Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

GJA serves students in grades 6-8 only.

George Jackson Academy accepts students entering 6th grade.

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, 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.

Admission notifications will be released in late March.

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.

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 2020-2021 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. To apply for financial 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/guardian’s SSI or a letter from his/her employer.

Each family pays something. Family contribution is based on household income and expenses. Depending on your family’s financial situation, some families pay $25 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 visit our FAQs or contact the Admission Office at or 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.

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 may be paid in 10 installments over the course of the school year.