Q: Can foreign students enroll in the Jacqueline Kennedy
A: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School has the necessary accreditation
to enroll international students, ages 17 and older. Prospective
international students should begin by submitting a
Q: What qualifications are necessary to apply to the Pre-Professional
Division of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School?
A: Students must have a strong base in ballet training and
the physical prerequisite to sustain the strain of intense
professional training. Acceptance to the school is by audition
only. Students entering Level 5 must already be on pointe.
Q: Do you offer housing accommodations for your students?
A: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School DOES NOT
provide dormitories. Upon acceptance the school provides a resource
list to help non-local students find appropriate housing. Out-of-town
students should expect to spend (on average) $1,000/ month for New
York City housing as well as an additional $500/ month for living
Q: How do the students at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
School continue their academic education?
A: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School schedule is intended to
accommodate the academic schedules of our students. The students
at the school continue their education in a variety of ways. Some
enroll in local schools, while others complete their coursework
through correspondence with either their home school or an online
university. Some academic options include:
- Professional Children’s School (grades 6-12)
- Professional Performing Arts School (grades 9-12)
- Laurel Springs (Distance Learning Program for K-12)
- University of Nebraska – Lincoln Independent Study
High School (Distance Learning Program)
- Indiana University High School (Distance Learning Program)
- The Keystone School (Online Middle and High School)
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes. There is a strict dress code for each level of the Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis School. The uniform now includes leotards from International
Dance Supplies. Uniforms are available for purchase at ABT, and
specific uniform information will be provided upon acceptance to
Q: Approximately how many hours per week are students in
class? What do students study?
A: Students in all levels attend classes 5 days/ week. Total class
time per week is as follows:
- Level 5 – 14 hours (This includes daily technique class,
1 character class and 1 pointe class.)
- Level 6 – 16.5 hours (This includes daily technique class,
as well as Pilates, Variations, Partnering, Character and Modern.)
- Level 7/ Studio Company – 36 hours (This includes daily
technique class, daily rehearsal, as well as Partnering, Variations,
and Pilates, Enrichment/ Wellness Lectures, Character, and Modern.)
Q: What is the tuition for the year?
A: Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is as follows:
$4,000 for students in the Level 5; $6,000 for students
in Level 6, and $7,500 for students in Levels 7.
Q: Is financial aid offered?
A: Scholarships are awarded based on merit only. All scholarships
are awarded at the time of acceptance to the program.
Q: Do students participate in a final gala or performance?
A: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School does have one major performance
each spring where all students have the opportunity to perform both
ABT repertory and original choreography by the faculty. In addition,
select students are chosen for various performance opportunities
throughout the year. Past performances include: ABT’s Opening
Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House, The Millennium Stage
at the Kennedy Center, Saks Fifth Avenue Window Unveiling, Guggenheim
Works and Process and the Lincoln Center Institute.
Students are also given the opportunity to appear in ABT’s
production of The Nutcracker (choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky),
and as supernumeries throughout the ABT season at the Met.