In 2002, six educators were teaching in a public school district when their beloved student, Joshua, unexpectedly passed away. After years of frustration over the constraints of traditional education, these six teachers vowed to use this tragedy for good and founded The Joshua School. The vision was simple….if a child had one day left on this earth it had to be the most meaningful and magical day of their lives. That vision then expanded into the Joshua philosophies which guide our daily teaching.
Dignity is the birthright of every human being.
Find meaning in everything you do.
Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Honor each child’s unique mind, body, and spirit.
Teach to build each child’s own interests, talents and dreams.
Start small, move slowly.
The Joshua School began serving children with developmental disabilities in October of 2005, and rapidly grew into one of the most outstanding autism spectrum disorder treatment facilities in the country. The preschool program at The Joshua School, Joshua Early Intervention, began to thrive and in 2011 this program expanded to serve children of all abilities. This was the beginning of Joshua Academy. Joshua Early Intervention and Joshua Academy are currently located in Cenntennial since April 2016, as the new Joshua Early Childhood Center!
We are thrilled to continue to expand upon that original vision that was created by our founders in 2002!
Founders Theresa Richter (left) and Katherine Barnes (right) with one of our students at blocks center!