STEM Academy



    The Jackson School District's STEM Academy offers interested and qualifying 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 on or before JANUARY 21, 2022 and take an entrance exam.

    The STEM Academy Entrance Exam will be on Feb. 12, 2022 at 9 a.m. at Liberty HS Lecture Hall for students at BOTH Goetz and McAuliffe.

    Students that can not attend February 12th must attend a makeup session at their school.

    McAuliffe students - Wednesday, February 16th - Room 112 - 2:30 - 4:30

    Goetz students - Thursday, February 17th - IMC - 2:30 - 4:30

    Students staying for the make-up exam sessions need to be picked up at 4:30.  No transportation will be provided.  

    Students should bring their district issued chromebooks fully charged to the testing site.  

    High School Course Progression:

    View the  STEM Academy Course Progression 

    Revisions to the current progression were made based on feedback from students, alumni, teachers, parents and administration.  Students currently enrolled in the STEM Academy can follow the guidelines listed in the Progression document.  

    General 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

    • Lori Henry, Science & Math Supervisor at 732-833-4600, ext. 4222.



STEM Academy Video

Applying to the STEM Academy

Academy Application/ Acceptance Timeline


    All Jackson Academy Applications for 2022-2023 are now closed.

    Notification Emails will be sent at the end of the day on Friday, March 4th, 2022.

    On or before Friday, March 11th - Students to email their final intent

    Application Window closed on JANUARY 21, 2022 for September 2022 admission.

    Academy classes are planned at both of our high schools.

    • Placement Exams and Auditions - more details will be posted soon:
      • STEM: Feb. 12, 2022 - at Liberty HS Lecture Hall for students at BOTH Goetz and McAuliffe (9AM)
      • JAA: Feb. 12, 2022 - at Liberty HS for all three strands; for students at BOTH Goetz and McAuliffe (9-3PM)
      • JAB: Feb. 9, 2022 - at GOETZ for all Goetz applicants (from 2:30 to 3:30 PM) - Room TBA
      • JAB: Feb. 10, 2022 - at McAULIFFE for all McAuliffe applicants (from 2:30 to 3:30 PM) - Room TBA
    • Students may apply to more than one Academy, but must complete a separate application for each Academy. For JAA, they must complete separate applications if applying to each individual strand (Vocal, Instrumental, or Art).
    • Once you submit your ONLINE APPLICATION, you will be notified on or before Jan. 31, 2022 of your placement exam and/or audition date and time.
    • Notices for all Academy Acceptances (DMA, JAA, JAB, STEM) will be sent in March 2022.