Which grades do you serve?
Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

How do I enroll my child?
Click Here to visit our Enrollment page. Follow the steps to enroll your child.

How many students do you have?
640 scholars are enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Do you provide busing?
Yes, we provide busing for most locations in the Durham area. If you have questions about bus transportation, you can contact our Bus Supervisor (Denise Robinson (919) 908-1601) for specifics. Reference our Resources page for additional information. 

What specials or enrichment activities do you offer?
Our elementary students participate in music, art, technology, and physical education during their Specials rotation. Middle school students select their Special class each semester from this list of options.

All of our students also participate in the Second Step social-emotional learning program, Community Time, and our GRITZ remediation and enrichment block. To learn more about Second Step access http://www.cfchildren.org/second-step.

Afterschool elective options include KidzNotes, StudentU, Movement of Youth, STEP Team, Environment Science Club, Girls on the Run, Youth Leadership Council, and Student Council. Sports include Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Girls Volleyball and Track and Field.

Does Maureen Joy have a discrimination policy?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender (male or female), gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited basis will apply to all programs and/or employment activities). Under the Federal School Nutrition Program and USDA policy, discrimination is prohibited under the basis of race, color, national origin, gender (male or female), age or disability.

What is the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)?
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all schools to inspect building materials for the presence of asbestos. AHERA excludes schools from the inspection requirement if the school was constructed after October 12, 1988, and has a signed statement from the architect or project engineer responsible for constructing the school stating that no asbestos-containing building materials were specified for use in the construction of the school. Our school has been provided such a statement, and is, therefore, exempt from the requirement to conduct an asbestos inspection. (Date Posted: October 31, 2014)

What is your average class size?
Our Kindergarten classes average 15:1 and our 1st-8th grade classes average 24:1.

Do your students wear uniforms?
Yes, uniforms are required at Joy. This information and much more can be found in our Parent & Scholar Handbook.

How long has the school been in existence?
We obtained our charter in 1997.

Is there morning and after school care?
We offer both morning and after school care. Please call the office at 919-908-1600 for more details.

What are the school’s hours?
The school day begins at 8:00 AM (Drop-off begins at 7:35) and ends at 3:45 (Pick-up begins at 3:30) Monday-Friday.

Is this an alternative school?
No. Our school is a state funded tuition-free public charter school. We accept ALL children and believe ALL children can be scholars at Maureen Joy. We provide transportation and free lunch so there are no barriers to attending Maureen Joy. Additionally, we do have Exceptional Children, Speech, and English as a Second Language services for scholars who qualify.

Again, our school provides a traditional rigorous academic program designed to lead scholars to advanced proficiency on the Common Core and prepare them for success in high school and college. Additionally, our scholars go to school for up to eight hours each day and must meet exceptionally high behavior standards, including adherence to a strict uniform code and code of conduct.

How can I report a discrimination complaint?
If you wish to file a Civil Rights complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online here, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or click here to email. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.