History & Accreditations

In 1997, a team of educators, clinicians and parents founded The Joy School in Houston to meet the needs of students with learning differences. Its founders include Pete Melcher and Patti Melcher, parents of a special-needs child; Dr. Jerome Rosner, an optometrist whose 40 years of research involved children with learning differences; and Shara Bumgarner, at the time an elementary public school teacher and now Head of School.

When the doors opened in 1997, The Joy School had just four students. Today it educates approximately 150 children from kindergarten through the eighth grade and serves families from 34-40 zip codes throughout the Greater Houston area. In 2011, we proudly became the first and only school for children with learning differences in the Greater Houston area to receive accreditation by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). Throughout the past 18 years we witnessed the success of many TJS students with learning differences, most of whom mainstreamed or graduated back to traditional school environments.

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Opened doors to four students


Three classes of six students in rented classrooms


Enrolled 42 students, K-5

Rented One Chelsea Blvd.


Granted accreditation through Texas Association of Accredited Private Schools


Purchased property adjacent to One Chelsea Blvd. - funds raised in just six weeks


Enrolled 99 students, K-8

Purchased One Chelsea Blvd.

Purchased 706 Chelsea Blvd.


Enrolled 108 students

Secured fourth property - campus encompasses 1.5 acres


Key to the Future Capital Campaign launched


Became first and only special needs school in Houston to receive ISAS accreditation


Began construction of current campus


Opened doors of new school building

Enrolled 129 students


Enrolled 148 students


Awarded by Top Work Places in Houston & Won Special Award for "Meaningfulness"


Awarded by Top Work Places in Houston


Awarded by Top Work Places in Houston & Won Special Award for "Appreciation"


Established 3-5

Year Strategic Plan