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Daily Schedule

The daily schedule on campus is quite full. Students are required to attend all classes and activities, and there is little unstructured time. Generally, students attend class from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:00 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, with short breaks in the morning and afternoon and a longer break for lunch. Between the end of class and lights-out, students attend recreational activities, have dinner, return to class for ninety minutes for study hall, and enjoy some social time. Each day concludes with a hall meeting. Lights-out is at 11:00 pm Monday – Friday, midnight on Saturday and 10:00 pm on Sunday. Listed below are the approximate times for daily activities.

Monday – Friday

  7:00 a.m. –   9:00 a.m. Breakfast/Free Time
  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Class
12:00 p.m. –   1:15 p.m. Lunch/Free Time
  1:15 p.m. –   4:00 p.m. Class
  4:30 p.m. –   6:00 p.m. Dinner/Free Time
  6:00 p.m. –   7:15 p.m. Study Hall
  7:30 p.m. –   9:30 p.m. Activity Time
  9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Hall Meeting
10:15 p.m. Curfew
11:00 p.m. Lights Out


  7:00 a.m. –   9:00 a.m. Free Time
  8:15 a.m. –   9:00 a.m. Breakfast/Free Time
  9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Class
11:30 a.m. –   1:00 p.m. Lunch/Free Time
  1:00 p.m. –   5:00 p.m. Activity Time
  5:00 p.m. –   7:00 p.m. Dinner/Free Time
  7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Activity Time & Dance
11:15 p.m. Curfew
12:00 a.m. Lights Out


  7:00 a.m. –   9:00 a.m. Breakfast/Free Time
  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Church/Free Time
12:00 p.m. –  1:00 p.m. Lunch/Free Time
  1:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m. Activity Time
  5:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m. Dinner/Free Time
  7:00 p.m. –  8:30 p.m. Study Hall
  8:30 p.m. –  9:00 p.m. Hall Meeting
  9:15 p.m. Curfew
10:00 p.m. Lights Out

Co-Curricular Activities

Each morning before class, students have the opportunity to participate in one of several activities that are supervised by preceptors.  Due to the student interest, most of these activities tend to be athletic in nature . . . several students like to jog or walk around the community.

In the afternoon many attend Truman’s Student Recreation Center where they may play sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, and racquetball.  Students who are over 14 are also allowed to use the University’s weight equipment.

Students who decide not to attend one of the morning or afternoon activities are allowed to do such activities as: go to the campus library to study, to complete their homework, to check their email, to catch up with laundry, etc.  Many students use this time to meet in the commons area at the residence hall and hang out with their friends. Students wanting to bring their musical instruments to practice or perform while at JBA will have access to practice rooms in the Fine Arts building on campus, Ophelia Parrish.  Students may also be interested in performing during the Talent Showcase at the end of the Session.

In the evening after study hall, students are required to participate in an activity. The Activities Directors  plan 7-8 choices most days, providing a selection of athletic, intellectual, creative, and recreational activities. Typical activities include dodgeball, jewelry making, theater games, chess, crafts, Ultimate Frisbee, painting, hiking, Capture the Flag, swing dancing, cooking, swimming, concerts on the square, and short trips to local Kirksville stores.

JBA Olympics

The cost for most activities is included in the student’s tuition: students who choose to sign up for craft activities or off-site activities, such as movies, swimming or shopping may be required to pay a nominal fee.

A few select nights during the session the students will enjoy the JBA Carnival, dress up for “Halloween in the summer” or may choose to perform in the JBA Talent Showcase.

On the weekends the Academy provides more ambitious activities, including evening dances, the JBA Olympics, Lip Sync competition, a quiz bowl tournament, and a dodgeball competition.  Students also have “down time” to catch up on laundry or just relax and talk with friends.

Last Friday of JBA

The last Friday of JBA students will attend classes until approximately 3:00 pm. Students will then have the chance to do any final cleaning of their rooms as well as packing to go home.  If you arrive when your son or daughter gets back from class in the afternoon, you may go up to the student’s room to start moving things the student no longer needs to your car.  Students will be cleaning, getting ready for the Closing Reception, and eating dinner between 3:00-5:00 pm.

Last Friday Evening Schedule

5:40 p.m. Parents may meet in the courtyard to be escorted to the Closing Reception by a JBA Staff member or you may just arrive at the Student Union HUB for the Closing Reception any time after 5:45 pm.  Students will assemble in the courtyard by class for the walk over to the Closing Reception.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Closing Reception.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Check out only for any students leaving JBA early (Students will not be allowed to check out any time before this.  Students who check out on Friday will not be allowed to attend the all-nighter).
8:00 pm Students go to Quiz Bowl finals.  Parents are welcome to attend.
8:30 pm Back to residence hall to finish cleaning rooms or packing and get ready for the dance (for those students who have not completed their cleaning or packing yet).
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm Dance, dance, dance!
11:30 pm Back to residence hall to get things for the All-Nighter.
12:00 am – 6:30 am All-Nighter – final games of dodgeball, movies, activities, trips to Taco Bell, and hanging out with friends! (Sorry, no parents allowed!)

Tentative Schedule for Departure Day

Students flying home board the bus to the airport (time is based on departure flight times).
8:00 am Check out begins – Parents meet your son/daughter in the main lounge, move everything out of their residence hall room, and then come back to the main lounge to begin the check out process. A staff member will accompany the student back to his/her room to make sure everything has been removed and the room is clean.  The remaining check out will take place at stations in the main lounge.
8:15 am – 9:30 am Breakfast
10:00 am The last student goes home.  (Note: most students will be moved out by 9:30 am.)