Middle 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.

Find our academic, executive functioning and social classes below.

Middle School Social Skills Summer Program

Academic Programs

6th-8th Grade (as of spring 2017)

Creative Writing
June 5th – 16th
Monday – Friday 9:00-12:00

Unleash your inner writer! In this workshop, you’ll become more confident in your writing, give and receive constructive criticism, and practice narrative writing and poetry. Students in this class will grow creatively while enhancing academic writing skills.

Technology 101
June 19th – 30th
Monday – Friday 8:30-10:00

Want to create your own website? In this class, you will! In addition, you’ll use laptops and iPads, practice typing, and get more comfortable using programs like Word, WordQ, Inspiration, and PowerPoint.

Mastering Math
June 19th – 30th
Monday – Friday 1:00-3:00

Math is tough for a lot of students, but this program helps you become more confident in your math skills. Fractions, decimals, multiplying, and dividing don’t have to be scary!

Executive Functioning Classes

6th-8th Grade (as of spring 2017)
Design a theme park, create your own business, or both! Either way, you'll learn valuable executive functioning skills, like:
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Self-expression
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-tasking
  • Problem-solving

Build Your Own Dino Theme Park

June 5th – 16th
Monday – Friday 1:00-3:00

Design and build your own dinosaur-filled theme park! Work as a team to research and choose which dinosaurs to put in your park, how to make sure they survive, and design the attractions around them. You get to give a “tour” of your park at the end!

You're The Boss
June 19th – 30th
Monday – Friday 10:00-12:00

Do you wish you could own your own store? Maybe a toy store, restaurant, or even a comic book shop? In this two-week class you’ll get to push your imagination to the limit as you learn what it takes to create your very own store!

Social Programs

6th-8th Grade (as of spring 2017)

Middle School Boys OR Girls Group
June 6th – 29th
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00-12:00

Hang out with other kids and learn how to work together, communicate, listen, and see someone else’s side. You’ll play board games, collaborate, and practice initiating and maintaining conversations throughout the class. There is one group for girls and one group for boys. This program is taught by our Speech-Language Pathologists.

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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.

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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. Our summer Middle School model is designed so that students can pick and choose classes based on their individual needs.

Our Teachers

All academic based classes are taught by highly trained Joy School Learning Specialists, and our Speech-Language Pathologists teach our Middle School Boys and Girls groups. 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 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.


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 eight 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 their short time at The Joy School 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.

Daily Schedule

Whether you want mornings or afternoons, two weeks or four weeks, we've got you covered!

Students who are enrolled in a morning class ending at 12:00 and are enrolled in an afternoon class beginning at 1:00 are welcome to stay on campus for lunch.

Middle School Summer Schedule Options

Tuition & Fees

  • Application Fee: $130 due upon application
  • Enrollment Deposit: 50% of tuition - due April 15
  • Remaining 50% of Tuition: due May 15

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).

Program Pricing:

  • Creative Writing - $480*
  • Build Your Own Dino Theme Park - $350*
  • You're The Boss - $350*
  • Mastering Math - $320*
  • Technology - $240*
  • Middle School Boys OR Girls - $555*

*Program pricing does not include the $130 application fee. The application fee is per applicant, not per class.

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 program session, regardless of how many days the student attends class. 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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