Valley parents have many choices for educating their children: parochial schools, public and charter schools, homeschooling, online learning—even schools who 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) 10 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 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!