Lower School enrollment begins with grade 1. JGS does NOT have early childhood or kindergarten classrooms. All of our classes are multi-age and ability-based, with consideration given to each child’s social and emotional—as well as academic—needs.
Jones-Gordon’s Lower School program consists of small classes (with a low, 10:1 maximum student-to-teacher ratio), differentiated instruction, and multisensory curriculum. Students engage in hands-on learning experiences throughout the day, across all academic areas, with strong attention given to building critical executive function skills (time management, organization, planning, etc.). They receive small group and sometimes one-on-one instruction each day to support reading, writing, math, and social/emotional learning. Students also participate in monthly field studies and community service/service learning projects to ensure a rigorous, appropriately challenging, and well-rounded education.
ART: Incorporated into the humanities curriculum and offered as weekly specials classes, art provides an opportunity for self-expression and bringing imagination to life.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Indoor and outdoor exercise and physical fitness activities keep minds and bodies active.
COOKING: Strengthening real-world executive function skills (planning, following directions, etc.), students enjoy this edible and fun weekly class!
MUSIC: Teaches the concepts of tone, rhythm, melody, harmony, and tonality, as well as an appreciation for listening to and making music!
“At The Jones-Gordon School, our daughter has excelled beyond our expectations in so many areas.”