About Us

Joshua Academy is an innovative public Charter School providing tuition-free education opportunities for children in grades K-5.Filling the niche between private and public schools, we offer parents and students a choice to enroll in a school providing a unique learning environment, with the freedom to implement new teaching strategies and customize programs respecting the needs of the community.Although the organizers are religious leaders, religion is not part of the curriculum.

Our students come from many socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, and scholastic backgrounds. And, even with this diverse population of children, the standardized test scores are as high as or higher than other central city schools in Evansville.

Joshua Academy’s limited class sizes provide students with greater opportunities for participation, individual attention, and improved instruction. Our longer school hours, as well as an extended school calendar, provide students with additional instructional time and individualized learning. Uniforms are required in all grades, greatly enhancing our academic and social environment.

The school’s imaginative, integrated approach to learning is always focused on developing the whole child. Joshua Academy teaches all students how to give their best in both academics and character development.Through an aggressive educational program, we strive to challenge, motivate, and inspire our students to excellence, leadership, and personal achievement.

Our Story

Nazarene Baptist Church’s Reverend Larry Rascoe had a vision: to provide quality education, and a positive alternative, to an urban community whose predominantly disadvantaged children were academically- challenged. Established in 1998 with assistance from St. Mary’s Medical Center and the church, Joshua Academy originally operated as a Preschool through First Grade school.

In 2004, the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation acquired Charter School status on behalf of Joshua Academy, which then became Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

Our Mission

To provide a nurturing learning environment that allows children to uniquely develop into well-rounded individuals who can reach their fullest potential.

Our Vision

To be a holistic, morals-based educational program preparing students to become responsible, caring, and self-sufficient members of our community.

Our Challenge

For many urban children, their view of the world is the neighborhood in which they live.We aspire to provide each of our students with safe surroundings, enlightening experiences, and the incentive to reach for the stars!

It is our vision to continue to expand the Academy to accommodate additional children.Currently, admittance requests surpass availability and admission is determined by random lottery drawing.

The cost of educating a child at Joshua Academy exceeds State and Federal funds. We receive only 70% of our funding from the State of Indiana. All transportation costs – including bus maintenance – capital improvements, construction, and other expenses are the responsibility of the Academy.

Financial sustainabilty for a charter school is not possible without individual and corporate participation.Joshua Academy succeeds because of the love and sacrifice of a phenomenal group of parents, students, teachers, administrators, benefactors, and friends.There is nothing more emotionally charged than discussing the wellbeing and future of our children. The challenge is significant, will continue to increase in the future, and will require all of us to work creatively toward resolution.

A Message From Our Principal

I began my teaching career with a desire to make a difference in the lives of children – hoping to change the world.Or, perhaps to change the little bit of it that I touched.Over the years, I have learned that by inspiring children to ‘be the change’ with simple actions and individual accountability for issues such as bullying; respect and tolerance; environmental awareness; and animal rights, they will help make the world a better place...one step at a time!

Pamela Decker, Principal