Principal's Message

 Dr. Fernandez, Principal

Dear Discovery Families,

We are anticipating an increased number of students who will be changing their modality from LaunchEd to face-to-face in January.  In order to continue to offer a quality education for all our students and to adhere to CDC guidelines, teachers will have both LaunchEd and face-to-face students in every class period. Until now, the majority of core classes were either face-to-face or LaunchEd. To accommodate the increase in face-to-face students, we must make changes to student schedules. Thus, allowing us to balance all classrooms by having fewer face-to-face students in each classroom so that we can maintain social distancing protocols.  Therefore, there will be some changes in students’ schedules. These changes will impact the majority of our students. Our guidance team will be working on schedule changes starting on November 30th, which will continue through the week. We appreciate your understanding that we have to make these changes to continue to provide a safe learning environment to our Explorers!

As we begin our Thanksgiving Break, please remind your children to wear their masks when they are in public places, among friends, and to maintain social distance from their peers. We ask that everyone in our community adhere to guidance provided by the CDC in social settings. Our staff has worked tirelessly to remind students about social distancing protocols, to wear their masks at all times on campus, and to frequently wash their hands. Students will continue to demonstrate good habits and to be mindful of their safety and the safety of others when they practice these habits in their personal time as well as when they are at school. 

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  Have a safe and fun rest of the week. School resumes on Monday, November 30th.

Thank you, Explorer Families, for your continued support of Discovery Middle as we “Prevail in Excellence.”


Dr. Gloria E. Fernández

Updated 11/20/2020

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About Discovery Middle School

Celebrating more than 25 years of serving students and our community, Discovery Middle has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Recently recognized by the State of Florida as a "School of Excellence", Discovery Middle offers advanced courses for high school credit, a plethora of elective courses such as art, band, chorus, guitar, orchestra, foreign language, computer technology, STEM, and Latinos in Action.  Student artwork has been recognized in local museums and art shows and have won numerous art competitions. Our band, chorus, and orchestra students have received superior ratings from All-County and All-State competitions. We offer computer courses where students have the opportunity to earn both high school credit and Microsoft industry certification. Students who participate in STEM are often found working on engineering projects that prepare them with real-world skills such as problem-solving, collaboration and decision-making while utilizing principles learned in their math and science courses. Our Latinos in Action partner with our neighboring school, Waterford Elementary to tutor students in reading and math. Simply put, Discovery Middle is a school of excellence and innovation. 

Phone: 407-384-1555
Fax: Fax 407-384-1580
Address: 601 Woodbury Road, Orlando, FL 32828-7104
Email: [email protected]

Innovation School Plan

Discovery Middle is partnering with other stakeholders to integrate the arts into all content areas. According to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, arts integration is defined as, "an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both."


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