Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

George Jackson Academy accepts students entering the 5th and 6th grades.

No, GJA 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.

When selecting new students to join our community, we look at several areas: the student’s academic performance at his current school, admissions test results and student/parent interviews.
We admit students who will have successful academic careers as well as fully participate in the school community.

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.

No, he does not need to take an additional test. Please include the results of the either the ISEE or SSAT with your son’s application.

Yes.  Students from Westchester, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey are welcome to apply.

Yes. Bus service is provided for 5th graders who live in the Bronx and Manhattan. We also provide NYC residents with student MetroCards. The majority of our students travel from all over New York City via public transportation.

No. Photo I.D. is not required. The only forms required are the completed application forms.

No. There is not an application fee to apply.

Yes. George Jackson Academy has a need-blind admissions policy, which means a family’s financial status is not considered when deciding admissions. Financial aid is determined after a child has been accepted. In order to apply for aid, families must submit the George Jackson Academy Financial Aid form and tax documents. If the family does not file taxes, we request either the parent’s SSI or a letter from his/her employer.

Each family pays something, but family contribution is determined based on household income and expenses. Depending on your family’s financial situation, some families pay $20 a month, some $200.  GJA is determined to keep tuition affordable for all families.

Do not let finances get in the way of applying. 100% of our students receive financial aid. Our mission is to serve the brightest students regardless of income.

The goal of George Jackson’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.

A: GJA does not offer a formal, 5 day per week after school program, however there are many neighborhood options that have been utilized by GJA parents:

1. 6th Street Community Program (Cost: Varies; sliding scale)

The 6th Street Community Program  is a paid after school enrichment space where students have homework help and enrichment classes. Pick-up service is available.  

2. Boys’ Club at Harriman Clubhouse (Cost: $5 annual membership)

The Harriman Clubhouse at the Boys’ Club offers 40 enrichment programs throughout the year. Older GJA students are available to walk the younger students to the program. 

3. SONYC Grand Street Settlement Program at St. Brigid School (Cost: FREE

The School’s Out New York (SONYC) Program exists all over the 5 boroughs.

As all of the sites are not directly affiliated with GJA, it is best to reach out to them directly. 

Family contribution is determined after admissions decisions are made. Enrollment contracts, which include your financial aid award and tuition amount are typically mailed in May to new students.

Families apply for financial aid each year. If there is not a significant change in your family’s financial picture, you should expect that your family contribution will not change drastically.

A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of enrollment. The tuition balance can be paid in installments over the course of the school year via cash, check or money order.