The Jackson School for the Arts (JSA) is a highly specialized arts program within Jackson High School.

Established in 2001, JSA provides talented students specialized curriculum, activities, student organizations and mentoring. JSA supports personal and professional development, creativity, academic achievement and a high level of skill in practice including performance and competition.

In addition to traditional academic curriculum, students are exposed to dance, theater, visual arts, vocal music and instrumental music, eventually selecting a concentration.  JSA also provides Art Experiences like field trips, expert guest speakers, and distance learning opportunities that include real-world strategic art practice, as well as Advanced Placement* (AP) and College Credit Plus* (CCP) courses. 

*Beginning sophomore year for eligible students


2017 All District Arts Extravaganza

Celebrating a Mardi Gras Carnival theme expressed through dance, music, theatrical performances and activities, the Jackson School for the Arts showcased more than 500 young artists at the 2017 All District Arts Extravaganza. The 12th annual community arts showcase held at Jackson High School featured performance artists, live paintings, mask making, face painting, and a photo booth to capture the moment The evening included more than 30 live performances as well as stunning work by fine artists and photographers and an exhibit inThe Meraki Gallery to display works by prestigious Gold Key and Silver Key Scholastic Art award winners.


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“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or how badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”

- Kurt Vonnegut