Frequently Asked Questions (& Answers!)

Valley parents have many choices for educating their children: parochial schools, public and charter schools, homeschooling, online learning—even other schools that specialize in teaching students with learning difficulties. We are the ONLY school, however, that combines these essential components for effective learning and student success: 1) multisensory, research-based curriculum and experiential learning; 2) 15 or fewer kids in core classes; 3) an included, daily FLEX hour for remediation, acceleration, or enrichment in the lower and middle schools (optional in high school); 4) a small, family-like, positive, and encouraging learning atmosphere; and 5) highly-skilled teachers and administrators who are passionate about education and who understand how kids—especially those with learning differences—learn!

In addition, Jones-Gordon’s holistic day school program encompasses all aspects of a child’s growth, not only academically, but also socially, mentally, and physically. We offer speech/language and occupational therapy, conducted only by licensed/certified therapists (not assistants); a master’s level school social worker 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.

Jones-Gordon students are bright, capable kids with average to above average (gifted) intelligence who flourish in a structured, progressive, and encouraging learning environment. Many of our students have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilities (such as dyslexia or dyscalculia), attention deficits (ADD or ADHD), or anxiety disorders that can make learning in traditional schools less than ideal. 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!

Our school serves elementary, middle school, and high school students.  JGS students learn in flexible, age- and ability-based groupings, which allows us to accommodate different types of learners at various levels.

JGS students learn in classes with 15 students maximum per teacher. Our low, maximum student-to-teacher ratio ensures the utmost opportunity for success for each student. Additionally, there are many opportunities for even smaller groupings and 1-on-1 instruction (daily!). Schoolwide, we boast a nearly 3-to-1 staff-to-student ratio!

Our tuition is competitive with other private schools. Unequivocally, JGS parents feel that with the amount of individualized attention and the quality of our curriculum and teachers, our tuition is a great value. And, the amount of success their children have achieved is priceless! Please see our Tuition, Aid, & Scholarships page for more specifics.

We are committed to providing a high-quality education to as many students as possible. Our need-based scholarship program is funded by Arizona State Income Tax Credits for individuals and corporations, who donate to School Tuition Organizations (STOs). Scholarships are then awarded to students who apply directly to the STOs. Please see our Tuition, Aid, & Scholarships page for more specifics.

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 state-funded program.

Jones-Gordon is located in beautiful Paradise Valley, Arizona, south of Shea Blvd on the corner of Doubletree Ranch Rd and Tatum Blvd. Please see our contact page for the address and a map to our school.

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!

The Jones-Gordon School was created to address the unmet academic needs of high-potential children with learning differences in the metro Phoenix, Arizona area.

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; personalized, one-to-one and small group instruction; and non-institutional environment provide a clear alternative to larger, clinically-modeled schools and mainstream schools.

JGS was first founded as On-Track Academy in 2010, as an extension of On-Track Tutoring’s long-running homeschooling support program. Both The Jones-Gordon School and On-Track Tutoring are a part of Herzberg Educational Services, Inc., and are owned and operated by Dana Herzberg, M.Ed., and her team of professionals. We have a long history of educating and supporting students of all abilities, as On-Track Tutoring has been a leader in instructing students with and without learning differences since 1999.