Middle School

Our summer programs are now full. Please check out our other offerings for non-TJS students.

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

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.

Middle School Social Skills Summer Program

Middle School Programs

Must be in 5th-8th grade (as of spring 2018)


Book Club
June 4th-15th
Monday-Friday 8:00-9:30

First rule of book club is—have fun reading a new book in just two weeks! The book will be chosen based on the interests and reading levels of the readers in the club. You’ll chat about the book and create hands-on mini projects. Daily reading goals help make sure you don’t fall behind. Use of Bookshare and audiobooks are encouraged when used properly to build reading fluency. Cups of tea and snacks for reading energy make this class even better!

Creative Writing

June 4th-15th
Monday-Friday 9:30-12:00

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.

Mastering Math
June 18th-29th
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

Design a theme park, create your own comic book, discover ancient civilizations, or do all three! Either way, you'll learn valuable executive functioning skills, like:

  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Self-expression
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multitasking
  • Problem Solving

Comic Book Creators
June 4th-15th
Monday-Friday 1:00-3:00

Whether you are into superheroes, romance, or fashion this class is your chance to create your very own comic book about a subject you love! You’ll learn about the history, design and plot points that go into making comic books, all while building your own. Whether your characters are getting ready for New York Fashion week or saving the world, this class is sure to be filled with adventure!

Ancient Civilizations
June 18th-29th
Monday-Friday 8:00-10:00

Ever wonder what life was like in different eras in different parts of the world? Explore ancient Egypt, Rome, feudal Japan, Medieval times! In this class, you’ll discover each region's clothes, food, laws, weapons and warfare, how they struggled to survive and how they thrived as a society in their own time. Build your own pyramid diorama, make a working aqueduct like the Romans, the opportunities are endless!

Build Your Own Theme Park

June 18th-29th
Monday-Friday 10:00-12:00

Design and build your own theme park! Work as a team to research and choose what type of theme park you’ll create, what attractions to put in your park and how to get people to visit. Each student will build one ride to contribute to the park and will design a theme park shop!

Classes by Date

list of summer classes by date

Fast Facts

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. 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 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 13
  • 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:

  • Book Club - $250
  • Creative Writing - $460*
  • Build Your Own Dino Theme Park - $350*
  • Mastering Math - $350*
  • Comic Book Creators - $350*
  • Ancient Civlizations - $350*
  • Build Your Own Theme Park - $350*

*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, 2018. 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

Attend a Parent Tour to learn about attending The Joy School full-time.