Lower School

Our Lower School provides a learning environment that focuses on each child as an individual, a caring environment in which the teacher adapts what she is teaching in her classroom to the changing needs of each of her students. Our Lower School, starting with two-year-olds in our Junior Cubs program, offers a child-centered education. Our curriculum is sequential – each lesson builds on what your child already knows. Your child receives new material when he is ready for it.

Our teachers use age-appropriate materials and a variety of teaching strategies to help your child master each tiny step in his education. Our focus is the whole child – as an academic, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual person.

A Warm and Great Learning Environment

Your child will flourish at a school in which he feels loved and valued. We provide meaningful and challenging opportunities to learn in a nurturing and safe environment. Our teachers know their students well and know what each child needs to feel good about himself and to succeed.

Your child’s study of language, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies in the Lower School is enriched with art, music, Spanish, library, technology, and physical education. Students are taught about respecting themselves, their classmates, and others. Our guidance counselor stresses character education and offers a flexible program to address the real needs of a particular child or class.

Our Lower School provides the building blocks for your child to be successful in our Middle School, a transition to the college-preparatory curriculum in our Upper School. The following are a few of the many reasons:

  • USJ offers a solid academic program beginning with Junior Cubs, these two-year-olds are exposed to a broad literacy-based program that builds a foundation for reading, spelling, grammar, and writing skills. A good structured mathematics program also is introduced at this level. These little ones are building skills that will give them a solid foundation for all of the learning that will be introduced at the next levels. The best part is that it is fun and age-appropriate; the children think they are just playing, but playing is part of the learning process.
  • The character education program throughout the Lower School helps students develop skills for everyday living and the character and integrity to be good citizens.
  • Computer classes begin in first grade. Our computer lab is equipped with 25 student computers and a full-time computer teacher.
  • Each child in Jr. Kindergarten to fifth grade participates in a musical production every year, and all Lower School students enjoy a well-rounded, basic music education.
  • Physical education classes are offered in each grade, Junior Cubs-5th grade.
  • Foreign language classes begin with the Junior Cubs. Spanish is taught in Junior Cubs through second grade, with a semester of French added in third and fourth grades. Fifth grade students participate in a “Passport Program” in which a quarter of Japanese, French, German, and Spanish are taught as foreign language with the cultures of those regions being studied in social studies.
  • The science curriculum is enhanced by a hands-on science lab offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • All Lower School students have art class each week. The school is beautifully decorated with student artwork. The “Bruins Art Gallery” features student artists each quarter with a reception held to honor these talented students.
  • The Lower School library is an active and exciting center in our school. Weekly library classes are offered at each grade level. Students also have an opportunity to check out books at “Open Library” each morning and afternoon. The library also is open one day each week in the summer with a story time and an opportunity to check out books.

Add to all of the above a strong and highly qualified faculty, and it is clear that USJ's program is unequaled in the Jackson area. The teamwork between home and school lays a strong foundation that can only lead to success for our students.