2300 Lowden St. | Raleigh, NC 27608 | Phone: (919) 856-7650 | FAX: (919) 856-7661
For the 3rd Consecutive Year, JY Joyner has been recognized as a National Magnet School of Excellence by the Magnet Schools of America. This is the highest award level a school can attain and each year less than 60 schools in the entire country are recognized at this level. We are truly appreciative to all who have made this recognition possible. It is a very well-deserved honor for our school and school community.
Joyner is a Center for Spanish Language. All students K-5 have daily Spanish instruction with most students conversational by the end of 5th grade. Students also learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries. At Joyner, you will frequently see girls in brightly colored full skirts and boys in sombreros learning dances from all over Central and South America, and Spain. Spanish Cultural Dance performances are a tradition at Joyner with our students showing off their moves to a Latin beat wearing brightly colored costumes, making it a parent favorite! A student favorite is the annual Day of the Dead celebration. Students learn all about the Día de los Muertos holiday by making sugar skulls! Our Spanish Teachers incorporate technology into their daily curriculum through the use of Promethean Interactive Whiteboards (students eagerly come to the board to click, drag, and listen), Voice Threads (students record and playback themselves practicing in Spanish), Culture Grams (a program that teaches international geography and culture) and video conferencing (our students video chat with native Spanish speakers in different parts of the world!)
Joyner is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) Magnet School which emphasizes community service to promote international understanding and responsible citizenship. We develop cultural understanding through art, music, and dance. Joyner creates a learning environment in which students use structured inquiry to help construct their own knowledge; strengthen literacy and communication skills in English and Spanish; increase positive, cross-cultural attitudes; and create an understanding of their world through community involvement and collaboration.
Belize - Joyner teachers traveled to Belize in 2010 bringing much needed books, playground equipment, and personal hygiene items to impoverished students. The entire JY Joyner community participate in collecting donations and items for the trip. While in Belize, the Joyner teachers and the Belize students video conferenced with Joyner students.
Joyner students presented at the World View Conference in 2010 about their experience and that of their teachers and what they learned through their hands on experience at being global citizens!
Haiti - In 2011, a group of about 15 Joyner teachers, assistants, spouses and parents will be traveling to Haiti over Spring Break. They will be taking hygiene kits and school kits with them for the victims of the earthquake. Our students helped collect all the items and raised money for shipping them to Haiti. One fundraiser involved our teachers sleeping in tents in our gym overnight!!
Heifer International - Joyner Principal Mr. Knott celebrates his birthday each year by asking they Joyner community to help raise money for Heifer International. Joyner has bought Mr. Knott a cow, a water buffalo, a goat and a flock of geese for needy villages throughout the world.
Spanish Dances - At Joyner, you will frequently see girls in brightly colored full skirts and boys in sombreros learning dances from all over Central and South America. Spanish Cultural Dance performances are a tradition at Joyner with our students showing off their moves to a Latin beat wearing brightly colored costumes, making it a parent favorite!
International Parade - During International Week, we dress up in traditional costumes of our own heritage and parade through the halls of Joyner. From Viet Nam, Germany, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile, Canada and many more countries are represented every year!
Character Education Night - This special night gives Joyner students and their families a chance to perform community service together with Joyner teachers and staff. This year students made baby blankets, pet toys, book marks, coloring books, musical instruments for the sick and needy. They also packed up 500 hygiene kits for their teachers to take to Haiti this Spring!