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JLSA Photo #1 - K-12, Inclusive, College-High School Credit Program, AP Options, High School Diploma, High School Certificate of Completion Option, Vocational Program, Primary, Intermediate, Upper, High School, Specialized Core Curriculum
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JLSA Photo #1 - K-12, Inclusive, College-High School Credit Program, AP Options, High School Diploma, High School Certificate of Completion Option, Vocational Program, Primary, Intermediate, Upper, High School, Specialized Core Curriculum
JLSA Photo #2 - Morning Hike, Outdoor Time, Regulating and Reducing Anxiety, Specialized Core Curriculum
JLSA Photo #3 - Beautiful indoor and outdoor learning environments, compassionate classrooms, multi sensory learning, visual learning, Specialized Core Curriculum
JLSA Photo #4 - Lakeside campus, Jordan Lake, One of two commercial locations ON Jordan Lake,. Specialized Core Curriculum
JLSA Photo #5 - Specialized Core Curriculum & Environmental Science & Outdoor Education
JLSA Photo #6 - Inclusive, Specialized Instruction, Modified and Differentiated Instruction
JLSA Photo #7 - Theater, Social Skills, Photography, Editing, Photo Challenges
JLSA Photo #8 - Social Skills, Coaching, Safe Environment, Supportive Friends, Small Close Knit School, Specialized Core Curriculum
JLSA Photo #9 - Primary, K-3, Joyful Learning, Big personalities, One of a Kind, Small Group, Mixed Age
JLSA Photo #10 - Social Skills, Mentorship, Specialized Ed
JLSA Photo #11 - Vocational Opportunities, Events, Special Programs, Social skills and confidence building
JLSA Photo #12 - Special Programs: Teambuilding with Legos, CLAWS Animal Rescue, The Traveling Tortoise Live Reptile Program, Shoreline Clean Up
JLSA Photo #13 - Yoga, Dance, Calisthenics, Daily Hike
JLSA Photo #14 - Integrated Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Theater, Photography, Soap Making, Clay
JLSA Photo #15 - Greenhouse, Native Plant Business, World Renowned Lecturers, Science, Environmental Program
JLSA Photo #16 - Animal Care, Chickens, Cats, Wildlife Rescue
JLSA Photo #17 - Friendship, K-12
Along with a strong core curriculum, early high school/college credit classes, and pre-vocational training. JLSA offers an unique inclusive educational opportunity. Whether we are painting, creating topiaries, putting on a play, or using many of the other art forms, students are provided with a safe and non judgmental environment to express, create, and develop dynamic thinking skills.
With a multi-sensory approach children are guided through activities that enhance gross and fine motor skills as well as provide for communication and social skills development along with our core curriculum.
Children benefit from a compassionate environment and long term friendships that are accepting as well as from our program of experiential learning.
We follow and integrated curriculum that meets NCSOS standards with advanced coursework.
We honor every child's unique gift and talent and encourage them to be the best they can be, Inclusion for gifted and exceptional learners

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,900
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

JLSA ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Exceptional children, gifted, out of the box learners, autism, add, adhd, PDD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia
Year Founded
2009

Student Body

Total Students
n/a
Student Body Type
Co-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
9 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size
8 students
Number of AP Courses
12 courses
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
K-8 $16,900, 9-12 plus $18450
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Beth Kuklinski
Admissions Associate
Beth Kuklinski

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Community learning, Dance, music, Outdoor Education program, Theater, Yoga

School Notes

  • Hiking trails, lake access, and nature setting
  • Arts enrichment and a sense of community
  • Social skills, inclusion, for the gifted, ASD and unique learners
  • Small teacher/student ratio
  • Beautiful indoor and outdoor learning spaces
  • Trained and nurturing teachers
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does JLSA cost?
JLSA's tuition is approximately $16,900 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of JLSA?
The acceptance rate of JLSA is 60%, which is lower than the national average of 87%. JLSA's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in North Carolina with low acceptance rates.
What is JLSA's ranking?
JLSA ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for: Lowest average acceptance rates and Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for JLSA?
The application deadline for JLSA is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
5  
JLSA is everything we hoped for in our daughter. She is a force of nature, and this school has given her a home away from home.
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5  
This school has been such a blessing for our family. It is a place made for a different kind of kid, and I have never seen my daughter so happy to go to school. The instruction is modified, and the teachers know how to reach and motivate the kids. The social acceptance and kindness is really what make it exceptional and we really are grateful.
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5  
My son has come alive thanks to this school. I didn't understand how much school was impacting him, and being in a place where they care has made all the difference. They understand learning differences, the students are really good kids, and we feel happy every day taking him and picking him up.
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5  
This is a wonderful learning environment with a challenging, yet appropriately individualized. The student body is diverse, so there are college bound students and some students who are vocationally geared. It isn't the place for violent or aggressive kids and only the kids who really fit (and families) are retained. It makes for a cohesive environment and we are all working together. Great community!
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5  
Jordan Lake School of the Arts (JLSA) is a saving grace and that is putting it mildly for our young son who found himself moved around from school to school countless times within the Wake County school systems program before celebrating his 7th birthday. Some form of consistency is a must for a growing child on the spectrum and we began to notice his being moved around so frequently at no fault of his own, took him from eager learner to an anxious mess. Finding a solution for our son became a must. Today I am happy to share that we are on year four at JLSA...I smile as I type this as I share with the great enthusiasm that the growth within our son is beyond anything that we could have expected. I credit the growth to everyone somehow affiliated with JLSA from the founder and teachers to the students and to the wonderful parents who in most cases we call family. He is in an environment that incorporates academics with so much more...he is encouraged to be independent, he is learning about community and being exposed to so many enriching opportunities...the education and experience is priceless. If you have a child on the Spectrum...or an extraordinary child that beats to their own amazing drum looking for something more in the education system then what they are getting, I encourage you to call JLSA to learn more... I am so very glad that I did.
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5  
Love, love, love this school! My daughter has blossomed there. She went from a very bad experience in public school, with bullying, teasing and the like, to this school where she is loved for who she is. She has many learning difficulties, but is doing very well. This is our fourth year at this school. This year she is in 9th grade. She is learning algebra, geometry and doing well with it. Her class is also currently reading Shakespeare and learning about US history. There are weekly math and spelling quizes. Homework is kept to a minimum. All the kids and teachers here are very kind and gentle. No bullying here!
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5  
This is the best school ever!! Everybody is so nice here and there is no bullying at all. The kids are so nice and so are the teachers. It is always interesting and fun.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,900
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in North Carolina is $9,795 for elementary schools and $10,770 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in North Carolina is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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