Lower School

Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of academic and social skills as well as strategies to prepare students to advance to The Joy School middle school or to mainstream to traditional classroom settings at other schools.

Fast Facts:

  • Grades K-5
  • 6-8 students per class
  • Self-contained classes
  • Grouped based on academic and social abilities and age
  • M, T, Th, F: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • W: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lower school curriculum includes language arts, math, science and social studies. Students also attend physical education, fine arts and speech and language remediation classes throughout the week.

A wide variety of teaching methods, resources and materials are used to suit various learning styles and allow our teachers to provide a developmentally-appropriate learning experience. This enables our students to reach their academic and social potential.


Starting in Lower School, students have access to laptops, iPads and a myriad of digital and online learning opportunities. Keyboarding/typing is introduced in the upper elementary grades to ease the transition from handwritten work to published documents. Computer-based remedial programs for reading, decoding and fluency are also available for students requiring extra support.

Read more about our philosophy on assistive technology: Leveling the Playing Field with Technology.