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East Orange, New Jersey
Essex County
East Orange School District
J. Garfield Jackson Sr. Academy is a public school located in East Orange, New Jersey with 254 students in grades Pre-K-5.
Strive to exceed academic expectations in Literacy and Math as evidenced by NJSLA assessments.
Technology is a part of each school day with formal classes and interactive boards in every classroom.
The Leader in Me school!

Jackson was nominated to the NCUST for the “Excellence in Urban Education Award” in 2007 and recognized as the "Honor Roll" recipient in 2008. The NJ State Bar Foundation presented us with the Law Fair 2017 Award, 2nd Place Statewide Winner. On the 2017 PARCC, we earned the "Highest Percentage of 3rd Grade Students Meeting or Exceeding Expectations" in Math and Literacy and the "Highest Percentage of 5th Grade Students Meeting or Exceeding Expectations" in Literacy statewide. In 2018 we earned the PARCC Achievement Award for Exceeding the average overall state score in 4th grade Literacy.

106 Prospect Street
East Orange, NJ 07017
Principal: Ms. Yvy Joseph
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White 0%
Black 89%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 9%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 46.5%
Male 53.5%
Economically disadvantaged students 88%
Students with disabilities 18%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 6%
Kindergarten 8%
1st Grade 17%
2nd Grade 18%
3rd Grade 17%
4th Grade 21%
5th Grade 13%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
of students

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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 2
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 28%
6 to 10 days 26%
11 to 15 days 19%
Over 15 days 22%
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English 95.7%
Spanish 2.0%
Haitian 1.6%
Other 0.8%
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Learn more about J. Garfield Jackson Sr. Academy.


Vision: The J. Garfield Jackson Sr. Academy family endeavors to prepare our students to become well-rounded, empathetic, college and career ready leaders, equipped to compete in our digital and global society. Mission: The J. Garfield Jackson Sr. Academy family provides a safe, academically rigorous, nurturing digital environment where students achieve their full potential. We provide focused, differentiated instruction to ensure that each student be afforded the opportunity to become critical thinkers, utilizing the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.


Jackson Academy continues to strive to exceed academic expectations in Language Arts and Mathematics as determined by the NJSLA assessments. The literacy and math programs are designed to meet the individual needs of each student. We attribute our success in student achievement in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science to the success of our programs, the tenacity of our teachers, and our partnerships with our parents and community.


Our students will be studying leadership skills throughout the school year using The Leader in Me Leadership Guide. Our students have important strengths to share and we will be learning about ways to develop and share those strengths. Part of The Leader in Me involves learning about The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. One way students can develop and practice their leadership skills is by joining the Jackson Academy Student Council.


Jackson Academy offers both enrichment and remedial assistance afterschool. Experience teachers run both programs using Reading, Writing, and Mathematics online resources.


District and school based professional development is offered throughout the school year. Academic coaches conduct PD during weekly grade level meetings and staff meetings. Teachers also have the opportunity to meet with their grade level colleagues for professional learning and collaboration. All teachers have common grade level prep time to facilitate regular daily collaboration.


Student support services are provided via the guidance counselor daily. The guidance counselor assists parents with obtaining outside agency intervention, as needed. In school support is offered through the Intervention and Referral Services, small group RTI and online resources. A full time nurse is on staff to meet the medical needs of all students. Students with disabilities are serviced by our on site child study team social worker.


Breakfast is free to all students. The program begins at 7:45 a.m. for PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade. Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. for students in Grades 2 - 5. All students engage in a diverse physical education program designed to expose students to a wide range of sports and physical activity. Teachers are trained in mindfulness, which is practiced throughout the school day.


There are several ways parents can be involved with their child's school. All parents and guardians are invited to join the PTO. The PTO meets on a monthly basis. They can also sign up for the Parent Portal via the district website and Class Dojo through their child's classroom teacher. Parents/Guardians have access to their children’s report cards, grades, and are able to communicate directly to staff.

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