The Jackson School District's STEM Academy offers interested students an educational experience that emphasizes the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
This rigorous 21st century program will provide students with the STEM-capable skills needed to compete in a demanding global economy. STEM professions are currently the fastest growing fields in the workplace, yet the United States lags significantly in regard to producing STEM-capable workers.
The Jackson STEM Academy provides students with a focused curriculum in these areas. Students will graduate with the readiness for college and will have gained workplace experience in the STEM pathway of their choice. The Jackson Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will utilize an innovative educational model to provide your child with a rich, rigor filled educational experience. Our unique educational approach allows us to tailor an education that is specific to each learner.
Students interested in being chosen for the STEM Academy must fill out an application and take an entrance exam.
What Will I Study?
View the STEM Academy Course Progression for the STEM AcademyGeneral Information about the Academy?
Students may apply to more than one Academy, but must complete a separate application for each Academy.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the McAuliffe School Guidance office at (732) 833-4727 or the Goetz School Guidance office at (732) 833-4747.
If you have questions about the STEM Academy itself, you can call or email
- Robert Rotante, Director of Curriculum for STEM at RJRotante@jacksonsd.org or 732-833-4670, ext. 4222.
- Tina Topoleski, Science Supervisor at TETopoleski@jacksonsd.org or 732-833-4600, ext. 4222.
Entrance Exam - All applicants must sit for one of the exam sessions:
Saturday, February 8th - 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM @ Liberty High School
Tuesday, February 11th - 2:30 - 4:45 PM @ Goetz Middle School
Wednesday, February 12th - 2:30 - 4:45 @ McAuliffe Middle School
STEM Academy Video
How Do I Apply?
Join us for our JSD PARENT ACADEMY INFORMATION NIGHT for all current eighth grade families at both Goetz and McAuliffe on:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 from 6PM to 7PM at Jackson Memorial HS Fine Arts Auditorium
Students interested in applying for the STEM Academy will need to submit an online application and must take a STEM Entrance Exam prior to being considered.
The STEM Entrance Exams will be held in February 2020 - there will be a date for each Middle School. Dates will be announced on or before January 24th, 2020 for the February testing schedule.
Academy Application/ Acceptance Timeline
October 21, 2019 - Grade 8 Academy Assembly Presentation to McAuliffe students during the school day
October 23, 2019 - Grade 8 Academy Assembly Presentation to Goetz Students during the school day
October 23, 2019 - Parent JSD Academy Information Night 6:00 p.m. at JACKSON MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL for both Goetz and McAuliffe Families
October 24, 2019 - All ACADEMY Online Applications are open for submission for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
January 13, 2020 - Application Submission Deadline for all JSD Academies
January 24, 2020 - Dates for Entrance Exam (STEM/JAB) or Performance Auditions (JAA) will be posted on or before this date for the February 2020 Exam and/or Auditions for the 2020-2021 school year
February 8, 2020 - Entrance Exams (STEM) and all (JAA) Auditions - for Art, Vocal, Instrumental and Theatre - will be scheduled on this date (Saturday 2/8/20) - for both Goetz and McAuliffe student applicants - at Jackson LIBERTY HS. You will be notified of your time on or before January 24.
Week of March 2, 2020 - Acceptance Letters Sent for all Academies
March 16, 2020 - Students and Parents Confirm Acceptance Into Selected Academy by end of day Monday, 3/16.