Academy of the Arts

  • Acadmy of the Arts

    The Jackson School District's Academy of the Arts opened in September 2017. It offers focused study in three different strands:

    • Vocal Music
    • Instrumental Music
    • Studio and Graphic Art

    This academy will serve as a catalyst for students who possess proven aptitude and interests to realize their creative potential.  The program provides a personalized and rigorous environment that fosters experiential, performance-based educational opportunities and contributes to the cultural enrichment of a global society.

    The Academy of the Arts will assist students in their discovery and development of their unique skills and talents through an intense four-year focused learning experience.  This integrated arts and academic program combines high standards, critical thinking and whole-person development as an approach to learning.

    Students interested in being chosen for the Academy of the Arts must fill out an application and complete an audition.

    What Will I Study?

    In our other Academies, students travel through their subject-area academic courses together and then take electives with classmates outside of the Academy. In the Academy of the Arts, students will take elective classes within their strand with a cohort of Academy students with similar interests. In many cases the Academy-level electives will be advanced electives unique to Academy students.

    Some examples of those courses throughout the three strands would be Honors Music Theory 1& 2/Piano Lab, Concert Choir, Diction for Singers, Honors Music Technology, Honors Arranging and Conducting, Honors Advanced Acting & Theatrical History, Advanced Drama, Speech and Drama, Stage and Lighting Design, Singing for Theatre, Honors Costumes and Makeup, Honors Studio Art 1, 2 and 3, AP Studio 2D Design, Honors Drawing, Honors Graphics 2&3, Honors US World History, and JAA Honors Senior Practicum.

    Students in the Academy of the Arts still have the ability to take Honors or AP classes in other content areas (e.g. math, history, science, English).

    See our Course Progressions for each Strand:


    View the Audition Requirement for each strand:  Auditions will be scheduled for all three strands on February 12, 2022 - at Jackson Liberty High School for both Goetz and McAuliife Applicants.


    How Can I Talk to Someone More 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; or you can contact the Director of Curriculum, Theresa Licitra, at 732-415-7018.  


Academy of the Arts Video

Applying to the JAA

  •  Link to Jackson Academy of the Arts Application

    All Academy Applications closed on JANUARY 21, 2022 for the September 2022 school year.

    Auditions for all JAA Strands will be on Saturday, Feb.12, 2022 at Jackson Liberty High School for both Goetz and McAuliffe students.

    You will be contacted about the TIME of your audition on or before Jan. 31, 2022.

    If you are interested in applying to the Vocal, Instrumental or Art Program - submit your application by 1/21/22. 

    Please CONTACT teachers directly for more information:

    GOETZ: Mr. McCarthy - BAND;  Ms. Eisenschmied - VOCAL; Mrs. Callahan and Mrs. Lee - ART

    McAULIFFE:  Ms. Katona - BAND; Ms. Morgan - VOCAL; Mrs. North and Mrs. Murphy - ART



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.