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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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Posted November 5, 2014

My daughter currently attends Joy and we have been so disappointed. We cannot wait until the school year is over to transfer schools. My daughter has been considered a strong-willed child which in Joy term, means BAD. My daughter comes home all the time saying she is "the bad kid", her teacher is mean and that she "is stupid". We have been actively involved in her education here for 2 years, work with her everyday, communicate with teachers, etc however they don't care. If you child isn't a zombie they want nothing to do with them. My daughter was sent to the Principals office (who is HORRIBLE AND RUDE) on her second week of school for talking. The Principal told my daughter if she was ever sent there again, she would be kicked out. When she called me, I requested to speak wit a guidance counselor or neutral third party at the school and the principal said, "We are a Christian School and don't have behavioral problems". My entire family, extended family AND TEACHERS who used to work here KNOW this is truly the most UN- CHRISTIAN school environment you can imagine. Save your thousands of dollars and place your kids somewhere in which they will feel special and encouraged. HORRIBLE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2014

I used to go here but then my parents realized how terrible of a school it was. When I moved to a public high school I realized I was way behind the other kids & I nearly failed a class. I am still currently enrolled in honors classes and I was finally able to adjust due to my the strong mindset I had on my future. Yes, joy has a great family like feel to it, & I owe most of my Christianity and friendships to it, but it lacks a good academic curriculum. I am very grateful for everything joy has taught me, it was one of the best experiences in my life, but that's not what people send there kids to school to do. Joy claims to get better every year which maybe it does but if you want to have a future in the real world send them to a place that actually informs them on college experience, & actually offers rigorous courses to prepare them for real life. Joy is ok as a elementary school but sucks as high school so don't even think about sending your kids there. Last I heard the kids at joy aren't so Christian tbh, but that could be for a lot of reasons so I don't blame that on joy. Ultimately joys major downfall is the education because these kids will never survive in the real world.


Posted June 17, 2014

When I left Joy I went to a public school and enrolled in all honors classes and when I walked in we were learning things that From what I learned you can have all A's at Joy then go to a public high school and fail all your classes because from going to Joy and being an honor roll student you think that you are smart and ahead of the game when really you aren't taught anything and are behind on the curriculum in many subjects. As most parents say that they don't want their children to go to a public high school because they are afraid that they will lose their Christianity and be exposed to the ways of the world.By letting your child go to a real high school it will test their faith and let you know if you child is really a Christian because you can't just leave your child in a " Christian Education" for the rest of their life because when they face reality and go to a public high school it may lead to bad decisions. When you child wants to go to college Joy doesn't help because they won't be able to get into their dream college without a guidance counseled to help direct them on the proper path. I don't reccomend it


Posted March 2, 2014

I owe much of my academic, spiritual, and personal development to Joy Christian School. Through my attendance there from PK-12 grade, I have forged relationships that will last a lifetime, built my knowledge to an unfathomable height, and most importantly, I have solidified my relationship with Christ. For those who get their kicks by insulting my school, shame on you. If you truly believe in our Lord and Savior, your disappointing Him through such histrionic and ridiculous actions. The worst part is that a majority of those who are using this site to bash Joy Christian are parents. What an amazing example these adults are setting for their children. Not to mention this a student who is pointing out these flaws. Anyway, for anyone who is deciding where to send their children, I cannot think of any better place than our mission focused, family centered, curriculum based, campus. God Bless you and whatever decision you make, glorify God in all aspects of your decision.


Posted June 2, 2013

I used to attend this school, and then I moved realizing how awful the curriculum truly was. Sure, the campus itself is nice, a family like relationship with the staff and administration, but that's NOT what the real world is going to give to you after you go ahead and try to get a job. Come on, Bible class every day of every week? PE every day? Band? Sports? UH, NO. Everything I learned here was worth nothing to me as I made the switch to another school. I am a Christian, no doubt about it, but the classes really sucked for me. Maybe they've changed. I don't know, but one things for sure, I would never let my future children to go there. Nor would I ever come back. I thought I had made GREAT friends and I THOUGHT I fit in, but thats NOT what school is for. School is for EDUCATION, and Joy didn't give me a good one.,


Posted February 24, 2013

What a great place and a great community. After witnessing Joy's second State Championship this year I relaize the community that this campus has. It is with great pleasure I recommend Joy Christian School. I am impressed that the main thing is the main thing, from the classroom to the coaches to the choir to the womens Bible study lead by the Girl's Bible teacher. It is the Christian School in the Valley. It is not your typical Christian School it is real, with real families with real problems, but as a community we have come together to pray and be the ACTS 2 to those familes. So proud of who we are and whose we are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

First year here and it's been 5 months in.. I have nothing but EXCELLENT things to say. Academics are great, leadership is great, variety of sports are great, kids are welcoming to my daughter (no bullying as others have stated), parents are welcoming (I am a proud room mom & helped with auction), the campus is safe, environment is like a huge family and I feel very welcome on campus at any time. I know the school is changing a bit this Spring, but I am sure it is for the better. I only have heard good plans for the future on a campus build out. The vision for this place is amazing and Walt is a great pastor. I would recommend any family to meet with Kimberly in the front office and take a tour.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

So glad I pulled my child from this school! Nothing Christian like going on at that school! Parents bully other parents, those parents and staff allow the children to bully each other. It's bad! Don't fall for the smoke and mirrors at this school. Find anywhere else to send your children if you want them to receive a Christian/Faith based education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2012

