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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can foreign students enroll in the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School?
A: The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School has the necessary accreditation to enroll international students under an M-1 visa. The ABT JKO School provides assistance to students during the enrollment process. Prospective international students should begin by submitting a video application.

Q: What qualifications are necessary to apply to the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT 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 4/5 must already be on pointe.

Q: Do you offer housing accommodations for your students?
A: The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School DOES NOT guarantee housing. Upon acceptance the school provides resources to help non-local students find appropriate housing in nearby dormitories, trusted host families, and rental apartments. Out-of-town students should expect to spend (on average) $1,200/ month for New York City housing as well as an additional $500/ month for living expenses.

Q: How do the students at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School continue their academic education?
A: The students at the ABT JKO 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 ABT 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 the program.

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 4/5 – 11.5 hours (This includes daily technique class, as well as Pointe, Character Class, Modern and Pilates.)
  • Level 6 – 17 hours (This includes daily technique class, as well as Pilates, Variations, Partnering, Character, Pointe, Men’s Strengthening, Dance History and Modern.)
  • Level 7– 21.5 hours (This includes daily technique class as well as Partnering, Variations, Pilates, Character, Pointe, Men’s Strengthening, and Modern.)

Q: What is the tuition for the year?
A: Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is as follows: $5,500 for students in the Level 4/5; $6,500 for students in Level 6, and $8,000 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 ABT 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 and at The David H. Koch Theater, 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 productions during their season at the Metropolitan Opera House.