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 and covers the cost of all
international student visa and SEVIS registration fees.
Prospective international students should begin by submitting
Q: What qualifications are necessary to apply to
the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy
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 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
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 5 – 14.5 hours (This includes daily technique
class, as well as Pointe, Character Class, Dance History,
Modern and Pilates.)
- Level 6 – 18.5 hours (This includes daily technique
class, as well as Pilates, Variations, Partnering, Character,
Pointe, Men’s Strengthening, Dance History and Modern.)
- Level 7– 29 hours (This includes daily technique
class, daily rehearsal, as well as Partnering, Variations,
Pilates, Enrichment/ Wellness Lectures, Character, Pointe,
Men’s Strengthening, and Modern.)
Q: What is the tuition for the year?
A: Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is as follows:
$5,500 for students in the Level 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
Students are also given the opportunity to appear in ABT’s
productions during their season at the Metropolitan Opera