George Jackson Academy

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George Jackson Academy Photo #1 - George Jackson Academy, an all boys school for grades 6-8, is located at 104 St. Marks Place (between 1st Ave. & Ave. A) New York, NY 10009. Accessible via the F, L, R, W and 6 trains.
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George Jackson Academy Photo #1 - George Jackson Academy, an all boys school for grades 6-8, is located at 104 St. Marks Place (between 1st Ave. & Ave. A) New York, NY 10009. Accessible via the F, L, R, W and 6 trains.
George Jackson Academy Photo #2 - Each year the 8th grade travels to Washington, DC. for three days. The trip is through CloseUp, an organization dedicated to educating students on government and civics. The program closely aligns with the 8th grade Humanities curriculum, as it engages students in various activities and discussions about the workings of government, the rights of citizens, and the duties of citizenship.
George Jackson Academy Photo #3 - When a boy joins the George Jackson Academy community, he becomes a part of a unique and enduring brotherhood. Creating a family culture that supports emotional growth, creates confident and caring leaders.
George Jackson Academy Photo #4 - George Jackson Academy's rich academic curriculum includes deep explorations in reading, writing and math. Students study advanced sciences and humanities at least one grade-level above the standard curriculum. All students take Spanish classes as well as art and music.
George Jackson Academy Photo #5 - As middle school students, the boys at George Jackson Academy gain independence by learning executive functioning skills, which are taught across the curriculum. Skills such as time management and organization ground their academic work, and middle school is a key time to solidify them before the heightened expectations of high school.
George Jackson Academy Photo #6 - Year after year GJA graduates receive over $1.5 million in financial aid and scholarships to attend some of the nation's top boarding, day and public schools. This year some of our graduates from the Class of 2023 will be headed to Bronx Science, Collegiate, Regis, Riverdale, The George School, and Fordham Preparatory.
George Jackson Academy (GJA) is NYC's only independent middle school for bright boys from all incomes, where 100% of families receive financial aid. On average families pay $200 per month, with some families paying as low as $50 per month.
The curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire, preparing students for success in high school and beyond. In addition to Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the curriculum includes classes that expand students' horizons outside of core subjects, such as Fencing, Muay Thai and Percussion.
GJA's supportive environment is a place where students feel empowered to take risks, try new things, and reach their full potential. Research on all-boys school models suggests that boys in single-sex schools tend to perform better academically, have higher levels of engagement in class, and exhibit more positive attitudes towards school.
Year after year GJA graduates receive over $1.5 million in financial aid and scholarships to attend some of the nation's top boarding, day and public schools. Some graduates from the Class of 2023 will be headed to Bronx Science, Collegiate, Regis, Riverdale, The George School, and Fordham Preparatory.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 79 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,000
  • Acceptance rate: 35%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 9 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

George Jackson Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
Year Founded
2003
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
79 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
95%
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
George Jackson Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
95%
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Dress shirt, tie, dress slacks and dress shoes.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 9 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
100% of GJA families receive financial aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
$22,758
Acceptance Rate
35%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Larissa Floy

Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Community Service, Homework Club, Library Rats, Music Production, Personal Finance Club, School Newspaper, Student Council, Traditional Chess and Chinese Chess

