Maureen Joy Charter School

  • NC


107 S. Driver Street
United States

About Us

WHO WE ARE: 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 with enrollment determined by an annual lottery. We focus on rigorous academics and fostering individual development to build our scholars into well-rounded leaders prepared for high school, college, and the world beyond.

OUR MISSION: Maureen Joy Charter School exists to develop the whole child through high-quality instruction, school-community partnerships, and the promotion of a positive self-identity.

OUR VISION: Every child finds joy in developing their academic potential and thriving as a leader in the community.


REFLECTION & REFINEMENT: We believe that our scholars should always get the very best their teachers have to offer, and that it is our responsibility to constantly better ourselves for them. We invest in this belief by providing our teachers high quality professional development and coaching opportunities throughout the year.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS: Working at Joy means working with committed, like-minded individuals who are driven by the urgent mission. We know this work is hard, but we also know that it is important and necessary to providing our scholars the opportunities they deserve.

CONSISTENCY: Our scholars deserve to learn in a safe, consistent environment in which they always know what is expected. We expect and support teachers in planning, executing, and managing the Joy way - which means scholars are supported, pushed, and loved, and celebrated.

TEAMWORK & COLLABORATION: We know that the best way to improve and create excellence is to utilize the strengths and talents of the individuals who work for us. Teachers collaborate in grade-level and content teams, work closely with their instructional coaches, and join together to lead in committees and scholar activities. We value an open-door policy in which we share resources, observe one another, and share best practices in order to achieve as a collective.

JOY!: Just as we push our scholars to enjoy the process of learning, we push the positive and celebrate the important work that we get to do. We share joy as a staff through announcements and celebrate one another during daily Morning Meetings. We share joy with our scholars and families by building excellent relationships and having fun each day in the classroom and during special events!