FAQ

What is your typical student profile?

Most students come to us because they are struggling to meet their social and academic potential in a traditional classroom setting. Some of the most common labels that our students come to us with are:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Expressive language disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Non-verbal learning disability
  • Mild anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Receptive language disorder
  • Social (pragmatic) communication disorder
  • Unspecified communication disorder

We also serve many children who do not have specific labels, but struggle with organizational, spatial, attention or social issues, including those who struggle with executive functions.

Our focus is on serving the social and academic needs of children with learning differences, and therefore we are not equipped to serve students with significant behavioral or emotional issues.

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What is my first step in getting into The Joy School?

The best way to start the process is to attend a parent tour.

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Admissions Process

When do you make admissions decisions?

Most enrollment offers are made by late March. However, applications are processed until all spaces are filled, which may be anytime during the year.

Do you have financial aid?

The Joy School is committed to making our school and its programs accessible to families at all income levels. The Joy School annually awards needs-based scholarships, which do not need to be repaid, to bridge the gap between what a family can afford and the cost of tuition. The Board of Trustees is committed to reserving 10% of each annual budget to funding this program. Historically, approximately 15-20% of our students receive some level of financial aid each year.

Learn more about our financial aid program.

Are there any openings for the current school year?

For the 2017-18 school year, we are currently interviewing students for our wait pool only. Attend a tour or contact us at admissions@thejoyschool.org to start the admissions process.

Are there programs for kids who don't attend TJS?

Yes, The Joy School has programs for non students. In June we offer several summer programs. Throughout the regular fall and spring semesters, The Joy School also offers speech and language services to individual students, as well as groups. In addition, we offer one-on-one tutoring throughout the year. If you have questions about any of these services, contact Christine Pratt, Director of Programs, at cpratt@thejoyschool.org.

What is your nondiscriminatory policy?

The Joy School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

What is your immunization policy?

All students who attend programs or classes at The Joy School must adhere to our immunization policy. Click here to read the policy.

More Info

Many common questions are also answered in our Look Book, which gives a comprehensive view of The Joy School and our students.