If u want your kids to attend a school all about sports then i suggest sending them to Joy. But if you're thinking about sending your kids to Joy for the arts example:choir,drama,etc I wouldn't recommend this school. This school focuses mainly and ONLY on sports. Like when sports get incoming money sports keep it. When choir or drama gets money it must go to school and none to the arts for new equipment. Just this year a speaker didn't work and the teacher had to pay for a new one with her own salary. Joy is a good school for sports but thats it academically wise they don't pick the greatest teachers. Every good teacher they fire and they hire teachers who can't spell and/or don't speak english well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2012

I feel extremely blessed that my children can attend Joy Christian School. I believe the academic rigor is excellent and will give my kids everything they need to go as far in life as they could hope or imagine. Even more importantly, the character building that takes place on this campus is unmatchable by most education institutions. The leadership team at Joy is phenominal. They hire the best of the best from teachers, to coaches to the maintanence team and coffee shop staff! You won't find a more dedicated, friendly group of people who all share a common passion, to share the love of Christ and impact His Kingdom for eternity. I see this happen day in and day out at JCS! From the Athletic Director and his wife shuttling 6-8 kids a day to and from sporting events who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend, to the coffee shop ladies encouraging scripture memorization for discounts on soft drinks. I often find myself amazed by the depth of love and encouragement shown to my kids and others. It's a true example of Christs love. As I said in the begining, my family is blessed to be a part of this!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2012

We have been a part of Joy for 8 years now. We have 5 children from Pre-K to Middle School. Joy is such a blessing to our family. There were some rough years as the school transitioned to K-12, but the last 2 years have been amazing. There is such a family feel there. We see them trying to show the Love of Christ in all that they do. The leadership is amazing and we see the students growing, not just academically but spiritually as well. We have gotten to know many of this years Seniors, and they are wonderful human beings. They are leaving Joy with all kinds of opportunities. When I see them choosing between Ivy League colleges, getting scholarships to excellent Christian Universities, and going on football recruiting trips across the country, it just reinforces our belief that our children are in a great place. Each year it just gets better and better. We love the direction and feel at Joy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2012

Best decision for our children. We have two kids at Joy and it has been a wonderful experience thus far. This is our 3rd year at Joy and amazing things are happening. The school is heading in the right direction and growing in all aspects. Our children have been blessed by Christian leadership both in and outside of the classroom and their faith is blossoming. Cannot say enough to thank Joy Christian for continuing its mission to Build Christian Leaders. You are making a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

We have been at Joy school for 10 years and I would not change a thing. My kids love this school and they like all of the teachers. The classes are small and very Christian oriented. We tried public school for our first child and that was a disaster. I will continue to support JCS and all the positive changes it has in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

We have had 2 kids at JCS for 8 years, beginning with pre-school. I do not have the words to describe the incredible heart of the teachers and staff. JCS has been the best decision we have made regarding our kids! It is true there have been changes in the last few years but only positive ones. If I wanted I could send my kids to any school in the valley, but nothing would compare to the solid Christian environment at JCS. Our kids are academically challenged every day and display biblical values that we are very proud of. Thanks JCS Teachers and Staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

So happy that I pulled my children from this school. Went there for many years. I have one in High School and one in Middle School. Both were behind in their academics and required tutoring. Wish I would have pulled them 5 years earlier. So many questionable things go on there. Too many to even disuss. Just go to AZ Central and plug in the school and read for yourself. They let the most Godly man I personally have ever known. He gave his heart and soul to that school for over 11 years. He was a threat as he was SO popular to so many kids and families. Thank God we are gone! My kids are so much happier and thank me at least once a month. We are at another Christian school and couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2011

My son and daughter attend this school, and though I originally wanted my children to go to a public school as I did in the valley, after seeing the dedication, commitment, and Christian spirit that exists at this school, I do not want them to go any where but to JCS. The teachers have been great and have listened and actioned any concerns we have, the old and new leadership of the school has been fantastic and the parent community is incredible. This school teaches good Christian and family values, and even non-Christian families have seen this value and send their kids to this school (the fact that non-Christian families attend is a great testimonial to the values and education received at Joy). As far as any bad press, or negative comments that you may hear or see, I would say to get the whole story and experience the school/atmoshere for yourself. Set up a tour, or I have heard they have a "shadowing" program for potential students. You will see and feel a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

To date we only have had 1 student leave JCS since the 1st day of school and over 60 kids enroll since school started (many are re-enrollments: students who left and came back!). My children are thriving and are doing ABOVE average, and on top of that can study in a loving and nurturing atmosphere. Unless you have a child currently enrolled at JCS since Jim Davis has taken the helm, I honestly wouldn't read your review if I were a parent coming to this website to educate myself on the school. If you are a parent, go meet with Jim, go take a tour, go have your child shadow, go talk with other parents on campus....it's a BIG FAMILY there!!! You are very welcome to join! There is room for everyone here! I am here for the LONG haul! Through highschool. It's the next Brophy/Xavier for the NW community.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

Fantastic school. Under amazing new leadership (Jim Davis) which has propelled the growth and advancement of programs & initiatives. My kids love this school and I continue to be impressed by what is offered to my children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

"Old-School" values with all the bells and whistles! I have had my two children at Joy for about 6 months now. I could not be happier with the staff at the school, the leadership and the direction, the loving and supportive atmosphere, and the academics. I absolutely love that I do not have to make the trade off between a Christian environment and opportunities for my kids to play sports, participate in music, etc. Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

bad as 5 different teachers in one year for one classroom. Some of the best teachers are gone and the poor ones are kept. It is sad to see the sturdy rock of a school that I used to know become so unstable because of poor leadership.


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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)
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PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
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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)
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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
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  • 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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21000 N 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Phone: (623) 561-2000

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