Frequently Asked Questions
What is the academic focus at JMA?
A JMA education combines high-quality traditional academics, such as math, science, English, foreign language, and history, with a specialized curriculum in media, including journalism and broadcast production, film making, photography, social media and more. The traditional and communications skills our students acquire are essential to college and career success, regardless of the path chosen. Via a wide variety of academic and multimedia projects, students learn to adapt to and leverage the continually evolving media industry.
Is JMA only for students who want to pursue a career in journalism and media related fields?
Absolutely not! JMA’s curriculum incorporates essential communications skills throughout all studies. Any graduate who pursues a career in a communications, the sciences, or a liberal arts or pre-med track in college will need a strong grasp of all forms of communication. Communication literacy is essential to all career paths, as well as to success in higher education.
What is JMA’s academic philosophy?
JMA’s mission is built upon the “DRUM” philosophy: Discipline, Respect, Unity and Maturity.This ethos is reflected in our academic programming, but also in our commitment to character development. JMA educates and prepares well-rounded students for success in a 21st century global community and creates competitive candidates for four-year colleges and careers.
What are the academics at JMA?
JMA curriculum combines core requirements with theme-based electives. Science and math classes have access to the state-of-the-art labs, while advanced literature, geography, history and social science classes take place in modern classrooms. Art and technology classes incorporate journalism and media themes and include topics such as digital storytelling, digital photography, and graphic design. Theme-based electives include television production, radio broadcasting, public speaking, online media, and more.
Who are your partners? Are internships available?
JMA continually works with media outlets, as well as with corporate and higher education partners, to develop partnerships that benefit our students. Our primary media partner is the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). This partnership offers facilities, internships, teaching, training, mentoring resources and more. JMA’s partnerships with colleges and universities allow students to enroll in college-level, for-credit courses. From project opportunities to internships to college curriculum, JMA students have access to a world of opportunity.
Where are you located?
Our main campus is in a residential area in Hartford. JMA’s main campus is equipped with television and radio studios, digital media labs, as well as traditional classrooms, science labs, a half-court gymnasium, a fitness center, and cafeteria. JMA’s campus extends to CPBN’s Learning Lab, where our students work with industry professionals in a state-of-the-art broadcast facility.
What is the Learning Lab?
CPBN’s Learning Lab is located on two floors at CPBN headquarters in Hartford. The Learning Lab is an innovative media facility where students leverage technology to inspire creativity and intensify classroom rigor. At the Learning Lab, students build on JMA curricula and have access to the same state-of-the-art technology used by media professionals in radio and television studios across the country. JMA students may attend the Learning Lab as part of first-year summer bridge experience, and return during their senior year for more specialized learning experiences.
Have JMA students won awards?
Just to name a few:
- 2014 Award for Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Boston/New England Chapter), the first NATAS award ever earned by a Connecticut High School
- Award recipient for Video Documentary, Hartford S.T.E.M Expo/Science Fair, 2014
- Second Place, 2013 HPS District Debate Championship
- Honorable Mentions, Youth Journalism International
- Nine national writing awards from HighSchoolJournalism.com
- Second Place, HPS District Debate Championship, 2013
- Scholarship awards: UCONN Presidential Scholars, Lewis Fox Scholarships, Hartford Foundation Scholars, Traveler’s Edge Scholarship
Is JMA a CREC school? Is there bus service?
JMA is a Regional Chooice high school within the Hartford Public School System. Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) coordinates and provides transportation for all regional magnet schools, free of charge to students and their families.
Does JMA offer an athletics program?
Athletics are not included in JMA programming, however all JMA students are free to participate in after-school team sports in their home towns, allowing students continued involvement in their home communities.
How do I apply to JMA?