Lower School

Our students find the JOY in learning through direct, purposeful instruction in a safe, supportive environment with peers who share similar needs.

Students learn to celebrate their areas of strength while gaining skills and strategies to support their areas of weakness. They return to their schools with a renewed sense of confidence and a stronger understanding of themselves as learners.

Academic Program

Skill Builders

Pre-K 4 – 5th grade
(as of spring 2017)
June 5th – 30th
Monday – Friday 8:30-3:00

Skill Builders is an academic remedial program focused on addressing the most common areas of difficulty for students with learning differences: reading, writing, spelling, math and handwriting/keyboarding.

Our goal is to help students find the joy in learning through direct, systematic instruction in a safe, supportive environment with peers who share similar needs. Students will learn to celebrate their areas of strength while gaining skills and strategies to support their areas of weakness. Students will return to their schools with a renewed sense of confidence and a stronger understanding of themselves as a learner.

Social Program

Social Skills 101 is full for summer. Learn more about our fall Social Skills program.

1st – 5th grade
(as of spring 2017)
June 6th – 29th
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:15-5:15

Social Skills 101 is designed to give children an opportunity to learn and develop appropriate social skills in a small group setting. Students will work on initiating conversations, keeping conversations going, social problem solving, turn-taking, game playing, perspective taking, body language, self-monitoring and much more. Each week, we will discuss the “hidden rules” and expectations associated with various social settings (book stores, restaurants, museums, etc).

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Once you know which programs are right for your child, start the application process! Click the appropriate button below based on your relationship to The Joy School.

Current parents of The Joy School and those who have applied for the 2017-18 regular school year:

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Our Students

The Joy School summer programs are open to all students with learning differences in the Greater Houston area.

The Joy School believes in building areas of weakness while celebrating areas of strength. Therefore, all students will participate in all academic areas.

If you would prefer for your child to only focus on one academic area, private tutoring may be a better option for your child.

Our Teachers

Skill Builders classes are taught by highly trained Joy School Learning Specialists, and our Speech-Language Pathologists teach Social Skills 101. Our instructors' experience throughout the school year and their intensive training provide them with the tools required to meet a range of student needs.

Our teachers embrace and appreciate students who learn differently.

Admissions & Placement

Admissions

Admissions decisions are based on our belief that we can provide meaningful instruction to address a child's particular needs.

This decision will be based on testing reports and parent descriptions submitted during the application process. Some students may be asked to participate in a brief interview session to ensure that we fully understand their needs.

In addition, we sometimes contact the child's current school to obtain more information about his or her academic and social needs.

Placement

In general, students will be grouped based on a combination of factors, including chronological age, current developmental level and current school placement. Class sizes average six students per teacher, depending on the needs of the students. All curriculum planning decisions will be based on the needs of the students within each group.

Getting Kids Excited About Summer School

This is a common question asked by parents! The name "The Joy School" embodies what we try to provide for all students every day: joy in learning. Yes, we work hard, and we have fun doing it!

Program participants and their parents have told us that attending summer programs at TJS doesn't feel like school. Some kids say they learn more during our four-week program than they do the entire year at their current school. We believe the difference is having teachers who embrace and appreciate students who learn differently and classmates who share similar needs.

Students find acceptance, gain confidence and realize they are not alone when they work alongside others who also need extra support.

Extracurricular Activities

Although our summer programs are intensive, we believe that coming to school should be a fun, exciting, JOYFUL experience!

Skill Builders

Skill Builders students attend PE and art weekly and have two recesses per day. Field trips are taken on a class-by-class basis.

Social Skills

Social Skills students engage in free play, role playing, game playing and field trips where they can apply skills learned in class.

Daily Schedule

Skill Builders

Regular drop-off window: 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Classes: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Each class will address the following areas daily: reading, writing, spelling, math and handwriting/keyboarding. Individual classroom schedules will vary based on the needs of the students in each group. All classes will have two recess breaks and a lunch break during the day. All classes will participate in Art and PE on a weekly basis.

Social Skills

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Social Skills students will engage in free play, role playing, game playing and field trips where they can apply skills learned in class.

Progress Report

A one-page report outlining your child’s progress will be sent home at the conclusion of the program.

Tuition & Fees - Skill Builders

  • Application Fee: $130 due upon application
  • Enrollment Deposit: $950 (50% of tuition) - due April 15
  • Remaining 50% of Tuition: $950 - due May 15
  • Total Costs of Program (including application fee): $2,030

The Application Fee is nonrefundable and must be received with the completed application. This covers the time involved in reviewing applications, interviewing parents and students, if necessary, and contacting outside professionals.

The Enrollment Deposit is nonrefundable and ensures your child’s spot in the program.

Tuition is due May 15 for all students.

If your child is a current “Joy School” student, he or she qualifies for a $100 discount. You may deduct it from the summer program tuition (not application fee).

Tuition & Fees - Social Skills 101

  • Application Fee: $130 due upon application
  • Enrollment Deposit: $277.50 (50% of tuition) - due April 15
  • Remaining 50% of Tuition: $277.50 - due May 15
  • Total Costs of Program (including application fee): $685

The Application Fee is nonrefundable and must be received with the completed application. This covers the time involved in reviewing applications, interviewing parents and students, if necessary, and contacting outside professionals.

The Enrollment Deposit is nonrefundable and ensures your child’s spot in the program.

Tuition is due May 15 for all students.

If your child is a current “Joy School” student, he or she qualifies for a $100 discount. You may deduct it from the summer program tuition (not application fee).

Policies & Procedures

1. All payments must be received by May 15, 2017. Students may not attend classes until paid in full.

2. Payment of tuition is for the entire four-week session, regardless of whether a student attends all four weeks available. No tuition refunds will be made.

3. Punctuality is extremely important, as there are no make-up dates available for this program.

4. Students must be picked up on-time. There will be a $15 late charge for every fifteen-minute increment beyond dismissal time that a student is left at the school.

5. Students are expected to comply with all classroom and school rules. Any child deemed to be disruptive to the learning environment or dangerous to others will be dismissed immediately without refund.

6. Students should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for a school setting. Open toe and backless shoes are not allowed.

7. All students who attend group programs at The Joy School are required to adhere to our Immunization Policy.

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 programs and other school-administered program.

Financial Aid

If you cannot afford to pay the full Summer Program cost we may be able to award you a small discount if you qualify. As part of the review process, Stacie McComb, The Joy School’s Business Manager, will request personal information on why you think you might qualify, such as household income, etc.

You can contact Ms. McComb at smccomb@thejoyschool.org. Once Ms. McComb receives your request, she will contact you within 48 hours to begin the review.


Spots Available for
2017-18 School Year

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