Austin Discovery School is an innovative charter K-5 elementary school. A small, community-oriented school, ADS offers low student-to-teacher ratios, authentic portfolio assessment instead of grades, and a project-based curriculum that exceeds state requirements. ADS features hands-on math and science, emphasis on fine arts and an organic junior master gardener program. Our fresh approach to education emphasizes social responsibility, good health and environmental stewardship while pursuing a rigorous academic program. There is a natural harmony when we come to appreciate and respect others, ourselves and the environment we live in. By focusing on the whole child, ADS benefits our whole society.