Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

GJA is an all boys school, serving students in grades 6-8.

For the 2022-2023 school year George Jackson Academy will accept students entering Grades 6 or 7. 

No, GJA is an independent, nonsectarian school. It 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.

 On a school-wide level, all students take ERB tests that help assess progress against common benchmarks; these assist in our mission to help students earn admission and scholarships to competitive high schools, many of which rely on similar admissions tests.

When selecting new students to join our community, we look at several areas: the student’s academic performance at his current school, admission test results, performance on Simulated School Day, a mock school day (by invitation only) and the parent interview (by invitation only). 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 the student’s application.

Admission notifications and enrollment contracts, which include your financial aid award and tuition amount will be released together in mid-late April 2022, pending submission of both the admission and financial aid applications by the March 5th deadline. Although the deadline to apply was March 5, there are still seats available. GJA will continue to accept applications until all seats have been filled.

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

No. George Jackson Academy does not provide bus service for its students.  However, we do provide students with student MetroCards based on how far they live from the school. The majority of our students travel from all over New York City via public transportation.  At a parent’s request, we will try our best to pair new students with a Travel Buddy, another GJA student traveling to the same neighborhood or a similar route to and/or from school. 

No. There is not an application fee to apply.

George Jackson Academy is committed to providing financial aid to students who could not otherwise afford a private school education. For the 2021-2022 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 has a need-blind admission policy, which means a family’s financial status is not considered when deciding admission.  Like most independent schools, George Jackson Academy uses Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS), to develop a recommended family contribution for tuition. TADS provides schools with sound information to help make financial aid awards fairly and equitably.

Each family pays something. Family contribution is based on household income and expenses. Depending on your family’s financial situation, some families pay $40 a month, some $200.  George Jackson Academy is determined to keep tuition affordable for all families.

Do not let finances get in the way of applying. 95% of our students receive financial aid.  Our mission is to serve the brightest students regardless of income.

For questions, please email the Admission Office at admissions@gjacademy.org or call 212-228-6789.

The goal of George Jackson Academy’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.

Admission notifications and enrollment contracts, which include your financial aid award and tuition amount will be released together in mid-late April 2022, pending submission of both the admission and financial aid applications by the March 5th deadline. 

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. A student’s tuition and fees may be paid in full at the time of enrollment or by following an interest-free 10-month payment plan beginning in September and ending in June, due by the 15th of each month.