February 08, 2010
Joyner is a wonderful school, with strong leadership, great teachers, active PTA, lots of parent involvement and wonderful facilities. It is the right place to send your child if learning spanish language and culture while getting a strong basic education in a diverse setting is your goal. Having said that, I will point out, that even though a Magnet school, it is still a public school, so has some of the usual ills associated with public schools. The curriculum may move too slowly for exceptionally bright students (they probably need to attend the A/G Magnet),though once a week A/G classes are offered at 4th grade. Teachers must handle fairly large classes of kids, some of whom have learning disabilities, language gaps or discipline/behavioral issues. Offers the usual unhealthy Public School lunch food and only weekly Art/PE/Music. Otherwise, a really strong school, very safe, with exceptional staff and teachers.
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