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 or Instrumental Music
    • Studio and Graphic Art
    • Theatre and Drama
    • Dance (dependent on enrollment) 


    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 Music Theory 2, Diction for Singers, Instrumental Arranging Honors, Conducting, Theatrical History, Advanced Drama, Speech and Drama, Studio Dance, Advanced Acting, Stage and Lighting Design, Singing for Theatre, Costumes and Makeup, Honors Studio Art 1, 2 and 3, AP Studio 2D Design, Ballet, Jazz, HipHop, Modern Movement.

    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?

Academy Application/ Acceptance Timeline

  • December 1, 2017   - Online Applications Available (after 2 p.m.)

    January 19th, 2018 - Application Deadline

    February 1, 2018 to February 16, 2018 - Auditions/ Interviews/ Assessments (Where Applicable)

    March 1, 2018 - Acceptance Letters Sent

    March 19, 2018 - Students and Parents Confirm Acceptance Into Selected Academy