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Application Process


Please note that the deadline for applications has been extended to:


Distinguished Nominees who are certified as eligible for the final selection process will receive notification about mid October via email of their Distinguished Nominee designation, as well as information about the program, how to apply online and other application materials required for the Joseph Baldwin Academy.  Final selection as one of the Eminent Young Scholars is based on the online application information, a complete school transcript or grade cards (two full years), and a recommendation from a current teacher.

Applications will not be accepted without two full year’s transcripts, the teacher recommendation* and the signature page.  A copy of a student’s last two years’ transcripts (or grade cards), completed Teacher Recommendation form* and the signature page should be sent to JBA by December 3, 2021.  After the application deadlines, applications go under review by our faculty. Students will be notified of acceptance in early March 2022.

*Note: The process of collecting a letter of recommendation is integrated with the online portion of the application. On the online application, a student will list the name, title, and email address of a teacher they wish to write a letter of recommendation. Our system automatically sends the teacher an email. In that email is a link to an online form they fill out, serving as the letter of recommendation. When they submit the form, it is automatically added to your child’s application. We encourage you and/or your child to communicate with the teacher they list on their application.

Late Applications

Students whose applications and materials are submitted after December 3, 2021 are considered late. Late applications will be received until January 14, 2022. Late applicants will be added to our waiting list while we attempt to place all students who applied on time and handle withdrawals. This process may take time beyond the first payment due date of April 13, 2022.  At that time, we will attempt to place late applicants in any open class choices they made. If there are no available spots in any of your top choices, we will contact you to let you know what classes are still available and give you the option to be considered for one of these courses. Your application will then be forwarded to the instructor of that course for consideration. If the instructor accepts you into his/her class, we will notify you by email. With the higher number of applications we’ve received in recent years, we are not always able to place all students who apply to the Academy.