Academy 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, 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 the Vocal and Instrumental strand: Auditions will take place at the students' school in February. After the applications close, students will be notified of the day and time for their audition. .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
Applying to the JAA
Deadline Extended to Feb. 6, 2024 at 9 a.m.
After viewing the information on this page, if you have additional questions or want to talk more - please CONTACT teachers directly for more information:
GOETZ: Mr. McCarthy - BAND; Ms. Noble - VOCAL; Mrs. Soden - ART
McAULIFFE: Ms. Katona - BAND; Ms. O'Keeffe - VOCAL; Mrs. Murphy - ART
View the Audition Requirement for each strand: Auditions will be scheduled for all three strands in February 2024 for both Goetz and McAuliffe Applicants. Auditions will take place at the middle schools. Students will be notified of the date and location for their audition after they apply.
Academy Application/ Acceptance Timeline
Applications will open on the website on Friday, January 12, 2024
Application Deadline EXTENDED TO Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m.
STEM Entrance Exam - Saturday, February 10, 2024
All applications are due Feb. 6, 2024 by 9 a.m. (Late applications will NOT be accepted)
Notices of Academy Acceptances will be sent on Friday, March 1, 2024 for all Academies of Learning.
All applications are located on each Academy's page.