Joan Macy School

About The Joan Macy School

The Joan Macy School (JMS) was founded in 1989 as a specialized non-public school for at risk adolescent girls in David & Margaret Youth and Family Services’ residential program. Today, JMS has expanded its programs to also serve community students grades 1-12 referred by local school districts.  


JMS is a certified non-public school recognized by the California Department of Education to provide special education, behavior intervention, counseling, and guidance. JMS also provides language and speech development in accordance with each student's individualized educational plan.


Joan Macy School works with children and adolescents whose needs and problems can be quite complex. Our students may have been identified as displaying emotionally difficulties, having a learning disability, or displaying maladaptive behavior. Many have anxiety, hyperactivity, impulse control disorders, an array of emotional difficulties, auditory and visual processing delays and behavior disorders. 

The JMS mission is to provide a safe and enriched environment where students can develop academic, social, and vocational skills that will enable them to transition independently and successfully into the community.

JMS School Administration


Monica Kirk

Program Assistants

Claudia Enriquez

Tammy Jack

JMS Board of Directors


Robert A. Dalton                 

School District Administrator Central School District, Retired


Vice President

Claudia Farmer                   

Library Media Teacher, Pomona USD, Retired



Cathy Shehan                     

School District Administrator Bonita USD, Retired


Sharon L. Nagel                              

School District Administrator Central School District, Retired

Board Directors

Dan Lewis

Sharon L. Nagel                              

Karen Nehrenz

Carol A. Painter                               

Connie Shumaker

Cindy Walkenbach

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