To supplement the skills our students work on during class time, The Joy School offers a variety of enrichment and extracurricular opportunities.

Electives & Fine Arts

Our lower school students attend a weekly fine arts class and are exposed to a wide variety of arts via field trips to places including Main Street Theater, Miller Outdoor Theater and The Houston Symphony. Students also experience the abundance of museums in our immediate neighborhood.

Beginning in our middle school, students choose one elective per year. Elective offerings vary each year but often include:

  • Art
  • Technology
  • Film Making
  • Technical/Musical Theater
  • And More!

After School Programs

After school classes at The Joy School provide a loving and safe environment where students can learn, relax and have fun while enjoying extracurricular activities. There are a combination of educational and recreational opportunities for students of all ability levels.

While class availability depends on enrollment and interest, programs we often offer are:

  • Fencing
  • Study Hall
  • Soccer Shots
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Cooking
  • Coding
  • Robotics
  • Chess
  • Artist Adventures
  • Sports Skills

We also offer speech and language programs for students outside of The Joy School, as well as current students. Learn more about our individual and group speech and language services.

For more information on The Joy School's after school programs, contact Elyse Trusell, Program Director, at etrusell@thejoyschool.org.

PE & Recess

At The Joy School, we strongly believe that all students need breaks during the day for physical activity.

All students attend PE twice a week and have recess for 30 minutes after lunch every day as well as an additional recess time on non-PE days. PE provides opportunities for structured physical play while recess provides opportunities for unstructured social play.

PE Objectives

  • Skill Development
  • Coordination
  • Learning Games
  • Teamwork
  • Sportsmanship

Recess Objectives

  • Social Skills
  • Building Resilience
  • Unstructured Play

Our speech-language pathologists supervise recess every day in order to observe situations that may create “teachable moments” for social skills instruction. Our PE coach also supervises recess in order to support students in applying their PE skills in unstructured play opportunities.