Digital Media Academy

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    The Jackson Academy of Digital Media is an exciting program that immerses students in the world of film and television production during all four years of their high school career. The program gives students extensive experience in one of three career pathways: Filmmaking & Scripted Television, Broadcast Television & Unscripted Entertainment or Cinematic Production & Design.

    As part of the Academy, students will develop, shoot, edit and package full-length television shows and feature films and have the opportunity to earn college credits and scholarships to post-secondary institutions when continuing their education in the field.

    Students interested in being chosen for the Digital Media Academy must fill out an application.

    What Will I Study?

    There are three distinct pathways from which Digital Media Academy students must choose by the end of their junior year. They are: Digital Filmmaking & Scripted Television, Broadcast Television and Scripted Entertainment and Cinematic Production & Design.

    For a list of all the courses we offer, see our separate Digital Media Academy Website

    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. 

    You can also email us at

Digital Media 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 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jackson Memorial HS Fine Arts Auditorium

    Students interested in applying for the academy will need to submit an online application.  This is the entrance qualification along with enrolling in the DMA class as a Freshman.

    • Digital Media Academy Application: Students must complete the online application to indicate their request to apply; and then enroll in the Digital Media Academy Class as a Freshman.

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.