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George Jackson Academy

Website www.gjacademy.org
Gender All Boys
Region Manhattan
Address 104 St. Mark's Place
City New York
State NY
Zip Code 10009
Phone 212-228-6789
FAX 212-228-8336
Lowest Grade 4
Highest Grade 8
Enrollment 120
Profile

George Jackson Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2003 with the expressed purpose of educating talented inner city boys from less advantaged backgrounds. Of particular note has been the school's effort to catch these same talented boys before they become disaffected with the formal education offered in their previous schools. GJA is unique in its sponsorship of an education that integrates the very best of what collaborative and individualized learning can offer aspiring students. Much of this approach has emerged from its association with De La Salle Academy (its founder, Brother Brian Carty, is its current Board Chair) and its La Sallian pedagogical roots. As such, it seeks to instill in its students an appreciation for the rewards that can emerge from a genuine pursuit of knowledge for its own sake and in concert with other students. At the same time, it endeavors to take each student to the highest mastery levels that he is capable of attaining in a culture focused on intellectual and personal achievement. In that culture, students are given the tools to make meaning of their world and provided with opportunities to reflect on their experience. A high premium is placed on the goals of community-building, enlightened leadership, and clear self-expression. To aid in these goals, the school has constructed a set of academic expectations that move its students to believe in themselves and their ability to contend with any academic challenge they may confront. The curriculum has been devised to be creatively demanding as well as engaging, asking the very best from its students in their eforts to resolve the questions that it poses for them. In this environment, where the "examined life" is a priority, its students are taught to react critically, to learn how the power of thought can work for them, and how to weigh conflicting information and issues - on a moral and ethical level - in order to make sense of them. In addition to the core subjects of language arts, physical and life science, mathematics, history, and Spanish, students also learn social studies in combination with their language arts coursework, music, drama, art, logic, and public speaking. Graduates attend the highly selective private boarding and day high schools, parochial high schools, and NYC Specialized High Schools such as Phillips Academy Exeter, Hotchkiss, Episcopal High School (Va.), Thacher, Lawrenceville, Hill, Concord Academy, Trinity, Riverdale, Friends Seminary, Browning, Calhoun, Elisabeth Irwin, Poly Prep, Trevor Day, Packer Collegiate, Stuyvesant, and Bronx High School of Science.

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