George Jackson Academy

Founded in 2003 and serving 101 boys in grades six through eight, George Jackson Academy educates academically talented boys from underserved neighborhoods and counters ongoing forces that too often lead promising young men to disengage from school.
George Jackson Academy offers a robust curriculum that is well above grade level, engaging instructional approaches, and adults who believe deeply in each student.
George Jackson Academy is committed to providing financial aid to students who could not otherwise afford a private school education. For the 2020-2021 academic year, GJA's tuition is $25,000. However, GJA students received more than $2,000,000 in financial aid to attend. George Jackson Academy is determined to keep tuition affordable for all families. To learn more about financial aid, please click here.
George Jackson Academy is currently accepting applications for 6th grade for the 2021-2022 school year. The appliation is free. To apply, please click here.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Year Founded2003
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesThere is no additional charge for George Jackson Academy's Summer Academy.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students101 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade George Jackson Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size17 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Dress shirt, tie, dress slacks and dress shoes.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 27 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,000
Tuition NotesGeorge Jackson Academy is committed to providing financial aid to students who could not otherwise afford a private school education. For the 2020-2021 academic year, GJA’s tuition is $25,000. However, GJA students received more than $2,000,000 in financial aid to attend. Depending on your family’s financial situation, some families pay $25 a month, some $200. George Jackson Academy is determined to keep tuition affordable for all families.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$22,758
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLarissa Floy


Total Sports Offered1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Computer Science, Economics Club, Financial Literacy, Online Gaming, Philosophy, Podcast, School Newspaper

Arts and Music Programs:
A Whitney Partner School, Band, Creative Writing

School Notes

  • George Jackson Academy supports young men with research-driven programs specifically tailored to boys' learning interests and needs.
  • George Jackson Academy's rigorous academic and socio-emotional program creates well-rounded young men who attend the nation's top boarding, day and public schools and receive over $1 million in financial aid each year. Some of the schools attended include Riverdale Country School, The Thacher School and Xavier High School. To learn more about GJA's High School Placement process click here

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
I graduated from GJA in 2015, and many of my classmates agree with me when I say, going to GJA was one of the best things that happened to us. It was so great, my parents even sent my sister to De La Salle. Of course the school was completely different 5 years ago with different teachers and pre-renovation. But even after visiting last year, the spirit remains the same. GJA definitely prepared me for high school, and after sending so many of us to renowned schools in the country, it's safe to say it's a place everyone should consider. As I continue my sophomore year at Howard University, the lifelong friends I made at GJA remain some of my closest friends and role models. The love we all have for GJA, in addition to the gratitude is everlasting!
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My son is new to the school, he started this school year (20-21). The staff are amazing, friendly, and have high expectations of the boys. The rigorous academic curriculum is enriching and engaging. It have the boys always thinking outside the box. The teachers are not only teaching academics but preparing the students for the real world. My son is enjoying his time here and I couldn't be more happier about the decision we made about sending him to George Jackson Academy. I highly recommend sending your son here!
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I never thought I would hear my boys say they miss being in the classroom! For them, I attribute this to the small size of the classes and the safe space of being around other boys of color in an academically rigorous program. They really support each other! Love the fact that they have a dress code, but not a uniform, and I like the Friday last period class which is an enrichment based on numerous interesting topics like financial planning, newspaper, gaming/coding, etc.
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My son has been a scholar at George Jackson Academy for a few years. The staff and teachers maintain a high level of expectation and execute on the promise of an academically-rigorous, enriching curriculum. The building is well-kept and the administrators are committed to providing a supportive environment. I do wish the teachers more reflected the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of its scholars but other than that, it is an excellent school and they've exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend GJA to any parent with a high-achieving son.
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I have been going to this school for over 3 years now and is now in the 7th grade. This school has really changed me, and I am grateful for it. Thank you GJA for changing my life.
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I am in 7th grade ans have been going to GJA for 3 years now. The students here are really friendly as well as the teachers. Once a week a student from Juilliard comes and teaches us how to play different instruments. I would recommend that you let your child come and visit us and see I''d you like it.
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