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 four different strands:

    • Vocal Music
    • Instrumental Music
    • Studio and Graphic Art
    • Theatre, Musical Theatre and Drama

    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 four 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:


    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.

Academy of the Arts Video

How do I Apply?

  • JSD PARENT ACADEMY NIGHT for 8th grade students at both Goetz and McAuliffe Middle Schools:

    Join us on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019

    from 6PM to 7PM for our JACKSON ACADEMY NIGHT

    at Jackson Memorial High School Fine Arts Center.

    Students interested in applying for the Academy will need to submit an online application and will be called to audition.

    This Application is for ALL four strands of the Academy. If you wish to apply to more than one strand within the Academy of the Arts, please fill out a separate application for each strand.

    PERFORMANCE AUDITION DATES FEBRUARY 8, 2020 for all four strands for both Goetz and McAuliffe students.  Auditions will be held at Jackson LIBERTY HS.  You will be notified of your audition time.

    All applicants will be contacted directly to schedule an audition.  


    Vocal Music

    Instrumental Music

    Studio Art/Graphic Art

    Theatre/Musical Theatre /Drama

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.


                           - McAuliffe, February 11th - 2:30 in the IMC

                           -  Goetz, February 12th - 2:30 in the IMC

    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.