Frequently Asked Questions (& Answers!)
Whatever the reason, JGS students have often had difficulty performing to their best ability in more conventional schools or classrooms, but at The Jones-Gordon School, they thrive!
Additionally, families interested in receiving support are encouraged to explore the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship requirements and qualifications to see if they are eligible for some level of funding through this program. A great number of our students are!
In addition, Jones-Gordon’s wholistic day school program encompasses all aspects of a child’s growth, not only academically, but also socially, emotionally, physically. We offer speech/language and occupational therapy, conducted only by licensed/certified therapists (not assistants); a master’s level school social worker, BCBA, and school psychologist for executive function and social skills as well as emotional support; and we team with other professionals as needed so that all of our students have the support they need—all on campus. Our curriculum materials meet and exceed Arizona state standards, providing our students the freedom to transition to more traditional schools or colleges if they so choose.
JGS’s successful student behavioral program also sets us apart from other schools. In lieu of a punitive system, Jones-Gordon firmly believes in the desirable outcomes associated with token economy and positive reinforcement systems—effective forms of behavior modification. The advantages of token economies are many: positive behaviors are rewarded immediately, the use of consequences is less restrictive, and students are able to learn the skills related to planning for the future!
Because The Jones-Gordon School uses differentiated instructional approaches to college-preparatory academics, students are often able to return to mainstream educational settings if they choose to do so. Upon leaving our program, JGS students are armed with the skills necessary to pursue further educational, professional, and life goals!
Our idyllic campus has large, comfortable classrooms; private tutorial/FLEX hour rooms; a student union; occupational therapy and weight room equipment; a large indoor “maker space” and play area; ample room for all of our critters (lizards, dogs, and more!); and plenty of outdoor space for play, exercise, and learning opportunities!
Students whose achievement has suffered because of difficulty learning in a traditional classroom need an opportunity to break old cycles of failure and frustration. JGS teachers provide an atmosphere that both challenges and nurtures each student, and our curriculum fosters each child’s maximum potential using research-based teaching methods. Additionally, JGS’s small class sizes; individualized, one-to-one and small group instruction; and non-institutional environment provide a clear alternative to larger, clinically-modeled schools and mainstream schools.
Please know that JGS is not a therapeutic environment, and our program is not designed to meet the needs of children whose primary difficulties are emotional or behavioral.