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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?
645 scholars are enrolled for the 2020-2021 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 via the front office - (919) 908-1601 - for specifics. Reference our Resources page for additional information. 
What enrichment activities do you offer?
Our elementary students participate in music, art, technology, and physical education during their Enrichment rotation. Middle school students select their enrichment class each semester from this list of options.
What is your SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Curriculum?
Our K-4 students participate in the Toolbox SEL curriculum, focused on developing 11 foundational tools for social and emotional health. Our middle school students (grades 5-8) participate in an Advisory curriculum based on the Responsive Classroom Model, focused on one unique tool/topic each week, and featuring a weekly Community Circle. 
What after school activities do you offer?
Afterschool elective options include KidzNotes, StudentU, STEP Team, Science Academy, Girls on the Run, and Art Club. 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 16:1 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.
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. During a typical school year, the Before Care program opens at 6:30 am, is open to drop-ins at $3 per day per student. Our After Care program is housed on campus but run separately. Participants must opt-in to After Care services on a monthly basis and all supervision is provided from 3:45 pm - 6:00pm. 
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.
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.