My daughter was bullied for two years. The school does nothing to teach the children to treat others with respect and kindness. This begins at the top as the Principal and Admissions Coordinator are hateful and rude as well.
We just pulled our two children out of JCS after suffering in this cold, unfriendly environment for over a year. My daughter was bullied in both the 2nd and 3rd grade with absolutely no intervention on the part of the Principal or the new Superintendent who couldn't even be bothered to reach out to me as a parent. She didn't even respond to me when I contacted her to advise her of our decision to leave. The poor leadership at this school is a huge problem. They have no security (anyone can walk onto the campus at any time), the communication and organization is practically non-existent, the front office staff is rude and hateful, the administrators are cold and unfriendly. The academics are quite poor. JCS is at least a year behind both the school we attended out-of-state and the school we have transferred to in Peoria. My son in Kindergarten is reading now while he was still only tracing letters at JCS! This is NOT a Christian environment and certainly not worth $15,000/year we were paying for my child to be abused. The only people who seemed to care were a few teachers, but that wasn't enough to allow my children to suffer through another day of JCS.
I gave an average rating overall. K-8 is great, but the High School experience not so great.
Good luck and goodbye, Joy. I have been involved as a parent, supporter, volunteer, advisor & donor during the last 17 years. The school has developed many awesome students despite the revolving door and each new administration change thinking their new plan will "right the ship". In my opinion, The problem has always been the person at the very top, overturning (or allowing it to occur) the apple cart one last time at year end.
I'm seeing bad reviews and attacks on students, teachers, coaches and administrators. Again in my opinion, is misdirected and undeserved as I witnessed good vision and talent be trumped over and over. The "leader" has sold the surrounding properties, cashed-out and moved on. The direction of the school is free to start again, I believe. My hope is the new leadership will stop attacking, learn from the past and move on, as we all should. Best of luck to you and, GO EAGLES!
The posts below seem to be filled with one sided, misinformed thoughts. Here is an opinion from a neutral parent. Sure, Joy has been an absolute mess for a few years now, but you can blame the former administration, former AD/football coach and the former inner city program for most of that. The key word in the last sentence is "FORMER", they are now gone. The changes that are happening now are wonderful. The new superintendent has experience, a back bone and is making the necessary changes we need to get Joy back on track. When you have an AD/football coach that doesn't have a degree and only cares about winning, that is a recipe for disaster. The inner city program was a good thought, but it was mismanaged by the adults involved. It caused way more negative problems on our campus than positive and needed to go. Every school has problems, but Joy's problems became more frequent with the addition of the inner city program. Numerous cell phones were stolen and were covered up by the athletic department because it turned out to be from an inner city kid that happened to play football. Most of the administration didn't even know because the coach kept it quiet. This enabling hurts the kids more than holding them accountable. The fowl language from these kids on a Christian campus was embarrassing. The program had a lot of potential for changing lives; the adults in charge of that program should be ashamed of themselves. So many "back door" deals were going on with free tuition to this group it was running the school down financially. The changes happening are a tough decision but really had to be done. Some teachers have been let go that didn't deserve to, but that falls on the elementary principal. She is the last cancer that needs to be cut out from Joy. In time, I'm sure, they will see her true colors. So many false, one-sided views have been spewed recently, the other side needed to be shown.
Joy is hiring better qualified teachers, athletic staff that have strong experience, and rules will be enforced campus wide to support the student handbook. There is a positive vibe around now that hasn't been at Joy for awhile. Finally, the JOY is coming back into Joy Christian School.