Frequently Asked Questions (& Answers!)
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!
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 (dyslexia), attention deficits (ADD or ADHD), twice exceptionalities (giftedness coupled with one or more learning or attention challenges), 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!
JGS students learn in classes of up to 10. 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 program.
Jones-Gordon is now located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just 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; individualized, 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.
Jones-Gordon’s philosophy is that by educating the “whole child,” students will meet high expectations and challenges when given the opportunity to do so, regardless of their challenges. When students are given the tools to build confidence and knowledge, they can achieve academic success. Our goal is to equip each student with the skills required to be an independent, life-long learner; our mission is to inspire a passion for learning and to encourage each student to develop a sense of academic independence, responsibility, dedication and self-discipline.