GJA students are challenged with an advanced curriculum matching their gifted abilities. This curriculum, in tandem with the culture of the school, builds boys that are strong, well informed and thoughtful leaders.
GJA’s focus on the middle school years allows the school to implement a rigorous curriculum geared toward the unique developmental needs of middle school students. These bridge years between the guidance of elementary school and the independence of high school are pivotal to each child’s social-emotional and academic development.
As middle school students, our boys gain independence by learning executive functioning skills, which are taught across the curriculum. Skills such as time management and organization ground their academic work, and middle school is a key time to solidify them before the heightened expectations of high school.
Our rich academic curriculum includes deep explorations in reading, writing and math. Students study advanced sciences and social studies at least one grade-level above the standard curriculum. All students take Latin and Spanish classes as well as art and music.
As part of our interdisciplinary approach, students engage with social justice themes and hone their public speaking skills.
In the seventh grade, students begin preparing for high school placement. This includes ongoing test and interview preparation as well as an exploration of schools that would be the best fit for each individual student.
As much as our teachers challenge our students, GJA boys challenge themselves and each other and take great pride in their collective accomplishments.
All of our students attend Summer Academy during the month of July. The Summer Academy is an engaging and challenging program which gives GJA students an extra class time to overcome the achievement gap between lower-income and more affluent students. Students study intensive courses, including critical reading, writing, and mathematics; they practice study skills, such as research, outlining, and technology use, and they prepare for high school applications through test prep, essay-writing, and research. Classes are taught by a mix of GJA teachers and outside educators.
At GJA, it is important that all students expand their horizons and have time to focus on learning outside of core subjects. GJA provides clubs and enrichments on a rotating schedule. In the past enrichments have included technology, chess, swimming, journalism, band, yoga, knitting, running, gardening, playwriting, robotics, yearbook, improv, economics and much more. Through partnerships GJA is able to provide more specific enrichments including Global Scholars, News Literacy Project, Boys Club of NY, Just for Kicks Swimming, Creative Writing with The New School, Music with Juilliard, fencing with the Fencers Club and as a Whitney Museum Partner School.