JGS Middle School 2019-01-07T22:48:52+00:00

JGS Intermediate/Middle School, grades 5-8

In many ways, Jones-Gordon’s Intermediate/Middle School seems like a traditional middle school model. Rotating throughout the school day, our students enjoy diverse subject matter and varied teaching styles. Unlike conventional middle schools, however, our students benefit from small class sizes with a maximum 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Additionally, we develop students’ key executive function skills (organization, planning, time management, etc.); incorporate social/emotional learning to foster students’ confidence and independence; and offer daily FLEX Hours for remediation, acceleration, and/or enrichment. Students also participate in monthly field studies and community service/service learning projects to ensure a rigorous, appropriately challenging, and well-rounded education. JGS students successfully transition to high school and continue their studies with consistent success!

Humanities, comprised of English, History and the Arts, brings literacy to life and fosters creativity, research, knowledge and critical-thinking skills. Students explore various types and levels of literature via thematic units and project-based learning. They 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.
 Our concepts-based, differentiated approach ensures that students meet their math goals while building an essential foundation. Whether in addition, multiplication, algebra or geometry, our students master content and concepts and gain confidence in their math abilities.
Our hands-on, investigative, experiment-based science curriculum engages students in the scientific process. Our robust, introductory STEM track prepares students for high school classes and tech-infused college programs and careers. Topics explored include computer programming/coding, model building, graphic design, multimedia, construction, and more.
Experiential learning is a pivotal part of what we do at JGS! Each quarter, students choose from a rotation of electives such as Speech and Debate, Music, Journalism and more.
Every student at JGS has access to laptops in every class for school use. Google’s G Suite and other software and apps engage students as they become experts in using technology to enhance and support their learning. 
TECHNOLOGY SPECIALS: Our 21st-century learners also use technology in the specials classrooms. Students use the tech skills they develop in class to create visual projects such as advertisements, blueprints, coats of arms, magazines, and even their own inventions.

ART: 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, established at the onset and revised as students and the year progresses, are based on assessment data and teacher observations. Twice yearly parent-teacher conferences encourage ongoing, open communication regarding each child’s progress toward academic, social/emotional, and executive function goals.
“Gone are the days when homework was a struggle, reading was frustrating and spelling was impossible. Now we have days that are filled with endless possibilities and smiles!”
- parent of a JGS 6th grade student