About Maureen Joy.
Maureen Joy Charter School is a free K-8 public charter school located in Durham, North Carolina. Our school is tuition free and open to the public. We focus on college-preparatory academics and character development to build our students into well-rounded citizens prepared for high school, college, and the world beyond.

ANNUAL REPORTS: 2013 2014 2015

Our Mission.
Maureen Joy Charter School exists to provide its students with the academic and character skills necessary to succeed in the high school, college, and the world beyond.

Our Promise.


We believe that good teachers are the key to student learning. We put the utmost priority on hiring and developing great teachers who get results and create a positive, and engaging learning environment.


We believe that structure and safety ensure students learn. Our students wear uniforms and have to meet high behavioral expectations. Additionally, our small size allows us to develop close relationships with students and their parents, enabling us to ensure safety and make a bigger impact on their academic achievement and character development.


We believe that a little more time spent at school each day means a lot more time spent learning. Beginning academic year 2014-15, our day will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 3:45 Monday - Friday. MJCS students spend nearly a month more time in school and on task than in traditional schools.
Maureen Joy Charter School is a charter public school and therefore operates under a different set of guidelines than a traditional public school. Our school is governed by an independent non-profit Board of Directors and therefore has the flexibility and autonomy to establish unique rules and expectations regarding how the school is managed and operated.

All Board Meetings are open to the public and take place at the school from 6:30-8:30 PM on the second Monday of every month, unless otherwise noted. Please sign up 24 hours in advance if you would like to be included in the public comments section of the meeting. In order to sign up, send an email to bod@joycharter.org, or call us at (919) 908 1600. Our next board meeting will take place on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The Maureen Joy Board will meet for a retreat to discuss capacity, which may include a closed session to discuss a contract. Check the Calendar to confirm meeting dates/times.

Helen Bryant

Mike Martin

Molly Demarest

Aliyah Abdur-Rahman
Board Member

Tiffany Graves
Board Member

Reginald J. Johnson
Board Member

Dawayne Whittington
Board Member

Frequently Asked Questions.

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?
We have 475 scholars this year. Next year we will have roughly 550.

Do you provide busing?
Yes, we provide busing for most locations in the Durham area. You will need to talk to Mrs. Robinson our Bus Supervisor (919-908-1601) for specifics. You can do this after you learn of your child's acceptance to the lottery.

How are your scores?
In 2012-13 80.5% of our scholars scored proficient or advanced in Reading or Math. 95% of our scholars scored proficient in Science. 100% of scholars were proficient in the Algebra I assessment. We were a North Carolina School of Distinction in 2011-12 and have been cited as one of only 13 charter schools in the state that have had achieved four consecutive years as a school of high-growth. More information about Joy's success can be found on our Results page.

What specials or enrichment activities do you offer?
All of our students participate in: Art, Music, PE, Computers, Character Education, Community Time, Enrichment/Remediation/Study Hall.

Elective include KidzNotes, StudentU, Movement of Youth, STEP Team, Coding Club, Carolina Dance Project and Yearbook. Sports include Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, and Track and Field. We plan to add more sports each year.

Students also participate in frequent field trips and festivities such as Field Day and other Social Events.

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?
22 students per class.

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?
Yes. Please call the office at 919-908-1600 for more details.

What is the “theme” of the school?
Our school is based on three basic pillars, Great Teaching and More Time on Task in a Safe and Structured Environment. Our students have the opportunity to go to school in a small and highly structured school environment, with outstanding teachers and committed administrators. We have smaller class sizes than the regular public schools. Parents comment that they are happy with our school because our teachers are effective, their children feel challenged and the staff is accessible and responsive.

What are the school's hours?
Beginning with academic year 2014-2015, we start at 8:00 AM (Drop-off begins at 7:35) and end 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 for these services.

Again, our school provides 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.