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A Standard of Excellence

The University School of Jackson offers students in the Jackson, Tennessee area a premier private independent educational experience. Students from infants - 12th grade are nurtured through a challenging college-preparatory curriculum designed to promote leadership growth and a love for lifelong learning. 



Average Senior ACT Score

$25 million

College Scholarships Awarded Since 2020



AP Courses Offered


Student to Faculty Ratio


Of the Class of 2022 made over a 30 on the ACT


TSSAA All-State Athletes


Annual Artistic Performances and Exhibitions


Tuition Reduction Provided


Clubs &. Honor Societies

USJ Highlights

Headnotes: Responding to the Dilemma of 21st Century Independent School Parenting

We experienced the pleasure of hosting an event earlier this month, and I could not have been more pleased with the conversation led by our team as it related to supporting student success through challenges faced by parents and teachers in meeting the needs of our children. I will endeavor to use this newsletter over the next few installments to initiate a deeper dive into this critically important issue and share “ten practical steps” in hopes of providing support as we work together on behalf of our students.

Headnotes: October 2023

Authors Rob Evans and Michael Thompson are noted school psychologists who do much productive work with independent schools, and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them over the past few years. They shared an idea a couple of summers ago that has been most helpful:

When confronted with difficult issues, there exist two distinct types: problems and dilemmas

Lower School Art Room Dedication

On Tuesday, September 26th we had the honor and pleasure of dedicating the Lower School art room to one of our esteemed former faculty members, Mrs. Kay Thomson.

Headnotes: September 2023

I have a little brother, two years younger than me. While growing up with a single mother who worked, the job fell on me to take care of him. I made sure he made it with me to catch the school bus, and I walked him home from school. I spent much of my childhood looking after him, and I occasionally wake up today in the midst of an older era asking myself if he is alright. During our childhood, he was my best friend and also, much work!

Outdoor Classroom Dedication to Mrs. Lisa Cates

On September 7, 2023 USJ celebrated the completion and dedication of a new outdoor classroom, paying tribute to our beloved 40-year employee, Lisa Cates. The event marked a significant milestone in USJ's commitment to providing innovative learning environments to its students while also celebrating an individual who has dedicated her life to our school.

Portrait of a Graduate


Committed To Excellence

In adherence to our mission, we hire and retain the best available faculty and staff, who constantly evaluate and pursue all alternatives for enhancing the academic strengths of the school, and who strive to cultivate an environment of excellence for our students.

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Guided By Integrity

We are firm and compassionate about building strong character amongst our students. Our community focuses on fairness and consistency in the discipline and ethical development of each student by creating an environment based on moral values and guiding principles.

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Pledged To Honesty

USJ students, faculty, and staff are expected to use facts as the basis for all decision-making and problem-solving.  This is personified by honoring and keeping commitments and being truthful in all dealings.

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Focused With Respect

USJ values the diversity of our student body. We respect others and value each person’s self-worth, and respect authority, the property of others, and the environment.

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Driven By Responsibility

Our faculty and staff encourage confidence and independence by teaching students good work habits and expecting students to accept responsibility for their own actions and give credit to others for their accomplishments. 

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