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.
What Will I Study?
View the STEM Academy Course Progression for the STEM AcademyGeneral 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
- Robert Rotante, Director of Curriculum for STEM at RJRotante@jacksonsd.org or 732-833-4670, ext. 4222.
- Tina Topoleski, Science Supervisor at TETopoleski@jacksonsd.org or 732-833-4600, ext. 4222.
Orientation Meetings for accepted students and parents
Goetz students attending JMHS - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:00 PM - meeting is at the Goetz Schoool
McAuliffe students attending JLHS - Thursday, Math 23, 2019 4:00 PM - meeting is at the McAuliffe School
Class of 2019 Senior Recognition Night - Monday, June 10, 2019 6:00 PM - Liberty High School.
This event is for Seniors from both High Schools. Each Senior will be recognized individually for their accomplishments. Dessert and light refreshments will be served.
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.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24 from 6PM to 7PM at Jackson Liberty 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 application deadline is Jan. 11.
The STEM Entrance Exams will be held on the following dates. Students may take the exam on any date below, regardless of their home school.STEM Entrance Exam:
Makeup dates for Entrance Exam:Monday, February 11, 2019: 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM @ Goetz SchoolWednesday, February 13, 2019: 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM @ McAuliffe SchoolStudents can attend either makeup session - regardless of school currently attending
- Saturday, February 9, 2019: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Jackson Liberty High School
Academy Application/ Acceptance Timeline
Oct. 24 - All ACADEMY Online Applications are open for submission for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
Oct. - Grade 8 Academy Assembly Presentation to Goetz Students
Oct. - Grade 8 Academy Assembly Presentation to McAuliffe students
Oct. 23 - Parent JSD Academy Information Night 6 p.m. at JLHS for both Goetz & McAuliffe Families
January 13, 2020 - Application Deadline
February 2020 - Entrance Exams and/or Auditions, where applicable (view each strand for dates/times)
Week of March 2, 2020 - Acceptance Letters Sent
March 16, 2020 - Students and Parents Confirm Acceptance Into Selected Academy by end of day Monday, 3/16.