Discovery Tree School, Inc. was established in 1979 with the opening of the first center in Fair Oaks, California.


In 1987, due to increasing popularity and a lengthy waiting list, a second site was opened in Citrus Heights, California.  In 1995 another site opened in downtown Sacramento on ‘H’ Street, with additional downtown sites opening;  ‘N’ Street in 1999-2015, ‘I’ and ‘P’ Street in 2001 and our ‘Q’ St/McClatchy campus in 2002. 4th Street opened in 2006-2015.


Three partners originally comprised the corporation.  Over the years, all other partners were bought out by Alix Hall, who remains as the sole stockholder and Executive Director.  Since opening in 1979, Ms. Halls' commitment to families and children, has been reflected in DISCOVERY TREES progressive approach to Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Hall holds Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Studies in Child Development, College Instructional Credentials, and is an Early Childhood Educational Consultant, In addition, Ms. Hall has served on the Sacramento County Local Child Development Planning Council for the past sixteen (16) years. Each site employs a full-time Director to manage the day to day operations, the Resource Coordinator, Research, Development & Training Coordinator (RD&T) and  the Executive Director are directly involved daily, dividing their time between the centers.


The DISCOVERY TREE program and philosophy is unique to the Sacramento area, offering parents an alternative to more traditional pre-school/childcare programs. This alternative "developmental" program has been well received by the community, as an open learning center environment.  DISCOVERY TREE programs value the fact that all families and children are not the same and does not espouse regimented, highly structured activities.  At DISCOVERY TREE, each child is viewed as an individual with their own developmental needs.  All areas of development are nurtured: social, emotional, physical and cognitive.  The program and curriculum utilizes mixed age or `family' groupings, focusing on ability rather than chronological age.


The DISCOVERY TREE environment is child-centered, offering hands-on activities, art projects, manipulatives, child-sized tools and equipment at the child's level.  Children's art is valued as open-ended experiences and is displayed where they can enjoy it.  DISCOVERY TREE SCHOOLS  provides engaging environments in which children can recognize and fulfill their potential to become thinking, caring, productive and responsible individuals in our changing world. 


DISCOVERY TREE strives to provide experiences and environments that say, "Touch, Explore and Discover!"   


Discovery Tree Schools was voted ‘ Best in Education’ five years in a row from 2010-2015 in Citrus Heights.

DISCOVERY TREE SCHOOLS are active members of the following professional organizations:

  • Sacramento Better Business Bureau

  • Local Chambers of Commerce

  • Professional Association for Childhood Education (P.A.C.E.)

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.)

  • National Association for Child Care Professionals (NACCP)

  • Association for Early Learning Leaders (AELL)

  • World Forum Foundation (WFF)

  • California Association for the Education of Young Children (C.A.E.Y.C.)

  • Sacramento Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (S.V.A.E.Y.C.

  • Ca. Childcare Administrators Association (CCDAA)

  • The California Legislative Symposium on Child Care Issues

Discovery Tree Schools Executive Team

Alix Hall

Owner, CEO & Executive Director of Discovery Tree Schools

  • Masters Degree and Bachelors Degree in Child Development

  • 25+ years experience in the education field

  • 18 years involvement on the Sacramento County Planning Council

The best thing about working with children is their honesty and enthusiasm for learning. Every day is a new day and you never know what they’re going to say, how their little brain works and just the awesome honor to be able to watch and motivate this little person as they evolve

Rebecca Foster

Resource Coordinator

  • BA in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Child Development

  • 17 years of experience

The best thing about working with children is boredom is nonexistent. Children keeping you on your toes and always laughing.

Crystal Jennings

Research Development and Training Coordinator

  • 30 plus units in Early Childhood Education and working on completing my degree.

  • 15 years of experience


The best thing about working with children is knowing that I get to be a part of a community helping children grow into amazing little people.

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