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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What grades does George Jackson Academy serve?
    GJA is an all boys school, serving students in grades 6-8.
  • In which grade does GJA accept students?
    George Jackson Academy accepts students entering Grades 6 and 7.
  • Is George Jackson Academy a Catholic or charter school?
    No, GJA is an independent, nonsectarian school. It has no religious affiliation and is not run by the Archdiocese of New York. However, GJA honors Lasallian values: 1) Contributing positively to the community 2) Doing one’s personal best 3) Being open to intellectual, social and spiritual growth 4) Communicating love and understanding in every interaction We welcome students of all faiths.
  • Do George Jackson Academy students take city and state tests?
    On a school-wide level, all students take ERB tests that help assess progress against common benchmarks; these assist in our mission to help students earn admission and scholarships to competitive high schools, many of which rely on similar admissions tests.
  • What are the criteria for admissions?
    When selecting new students to join our community, we look at several areas: the student’s academic performance at his current school, admission test results and performance on Simulated School Day, a mock school day (by invitation only). We admit students who will have successful academic careers as well as fully participate in the school community. Ideal candidates typically have 3's and/or 4's or a B average on report cards and no negative disciplinary reports.
  • What is on the admissions test?
    Applicants will sit for the The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, which measures students’ verbal and quantitative abilities. The test is one piece of your son’s file, and there is not a cutoff score.
  • The student recently sat for the Independent School Extrance Exam (ISEE) and/or the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). Does he need to sit for the George Jackson Academy test?
    No, he does not need to take an additional test. Please include the results of the either the ISEE or SSAT with the student’s application.
  • The student lives outside New York City. Can he still apply?
    Yes. Students from Westchester, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey are welcome to apply.
  • Does the School provide bus service for students?
    No. George Jackson Academy does not provide bus service for its students. However, we do provide students with student MetroCards based on how far they live from the school. The majority of our students travel from all over New York City via public transportation. At a parent’s/guardian's request, we will try our best to pair new students with a Travel Buddy, another GJA student traveling to the same neighborhood or a similar route to and/or from school.
  • Is there an application fee?
    No. There is not an application fee to apply.
  • Is financial aid available for tuition?
    Yes. 100% of students receive financial aid. Each year GJA students receive more than $2,000,000 in financial aid to attend. Our mission is to serve the brightest students regardless of income. Depending on your family’s financial situation, some families pay $40 a month, some $200. Each family pays something. George Jackson Academy is determined to keep tuition affordable for all families. Do not let finances get in the way of applying.
  • Where do GJA graduates attend high school?
    The goal of George Jackson Academy’s High School Placement Program is to ensure that every graduate is admitted to a private day, boarding, parochial, or specialized public high school best suited for him. The placement program prepares students and parents for the high school admissions process. Check out our Impact page for more info.
  • When do I find out what my family contribution will be?
    Admission and financial aid applications are reviewed year-round as space permits. Early admission decisions and financial aid awards will be announced together on Tuesday, February 13 at 4:00PM pending submission of the admission and financial aid applications, as well as all required documents by Saturday, December 9, 2023. ​ Regular admission decisions and financial aid awards will be announced together on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:00PM pending submission of the admission and financial aid applications, as well as all required documents by Saturday, March 2, 2024.
  • When is tuition due?
    A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of enrollment. A student’s tuition and fees may be paid in full at the time of enrollment or by following an interest-free 10-month payment plan beginning in September and ending in June, due by the 15th of each month.
  • When will admission notifications and financial aid awards be announced?
    Admission and financial aid applications are reviewed year-round as space permits. Early admission decisions and financial aid awards will be announced together on Tuesday, February 13 at 4:00PM pending submission of the admission and financial aid applications, as well as all required documents by Saturday, December 9, 2023. ​ Regular admission decisions and financial aid awards will be announced together on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:00PM pending submission of the admission and financial aid applications, as well as all required documents by Saturday, March 2, 2024.
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