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Dr. John Ochsner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

1108 Shrewsbury Road
Jefferson, LA 70121



School Level
Elementary & Middle

Pre-K 4 through 6th grade (expanding to 8th grade by 2023)

School Website

Discovery Schools began serving families of Jefferson Parish in 2013. Originally an idea held by a small group of Jefferson Parish residents to reform public education, Discovery has since grown into a successful and high demand charter school network with two schools, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy (KDHSA) and Dr. John Ochnser Discovery Health Sciences Academy (DJOD).

In partnership with Ochsner, the mission of DJOD is to provide a rigorous learning environment where students achieve academically, develop intellectual curiosity, and practice environmental responsibility while exploring health and science topics and careers. We believe education is a joint effort and commitment from teachers, students, and parents. To learn more about our culture and vision to "home grow" future healthcare professionals and healthy citizens for our community, please visit our website.

Discovery Pre-Kindergarten curriculum is developed using the latest research in child development and creates teaching strategies to meet students’ individual needs. Assessments are used to monitor progress and create intervention strategies when needed. Health and sciences are integrated throughout the curriculum, providing the groundwork for life-long learners and design thinking investigations. Our amazing teachers accomplish this through the use of 21st century educational technology, hands-on learning, inquiry based learning, and problem solving through synthesis and evaluation. Each classroom has a certified teacher and a co-teacher with 20 students per class.

Free/Reduced Price Lunch Available
Free/reduced price lunch is available for students who meet the Free/Reduced Price Lunch criteria.

Uniform Required
Uniforms are specific to Dr. John Ochsner Discovery Health Sciences Academy and can be purchased through Schiro’s School Time Uniforms. The Pre-K uniform is the same as the Kindergarten uniform.

Special Education Supports
Special Education supports are in place to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Additional Information
Seats in JPPSS Pre-K classrooms awarded via the lottery are pending final funding from the Louisiana Legislature and budgetary approval from the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).