About Joyner

Winner of the Project Schools Making a Difference Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Joyner MicroSociety School is innovative and focused on students creating a microcosm of the real world inside the school. Each student has a role in running that world. Young entrepreneurs produce goods and services, elected officials establish laws, peace officers keep the peace, judges arbitrate disputes and reporters track down stories. All citizens earn wages in the school'sown currency, micro-bucks, and they invest in product ideas, bank and borrow money and pay taxes and rent. At Joyner, academics follow state standards while our innovative curriculum prepares students for real-world success.

About Joyner

Our school was built to be 21st century state-of-the-art facility. The taxpayers of San Diego invested in our school, through school bonds, to build a brand-new Florence Griffith Joyner MicroSociety Magnet School in the historic City Heights neighborhood.

We opened in 2007 with a campus full of special features: a fantastic library, sleek modern design that makes coming to school a pleasure, an exciting playground, enormous grass playing fields and classrooms full of the latest technology.

Joyner Facts
Joyner Facts
  • Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Mascot: Jaguar
  • School Colors: Navy blue and gold
  • Enrollment: 650
  • Special Programs Offered
    • MicroSociety Magnet
    • Title I
    • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
    • Exploratory Music
    • Ocean Discovery
    • PrimeTime Extended Day Program (ASES)

We take our name from one of the greatest Olympians of modern history, acclaimed track star Florence Griffith Joyner. She quickly sprinted to attention for implementing the MicroSociety School program, a national network of schools that utilize an innovative design in which students create a microcosm of the real world.

Our program attracts students from all over the city into our magnet school. This is because Joyner creates students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders.

With the support of the local community and businesses throughout San Diego, Joyner has become a innovative school reshaping the way children learn.

About Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998)

One of the most memorable moments of the 20th century was when Florence Griffith Joyner became an Olympic track and field champion during the 1988 Seoul games. It was then that the phenomenon known as "Flo Jo" emerged. With her flashy running outfits, long hair, and brightly painted fingernails, she captured four medals and the attention of the world with her speed, grace, and charm.

Athletically, Flo Jo elevated women's track to a higher level as she broke world records in the 100 and 200-meter events. This feat earned her the title "World's Fastest Woman." Perhaps as astonishing was Flo Jo's range of talents outside the track realm. She excelled in the fields of fashion design, acting, writing, sports casting as well as being a wife and mother. One of her most impressive achievements was her appointment as co-chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She was an eloquent spokeswoman who shared her expertise and enthusiasm for fitness with the nation.

Flo Jo's success is especially great when her beginnings are considered. She began her life in the projects of South Central Los Angeles. The values of independence and individualism were instilled in her household from an early age. When she was seven, Florence began running. She was a star athlete by adolescence, as well as a straight-A student. Flo Jo was a true role model. Her excellence in all endeavors inspired fans to achieve their own great heights. The image of Flo Jo, victorious, waving the American flag at the Seoul Olympics stands as a testament to this legend that defined the "American Dream."

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