We have one child in school and one starting in 2008. Excellent Christ-centered environment, wth experienced and dedicated teachers and a good learning curriculum that sets a good early childhood foundation. Emphasis on values and character is refreshing and not something one can get in public school. Tuition covers most costs and little additional fund raising is demanded of parents - unlike public schools that send home a fund raiser each month ( and still receive govt. funding)! Joy seems to manage their money well. Good parent involvement and interesting activities make this school an excellent choice for parents seeking a learning atmosphere that will positively affect their child for a lifetime.
I sent my child to Joy for a few years, until I realized that their curriculum and scores just did not even rank close to the public school system. The teachers were quite tempermental, and though the Christian atmosphere was good for the younger grades, there were just not enough options for the older grades. It seemed like they spent more time asking for money than teaching the Bible during Chapel services. I left Joy and am VERY pleased with the public school system.
Joy Christian is fabulous! My daughter and son both attend and we could not be happier. As a former public school teacher, I knew when the time came to find the 'perfect' school for my children, that Joy Christian was the one. The staff is so incredible and truly wants what is best for every child. The curriculum, extra activities and 'family like' atmosphere is definitely a plus. Knowing that my children are worshipping and praising the Lord on a regular basis brings a smile to my face each day I drop them off. I know they are learning (above grade level), and are enjoying every minute of their school day! What more could a parent ask for? Thank you Joy for providing the most positive, Christ lead education for my children.
Our oldest child started in 4th and graduated from JCS as an 8th grader. Our youngest started in 1st grade and is graduating 2007. The experience we had were growing pains as JCS grew with the needs and wants from parents and the community. Our children experiences extremely caring and highly motivated teachers. When the administration changed a few years back the school grew in leaps and bounds! The basics and the extras have provided the kind of education and growing experience that we feel we would have never found anywhere else. My husband and I have been very active in the school and learned how hard it is for teachers in a private school to provide the best possible education for their students while trying to make sure that the parents feel that it is 'money well spent'. Parents should remember that a private school is just that!
The location is perfect, easy access available. A concern on people that don't belong on campus. Parent interaction is good.
I love this school and have sent my kids since 2002 (1 in 1st and 1 in 4th). I believe every year the school changes to build a better campus for families. New Core Knowledge curriculum combined with Bible based teaching ensures a well rounded world view for every child. Negative comments on this sight must come from parents who either have not gotten involved or don't inform staff of challenges faced staff in order to see things corrected. My children are thriving... straight A's. JCS received Championship status at the recent ISS (International Space Station competition); excellent awards at recent ACSI speech meet, placing at most levels and again the same was repeated at the ACSI Spelling Bee. The academics are matched with sports programs consistently winning 1sts and 2nds & several trophies in chess. Minimal sample of what's at JCS!
JCS is incredible. The teachers are fantastic, and I am impressed with how leadership has moved the school forward. Remarkable as the school is so young. I'd dare you to compare any school in a 50 mile radius to Joy.
I was very enthusiastic about my child attending the new Joy High School, but have been disappointed almost from day one. The students have been leaving one by one, but no one seems to be willing to admit that there is a problem.They just can't compete with the local public high schools.
Vocal music program is exceptional.Limited availabiity of science lab faciities. Faciities work for K-6 but limit older students. Heavy focus on money issues.
I agree that Joy has a christian atmosphere which is wonderful, however as for the education I believe it is sub par. Teachers are nice but something just lacks with instruction. I am also very unhapy with the facilities. With the cost of tuition and it's claims of a 'private' school, I would expect buildings to be in better shape, to have a decent playground where the asphalt is smooth, a cafeteria that doesn't smell and look run down, and to have a multi-purpose room/gym. My children will not be returing to Joy after several years of attendance and am very anxious to give public school a try. Since we attend church regularly I know my children will continue to grow with God, but know I can be sure that they will be eudcated!
My child attended this school for two years. Tuition has increased dramatically every year which appears to be
I am very disappointed with the Preschool this year. They have a new directer who does not want the teachers to teach. She wants the children to have organized play time and if they learn something along the way it's okay. It was a much better school when my older child was there several years ago. We are not even finishing the school year and we are definetly not coming back next year. I feel like we have had our child in daycare instead of preschool. Joy is also the most expensive school around.
I am very impressed with Joy Community School. The Teachers are patient and kind and do a great job working with each individual child (at their own pace.) I feel they provide encouragement for each child to do his or her very best, without criticism, in a spiritual surrounding. Also the School is very clean and well maintained. Which to me as a parent, is also very Important.
This is probably the biggest disappointment in schools that I have had in sending children to school (public & private) in the past 23 yrs! Not only is this school lacking in discipline with the children they also lack discipline with the staff and adults on campus from administration down to teachers. Christian attitudes? Forget it unless you fit into 'their' cliques and format. I've not only seen but my child and I have been treated with a mean-spirit by teachers; bullied by children; looked down upon by the teaching staff and laughed at by parents. Several parents in one classroom alone have had to pay out a lot of extra money for tutoring because the children aren't getting what they need educationally nor emotionally that are required to bring young children around intellectully. Do it again? NO!
Joy has regained its 'great' status thanks to the intervention of caring parents and the director who worked to abolish the punative 'PRIDE' program. The strict dress code is still on the books , but enforcement is lax except for the most blatant violations.
As a substitute who has taught in many schools in the valley, it is refreshing to be in a school with such a supportive staff who truly has the students' best interest in mind. The staff genuinely cares about each other and the students.
Joy is a growing Christian school in the Northwest valley. It has been a blessing for my son who has thrived at the school. There is a strong curriculum, many opportunities for students to be involved. My son just has loved his teachers. I have recommended Joy to my neighbors.
I am a new parent to the school and have been impressed from day one. There was a new familiy orientation dinner before school even started that offers the chance to meet with teachers, school leadership, other parents.... My children have made friends immediately. Standards are high, academics strong. The school even has a 'performing arts' program where students can take private music, voice, lessons. Joy offers a great sports program as well. Very safe, secure location - away from streets. The Christian emphasis is strong and evident, but everyone is welcome. The tuition rate is low compared to other schools of this quality - I would compare it to private schools charging $7000 to $8000 a year.
Top quality Christian education program. The Christian teachers at Joy love kids and it shows in all they do. The athletic and music programs cannot be matched in the area. Definitely top of the line.
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