Mission and Philosophy

George Jackson Academy is the only independent, non-sectarian, need-blind upper elementary and middle school for bright boys from low-income families in NYC. The school was created to engage underserved, academically capable boys from 4th to 8th grade, a time when young men are particularly vulnerable to disengaging from school. George Jackson Academy creates a life-changing experience by challenging its students to grow not only as scholars, but also as friends and brothers in community. No child is denied admission because of an inability to pay.

Brotherhood Creates Leaders

In an urban culture where smart is uncool, our students learn to think critically, to engage academically, and to value their intellect as a unique and precious gift. Our single-sex program focuses young men on supportive, engaging academic and social development at the most critical time in their lives. Highlights include:

• Engaging and challenging instruction in mathematics, sciences, critical reading and writing, Spanish, geography, history, and economics.
• Arts instruction with partners from Juilliard and the Theatre for a New City.
• Small classes and an 8:1 student to teacher ratio.
• Summer Academy for all 6th-8th graders: a month-long program focused on technology literacy, critical writing skills, and high school preparation.
• High school and college placement mentoring.