STEM Academy



    The Jackson School District's STEM Academy offers interested 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 and take an entrance exam.


    High School Course Progression:

    View the revised STEM Academy Course Progression for the incoming freshman class (Class of 2024)

    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


    Upcoming Events:


    STEM Academy Senior Recognition night scheduled for May 18th has been cancelled.  A special presentation is being put together for all Seniors and will be shared with the class soon. 


    The 8th grade orientation programs for the incoming high school students (Class of 2024) scheduled for May 19th and 20th are cancelled.  All incoming STEM Academy students will receive an infomational email by Friday, May 22nd containing all information and contacts for additional questions.  



STEM 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 6PM to 7PM at Jackson Memorial HS Fine Arts Auditorium

    Students interested in applying for the STEM Academy will need to submit an online application and must take a STEM Entrance Exam prior to being considered. 


    The STEM Entrance Exams will be held in February 2020 - there will be a date for each Middle School.  Dates will be announced on or before January 24th, 2020 for the February testing schedule.


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.