Along with a strong core curriculum, early high school/college credit classes, and unique vocational training, JLSA offers an advanced 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

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School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedExceptional children, gifted, out of the box learners
Year Founded2021

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Number of AP Courses12 courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,900
Tuition NotesTicket purchase and fundraising required
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorBeth Kuklinski
Admissions AssociateBeth Kuklinski


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Art, Care of Horses and Horseback Riding, 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

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Cary
    Grades: PK-5 | 140 students
    9.7 miles
    130 Towne Village Dr
    Cary, NC 27513
    (919) 319-9622
    9.7 PK-5
  • Durham
    Grades: K-12 | 134 students
    17.1 miles
    809 Proctor St
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919) 688-3040
    17.1 K-12
  • Chapel Hill
    Emerson Waldorf School
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: NS-12 | 279 students
    16.5 miles
    6211 New Jericho Rd
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (919) 967-1858
    16.5 NS-12
  • Apex
    Grades: NS-8 | 629 students
    7.6 miles
    625 Magdala Place
    Apex, NC 27502
    (919) 657-4800
    7.6 NS-8
  • Cary
    Grades: K-12 | 817 students
    11.3 miles
    1330 Old Apex Rd
    Cary, NC 27513
    (919) 303-2560
    11.3 K-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
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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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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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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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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The average private school tuition in North Carolina is $8,547 for elementary schools and $10,372 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in North Carolina is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).