Joy's K-8 Model
As part of the district strategic plan to provide more choice to students and parents, the Joy Elementary School will include the 7th and 8th grade for the 2019-20 academic year.
New 2019 K-8 Options
Starting in the upcoming 2019-20 school year, both 7th and 8th grade will be offered in an innovative K-8 model.
The 7th & 8th grades at this school are open to all students in the district, but district bussing is available only for the students in the school's attendance area. The K-8 lottery process takes the place of the “out of attendance area” application for 7thand 8thgraders at this school.
Interested in enrolling? The district uses an online lottery portal to collect, verify, and process applications. (Students already attending 7th grade at this school do not need to reapply if they wish to remain at the same school for 8th grade.)
- First round lottery application period: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9 a.m. through Friday, March 8, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
- After the first round of the lottery closes on March 8, parents will be notified of their student's enrollment status by April 2, 2019.
- The K-8 Options lottery enrollment portal will reopen on April 3, 2019 and students will be enrolled in the order in which they are received, on a space-available basis. If enrollment reaches capacity, student names will be added to a waitlist in the order in which they are received.
- More details about the district's lottery enrollment system may be found at the Lottery Overview page.
Why Choose K-8 at Joy?
- STEAM Focus: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math
- Core Subject Rotation: Allows students to work with peers at similar levels and teachers to teach in subjects of strength
- Looping: Allows students to have teachers for multiple years
- Elective Hour: Offerings consistent with the STEAM focus, offering students an opportunity to build a deeper knowledge of subjects of interest
- Extracurricular Options: Clubs, activities and sports
What a STEAM Focus Looks Like at Joy
- Science allows students to formulate questions and problem solve to discover answers. Science may include health science, environmental science, and forensics.
- Technology focused classes provide students with up-to-date information and access to technology and design. Classes may include coding, video production, and app development.
- Engineering classes offer a hands-on approach to learning and discovery for students. These classes may include robotics, housing design.
- Art allows students an outlet for expression through visual arts, journalism, dance, communication, mixed media, photography, theater, and music.
- Math is used in everyday life that can be taught through Independent Living Skills; measurements used in engineering, statistics obtained from surveys, financial projections of business plans, etc. Math will be incorporated throughout various subjects and courses.
What Personalized Learning Looks Like at Joy
Students are provided with instruction based on their personal academic needs. This allows students of various academic levels to work together as peers and at their individual level of learning.
Individual student needs are met through a focus on the Core Four: Targeted Instruction provided by the classroom teacher, Flexible Tools for differentiated path, product, and space, facilitating Student Ownership and Reflection, and making Data Driven Decisions.
The goal at Joy is to provide programs and courses that will meet the needs and interests of our students while setting high expectations of accountability for behavior and academic success.
What Guidelines for Success Look Like at Joy
CHAMPS is a framework for setting expectations to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence. We know that when good behavior and good teaching come together, our students will excel in their learning.
We believe that by providing Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), we will build a school community where all students have an environment in which they can succeed and grow.