West Tennessee's College Preparatory School

University School of Jackson is West Tennessee's college preparatory school. It offers a challenging curriculum in a nurturing and safe environment. We educate students from infancy through the 12th Grade. From the child-centered environment in the Lower School to the college advanced placement courses in Upper School, USJ offers your child an education that will prepare him for college and success in life. Learn more.

Staffing Changes for 2017-18

We are pleased to announce Cathy Garrett’s acceptance of the Director of Alumni Relations position. Cathy already serves as the Assistant Director of Development for the school. “The fusion of the two positions seemed like a natural progression as we continue to engage our alumni families in the development of USJ,” says Mr. Hirstein. Cathy is the parent of two USJ alums, Anna and Alex. Her husband Charlie is a past chairman of the board of trustees. Read More

Literacy at USJ: A Workshop Approach

This fall, we are excited to launch a workshop approach to literacy at USJ. This is a world-renowned method, used in premier schools around the United States and the world. This approach originated at Columbia University under the guidance of Lucy Calkins, who built on years of research in the development of reading and writing skills in students. Read More


Students Take on Canada

Upper School French students embarked on USJ’s inaugural Canadian Study Program in Québec during the summer of 2017. Students enjoyed excursions such as whale watching in Tadoussac, a weekend trip to Montrèal, and visiting a real native American reservation along with other cultural and social activities while going to immersion classes in Québec City. Read More


1st Annual West Tennessee FCA Weightlifting Competition

USJ hosted a weight-lifting competition for local high school students in April. Teams from South Side High School, North Side High School, Liberty, Trinity, and USJ competed in bench presses, squats, and combine events. This event, which came together through a partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and with the help of local sponsors, featured International Powerlifting Federation World Champion Big Ray Williams as the main speaker. Read More


Fourth Graders Take a Look at Space

Last spring, fourth grade teachers decided to take their students to Huntsville to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center after completing a unit on space in science class. The students studied the rotation and revolution of Earth, solar and lunar eclipses, phases of the moon, and the sun and planets. Read More

New Golf Coach Joins USJ

Shelby Sain has been selected as the new USJ Golf Coach and Lower School Guidance Counselor. Ms. Sain began coaching golf this summer and will assume the additional responsibility of Lower School Guidance Counselor in January following the transition of Laura Moore from Lower School Counselor to Director of Admissions. Read More