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Joy Christian School

Private | PK-10 | 662 students

We are best known for Academics, Arts & Athletics.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $140,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $960.

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2011:
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Posted September 21, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

Joy School is a solid choice for K-5. Small classes, individualized instruction, good curriculum. Starts to fall apart in Middle School. P.R.I.D.E. program uses fear as the motivating force. Students are held to impossible standards in the name of teaching responsibility. Sadly, good students are in dentention for lack of a piece of paper. Too rigid for this tender age. Pluses include sports, music, cheerleading and dance opportunities. Teachers are well trained and involved in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2004

I was a parent scrubbing desks in Aug '97 so Joy could open. I've supported this school through everything and slowly, each year got better. I thought 04-05 would be the best yet: Curriculum is strong, most teachers are good, fantastic coaches and sports program. Now I'm about to pull my kid because the school had been ruined by unannounced changes over the summer: Namely a ridiculous 'standarized dress code' and the Draconian PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Daily Effort) program which Twin Lakes School Corp., Monticello, IN, uses for high school students facing expulsion! If changes aren't made quickly, my kid and my $5,000 tuition are outta there. I guess with the recent tuition increase, the school can afford to drive students away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2004

Recent changes at JCS have ruined what used to be an excellent, yet expensive school. On the 3rd violation of the new strict, illogical and ambiguous dress code, the student must wear a full uniform. No one else will be in uniform, so the student will be humiliated. I thought Dunce's Caps and Scarlet Letters were no longer politically correct. Wrong! Just go to JCS and spot the poor tortured souls in full uniform. Better yet, put violators in stocks (definition: 'A wooden frame with holes for confining the ankles and sometimes the wrists and head of a wrongdoer sentenced to be exposed to public view and ridicule) outside the main office. Oh, I won't be signing my name because expressing parent opinion is frowned upon and could lead to retribution on that parent's child. I mourn the loss of a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2004

Our children have been at Joy for 7 years, since its founding. Until this year (Aug. 04)we've been pleased with the school's developments. Small classes, challening curriculum resulting in way above average Stanford 9 scores, excellent afterschool sports for everyone,not just the athletic. Now however we are so unhappy with recent developments, we are considering withdrawing our children. The strict new dress code is enforced arbitrarily and ambiguously written yet after only 2 violations the violator is forced to wear full uniform. But what is worse is the Middle School's newly implemented, and very punative PRIDE (Personal Responsiblity in Daily Effort) program that gives a child a detention (at Joy it's called being sent to the 'Responsibilty Room')for something as small as forgetting to bring a pencil to class. The PRIDE program is designed more for juvenile deliquents, not the highly achieving and academically successful students that are found at Joy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

We have been going to this school for 5 years and have watched it slowly go in a backwards motion they have made changes every year. These changes have not worked for an increased interest, it only has made the interest level and growth go in reverse. The school may be good for K-4 if your interested. Higher levels of education are not given the respect that they deserve. An entire internal adminstrative change is desperatly needed to improve this schools growth. The atmosphere in this schools adminstration is not like that of being team players. It is more of a dictatorship, it seems like good people are under valued by a higher archy, as if thier ideas and values don't matter. If this could be eliminated this school would go far. The location is good with easy access to a growing community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

Wonderful school, although pricy. We pay $5,000 per year for one child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

Very attentive to the needs of a children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2004

My child attends JCS and I am extremely satisfied with this school. My child excels in several subjects and is given the opportunity to work in more advanced classes for those subjects while staying in other classes with children on her own level. Great concept! The former and present directors of the school have had/do have great insight and are in tune with parents and students needs. JCS offers many opportunities for extracurricular activities which have enhanced my child's school experience. It has taught her many good things: compassion, competitive/team spirit, hard work and determination, so much more. Teachers and staff are encouraging and supportive and seem to know each student in the school - there is a great feeling of family closeness on this campus. Although we are still new and growing at a slow pace, it is an upward and progressive pace which is very comfortable for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

The staff at Joy seems genuinely concerned with the success and well being of the students. The school is still experiencing growing pains, but continues to get better with each and every year.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Hispanic 9% 39%
Black 5% 6%
Two or more races 5% N/A
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 11%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National "Wellness Program" Award
  • Core Knowledge Certification (2009)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Jim Davis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Other lutheran
Associations
  • ACSI
  • NAEYC
Fax number
  • (623) 362-3202

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parents are involved in our "partners" volunteer program. there are monthly breakfast meetings for updates of school news, changes, etc... from the executive director. parents are involved in key campus relationship building events, to create a sense of community on the campus. there is a volunteer coordinator who connects parents with their volunteer interests.
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Joy Christian School is open to all families who want a strong, Christian, values-based, education. A focus of our school is to create a strong, positive, caring, and joyful community for all our students, parents, and staff. This builds a powerful home/family/community education partnership.
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College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
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21000 N 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Phone: (623) 561-2000

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