Arts and Music Programs:
A Whitney Partner School, WriteOn NYC Partner School

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fencers Club Partner School

School Notes

  • High school placementis an integral part of our program and begins in seventh grade with initial school visits, test prep, mock interview practice, and a preview of the high school admissions process. Year after year GJA graduates receive over $1.5 million in financial aid and scholarships to attend some of the nation's top boarding, day and public schools. Some graduates from the Class of 2023 will be headed to Bronx Science, Collegiate, Regis, Riverdale, The George School, and Fordham Preparatory.
  • Enrichment courses are offered on a rotating scheduleduring the school day.Enrichments have included coding,creative writing, the school newspaper,personal financeand much more. Through partnerships with Global Scholars, The New School, The Juilliard School and the Whitney Museum, GJA is able to providemorespecific enrichmentsthatexpandthe boyshorizonsandlearning outside of core subjects.
  • Summer Academyis a free half day academic enrichment program and mandatory for all rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Summer Academy takes place in July and helps students retain the skills attained throughout the school year. Research has shown that skill retention decreases during large periods of academic inactivity. When families and educators partner in order to encourage engagement and learning throughout the summer, students increase their likelihood of maintaining and improving their knowledge.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does George Jackson Academy cost?
George Jackson Academy's tuition is approximately $25,000 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of George Jackson Academy?
The acceptance rate of George Jackson Academy is 35%, which is lower than the national average of 79%. George Jackson Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in New York with low acceptance rates.
What sports does George Jackson Academy offer?
George Jackson Academy offers 2 interscholastic sports: Fencing and Martial Arts.
What is George Jackson Academy's ranking?
George Jackson Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Highest percentage of students of color and Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for George Jackson Academy?
The application deadline for George Jackson Academy is Dec. 9 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 9 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (21 reviews)
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Currently a junior in high school and can still say that I miss old times in GJA. The teachers were very helpful and cared for the students, and I made a lot of friends that I still talk to today. I wouldn't want to go to any other middle school because of the great memories I've made at GJA.
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One: GJA gives its students challenging academic tasks not only to prepare them for future education but also to give them opportunities for growth.Two: GJA gives importance to brotherhood, cooperation, and service through extracurricular activities, various school gatherings, and community service events.Three: GJA promptly informs the parents/guardians regarding important information, thus making us responsible stakeholders and integral parts of the community. George Jackson Academy truly continues to provide an opportunity for a holistic formation of all the students! Thank you, GJA!
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My son started at GJA in 6th grade, he's now an 8th grader. The school is one of the best decisions made for his education journey. His experience has been truly transformative. The school challenges students academically but also cares about their emotional well-being. They are also challenged to develop other skills outside of the classroom, with support every step of the way. GJA is a small community, a home away from, students know each other, and they help each other out. The school has one of the best high school placement programs in the city, graduating students go on to attend some of the best private and public schools around NYC. Most important of all, my son loves the community, teachers, and students.
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As a proud GJA parent, excellence is the first word that comes to mind. GJA does ordinary things extraordinarily well. When it comes to developing the mind of a young scholar, GJA is an extension of home. They reinforce the same values and principles parents hope their children utilize all day long. Now, imagine your sons in an environment that challenges them intellectually, nurtures and protects their minds, and reinforces accountability...THAT IS GJA! GJA exposes your sons to the world and cultures around them, making them understand the importance of brotherhood and giving back to the community around them. At GJA, progress is valued over perfection. Each student is an individual, yet part of the brotherhood. Our boys understand that when they have done enough, they can do more and this is what makes our boys stand out. GJA's practice of a growth mindset prepares students for a lifetime of learning and success. Year after year, we see past students return to share how GJA has changed the trajectory of their lives. We certainly can attest to this. Our son who attended GJA since the 4th grade is currently a 9th grader boarder at Kent School, CT, all thanks to the support and preparation of their high school placement program. When our now 7th grader was looking for middle schools last, GJA was a no-brainer. Trust is the reason we chose GJA a second time. Trust means we are confident in the partnership we receive at GJA. We love the fact that every student is recognized and because of the small community, students and administrators alike don't get lost in the shuffle. The care and love received from the school administrators and their peers make school a pleasure. As parents, we feel we have earned and are still earning our GJA dividends through the transformation of our children going in as little boys and emerging as outstanding young men. Needless to say, as parents, it's always a pleasure communicating with GJA administrators. Finally, we all want an environment where our children have a seat at the table, have a voice, and have that voice heard. GJA creates this type of inclusive space. It's certainly an extension of home because it's not only an educational center but a place of collaboration, fun, respect, and most importantly safe.
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My son recently graduate from GJA and I can say the school is very especial for us. In these 3 years I saw my son grow academically and emotionally. The school has a lot of support for students and parents. GJA is a small community that everybody help each other and the students feel free and safe.
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5  
As a parent of an alumni, I must say that GJA has definitely graduated a young man of character! My son enrolled as a 4th grader, prior to the transition from elementary to middle school, and it was a journey. However, he became more independent and was able to try a variety of activities without the social pressures of a coed environment. As a high school freshman, he is academically prepared, and confident, knows how to build a brotherhood, and understands the importance of GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. I am forever grateful for the skills and lessons he learned inside and outside of the classroom. A big thanks to the faculty and staff for their continued support!
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5  
My son has gone to GJA for his 7th and 8th-grade years. During his time there, we have had nothing but help and kindness from all the teachers and faculty. The students are well-mannered and friendly. My son received a top education. I recommend any parents to enroll your son in this school.
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I couldn't be more happier that our son had the opportunity to attend George Jackson Academy! It is a wonderful school and they work hard to ensure the students are well prepared for high school and life. My son confirmed my thoughts when he expressed how grateful he was to attend George Jackson. His exact words were " Mom ,I'm so glad I went to GJA, it saved me." He told me this about 2 weeks after starting high school. Don't miss out on an opportunity to attend such a great school with caring teachers and staff! Thank you GJA!
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5  
GJA is a great school. The staff members are very professional and genuinely care about the well-being and overall success of their students. The school has high ethical and academic standards with a robust curriculum that prepare students for the best high schools in the country. My son graduated from GJA and is currently attending the Frederick Gunn School in Connecticut. I will always recommend GJA to families. GJA is a place where students are prepared to thrive in life.
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My son attends George Jackson Academy and is in the 8th grade. My son never wanted to attend an all-boys school but the teacher and Faculty Made it a safe haven and space for Elais to strive, learn, and develop the skills to be successful.
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My son is graduating in 2024 and will be graduating in 2021. As a parent I have seen my son grow through academics and personally up to where he can be comfortable in GJA and be himself. I have talked with the staff and teachers, and they are kind and supportive. I'm very happy with GJA.
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GJA is an amazing place. Our two boys attended and both went on to great high schools. Above all, the school's leadership and faculty are exceptionally competent and caring, completely devoted to the students. Thanks to them, GJA helps the students develop into mature, intelligent, and caring young adults. I cannot say enough good things about GJA - it transforms kids' lives!
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5  
My son Reece attended GJA since 4th Grade. George Jackson Academy is the best thing that has happened to our family. The present and past Teachers, Principals, and Administrative Staff are absolutely the best, they went above and beyond for my son and his peers. We are forever indebted to George Jackson Academy. Academically the boys are very smart and intelligent, and morally they are and will become decent citizens. Thank your GJA............
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5  
I am currently a parent and teacher at GJA. The teachers and administrators at this school are dedicated to helping each and every student discover their potential while exploring a multitude of enriching experiences in a highly supportive, and caring environment. High standards, respect, and brotherhood transcend the school building as graduating students make their way into some of the most sought-after high schools in the country. The boys refer to one another as brothers, and they look after each other as such. GJA is an all-inclusive, welcoming environment. As a parent, I know there are other choices, and I can attest to the fact that none compares to GJA. Come take a look, see for yourself. Our boys are amazing!
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5  
Great school, I'm currently in the 7th grade, and this school has made me feel like I was noticed, before GJA, I was in a huge public school, and nobody noticed me except for some friends of mine. However, at GJA, it feels like I can talk to people comfortably because I know them, and they know me. Thank you.
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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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 79 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,000
  • Acceptance rate: 35%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 9 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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