Discover what parents, students and teachers have to say about The Joy School.
"What they do is teach the same work as other schools, but they do it in the way you understand, and at your pace until you get it right.”
Alex, Alumni Student
“The best thing we have seen is watching our son regain his self-esteem and particularly his love of learning, in such a supportive environment.”
Catherine, Current Parent
"The Joy School is a place where you feel you're in the presence of happy children."
Judith, Current Grandparent
“The most important thing I have learned from TJS was to advocate for myself.”
Luke, Alumni Student
“I feel I am ready to mainstream because I have sprouted into a great girl with all of the help I got from TJS.”
Jenna, Alumni Student, prior to leaving TJS
“My son now enjoys learning and wants to work hard at school. He is a happy child again.”
Melinda, Alumni Parent
“I get a lot of attention because it is a smaller classroom. I can go up right away and ask the teacher and she will help [you] that minute.”
Maddie, Alumni Student
“This school gives students the skills they need and emphasizes each child's personal strengths while giving them a huge boost of self-confidence.”
Jackie, Visiting Teacher
Rising TJS 6th Grader
Teachers at TJS have time to prep you for when you mainstream to a new school. They don’t rush you. You’re learning a lot of the same things other schools teach, but in a better way – a way that makes sense for you. There is still homework, but the teachers know your ability, so it goes smoother.
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Kids know they're in a safe place at TJS because we don't penalize students for what they don't know or what they can't do. Instead, we celebrate what they learn to do and the progress they make.
1st Grade Alumnus
I learned how to do minus math problems at TJS. When I was in kindergarten, I didn’t really know how to do 18 minus a number equals a number. We only did plus. Now I can do minus too.
After Alex's first year at TJS, I really saw a difference. She was making friends, and she even seemed excited to go to school. It wasn't, "I don't want to go," anymore.