Cultivating Strengths, Transforming Lives.

With a truly customized education, diverse learners in Grades 1-12 thrive at The Jones-Gordon School! 

JGS is a college preparatory private school serving elementary, middle, and high school students in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The majority of our 160 students have been diagnosed with dyslexia or other learning difference, but with proper intervention, have been able to achieve their academic (& life!) goals. The majority of our graduates transition from JGS to the 4-year university of their choosing. 

Our mission

Our mission is to provide an unparalleled, personalized education with a “whole child” approach. JGS’s progressive program successfully fosters academic, social, and emotional growth. We help students shape their strengths and talents into advantages uniquely suited for problem-solving and critical thinking in the 21st century.

We accomplish our goal of making academic success attainable through differentiated instruction, multisensory methods, and experiential curriculum. To cultivate each student’s love of learning, our academic environment is nurturing and constructive and is supported by an extensive, knowledgeable team of collaborative professionals who are teachers and mentors.

Our core values

  • Have a vision: be creative
  • Aspire to learn: be curious
  • Lean into struggle: be resilient 
  • Understand your journey: be courageous
  • Stop and think: be mindful
  • Own our culture: be kind

Our students

Our students are bright, creative thinkers who may learn a little differently or see the world from an uncommon perspective; so, we’ve created a school just for them—a school tailored to meet each student’s needs. JGS students possess average to above average (or gifted) intelligence, and often have one or more specific learning differences (such as dyslexia), attention issues (such as ADHD), or are affected by anxiety. We’re successful because we believe it’s our job to teach the way they learn…and that’s exactly what we do!

Please know that JGS is not designed to meet the needs of children whose educational plan focuses on improving conduct. Prospective students with behaviors that impede the learning environment of other students are not considered for admission.  

Our story

The Jones-Gordon School’s founder, Head of School, (and driving force!) is Dana Herzberg. In 1999, Dana first founded On-Track Tutoring with the vision of helping struggling students achieve academic success.

Over time, through her teaching, tutoring, and consulting experience, Dana recognized the need for a different kind of school in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area—a school for high-potential students with learning differences. In 2010, JGS was founded in order to fill the need for an educational environment dedicated to these diverse learners.

We’ve built our reputation by employing only outstanding educators and using state-of-the-art, research-validated curriculum. JGS parents have high standards and expect proven outcomes for their children, and we deliver.

Want to learn more about Dana? Read her story here!