Lower School enrollment begins with grade 1. JGS does not have early childhood or kindergarten classrooms.
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.). Students receive one-on-one and small group instruction each day to support reading, writing, math and executive function skills in multi-age and ability-based groupings.
Humanities, comprised of English, History and the Arts, brings literacy to life and fosters creativity, research, knowledge and critical-thinking skills. Students learn the fundamentals of reading through specialized multisensory language/literacy programs. Readers of all ages explore various types of literature via thematic units studied throughout the year. JGS students become authors through daily writing instruction tied to engaging themes, response to literature, and quarterly showcase projects. History evolves as part of the interdisciplinary study of humanities, promoting analytical thinking, problem solving and a greater understanding of the connection between the past and present.
Math is fun at The Jones-Gordon School! Our teachers employ the best research-based programs and strategies to ensure math success for every student. Through the use of hands-on activities, stories, songs, rhymes and art, our students learn to conceptualize and understand the fundamentals of mathematics. While Singapore Math is our primary math curriculum, other programs and methodologies are chosen based on each child’s pre-assessment, current level, and established goals.
Aligned with our thematic humanities topics, our science program is engaging, investigative, and promotes problem-solving skills. Our hands-on program cultivates scientific exploration for students of all ages. In Lower School STEM classes, science, technology, engineering, and math are integrated into lessons that focus on solving real-world challenges.
Every child at JGS has access to his/her own laptop for school use. Using Google G Suite and interactive software, students become experts in using technology to support their learning.
Incorporated into the humanities curriculum and offered as a weekly specials program, 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!
The Jones-Gordon School partners with several organizations and individuals to provide the highest quality Occupational Therapy, Speech/Language Therapy and Counseling. Services are available on-campus during the school day to support our comprehensive approach to education.
JGS conducts annual testing using a variety of assessment tools (WJ-III, KTEA-3, GORT-V, FAR, CTOPP, etc.) based on each child’s needs and program focus. Data and sample assignments are collected by teachers regularly to build a working progress portfolio. Individualized goals are established at the onset based on assessment data and teacher observations. Twice yearly parent-teacher conferences encourage ongoing, open communication regarding each child’s progress towards goals.