For high-achieving students, the quality and relevance of their education is essential. At the JA Academy for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (JA Academy), students are challenged, engaged and enlightened about the boundless business opportunities that await them.

The JA Academy is a new magnet school in partnership with Orange County Public Schools that teaches students leadership and entrepreneurial skills through an integrated and challenging high school curriculum.

Our courses are designed to connect students to Central Florida’s top leaders and entrepreneurs, stimulate their imagination and prepare them for a successful future as part of America’s free enterprise system.

Independent third-party evaluations of the 2012-13 class demonstrated that JA students outperformed their peers on all of the measures examined including: PSAT tests, Reading benchmarks and Algebra Course Grades. Download the 2013 Evaluation Brief Here.


  • A “full immersion” curriculum that mixes leadership, business, and academic concepts and promotes the principles of free enterprise
  • Hands-on experiences such as job shadowing, internships, volunteer opportunities, field trips and executive guest lectures
  • Mentoring and networking through JA’s vast network of business supporters
  • College credit through a flexible dual enrollment program
  • A state-of-the-art facility and learning technology, including an iPad for each student
  • Qualified teachers with curriculum developed with real-world business executives
  • Guidance and support for college and scholarship applications
  • Completed portfolio at graduation to assist with college applications and scholarships
  • Business plan development for entrepreneurial endeavors or business employment
  • Broad “life” preparation skills
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“I’m excited that my son is attending the JA Academy magnet because he has the opportunity to interact with business leaders in our community who will enhance the business and life skills that he will be learning at the Academy. They have an interactive classroom structure and college campus-like feel, which will also prepare him for college life.”

– Anita Green
Parent of a JA Academy student