended a 2-year college, 9% joined military


Colleges Discovery Have Attended Last Four Years


Appalachian State University

Clemson University

High Point University

University North Carolina Greensboro

University North Carolina Pembroke

Lenoir Rhyne University

East Carolina University

Methodist University

Wake Forest University

East Tennessee State University

North Carolina Central University

Warren Wilson College

Gardner Webb University

North Carolina State University

Western Carolina University

Georgetown University

University North Carolina Asheville

University North Carolina Charlotte

Georgia Institute of Technology

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill