At JOY Academy, we focus on learning, not testing. We don't believe students are ever "behind".
We offer an environment that aims to support each student as being learners and engaging with their world. In support of our belief, we have Family Days or field trips every Friday!
We use Waldorf-inspired curriculum: Our curricular and educational practices include methods commonly commonly found in Waldorf schools, focusing on the whole child: head, heart and hands. Waldorf is considered the fastest-growing independent school movement in the world. Our teaching allows us to tie back to the Waldorf values:
Family and community life
The healthy unfolding of childhood
Joy in the learning process
An education focused on wholeness in body, soul and spirit
Intellectual excellence, imagination, strong memory and problem-solving skills
A viable alternative to high-stakes testing
Age-appropriate use of media
The training of ethical and moral judgement
Visit www.awsna.org for information from Waldorf Education: An Introduction
We also teach and practice Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits for Happy Kids to help our students in becoming future leaders:
As of January 2, 2023: Kindergarten: 4 openings 1st grade: full 2nd grade: full 3rd/4th grades: full 5th/6th grade: full 7th/8th grade: 2 openings High School*: 7 openings
*HIGH SCHOOL students are expected to be self-directed learners and to be actively involved in planning his/her curriculum, required for graduation. We can assist students who are willing and able to work towards completing their graduation requirements in less than 4 years.