If there is one thing that is true about The Joy School’s curriculum, it is that there is no “one size fits all” program. We believe students should be taught in a way that makes the most of their strengths while addressing their differences in a productive way. All children need to feel successful before being asked to face challenging tasks. Therefore, we work to discover the level at which a child can be independently successful and work systematically to move them forward from that point.
Our curriculum can best be described as a “traditional curriculum taught in a non-traditional way.” While the pace of our instruction, size of our classrooms and methodologies of our teachers may be different than traditional schools, our academic goals are very similar. At all levels, students focus primarily on the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Students also receive instruction in science, social studies and art.
A key component to our success is our small class sizes. For students needing more intensive intervention, we use resource teachers who provide direct remediation at a one-on-one level. Teachers continually evaluate the effectiveness of their programs and adjust the pacing and presentation as necessary to help students progress as quickly as possible through the curriculum. They utilize technology of all types (including assistive software, laptops, tablets and interactive media) to peak students’ interests and move students along.
To best meet the needs of our students, The Joy School is divided into two divisions: Lower School (K-5th) and Middle School (6th-8th).