University School of Jackson

Upper School Curriculum

Click the link below to view our current course of studies. Each course description includes the academic year(s) students may take the course, course length, prerequisites, and an overview of the course content. 

Course of Study

There are many paths to a USJ diploma, and the charts below help highlight possible academic paths for students. 

The school will make every attempt to honor student course requests; however, it may not be possible to fulfill all scheduling requests due to staffing, enrollment, course sizes, and other considerations that may impact the number of courses and sections offered each year. 

To be complete, student registration forms must be signed by the student and parents/guardians and then returned to the college advising office.

Typical Course of Study

9th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English I
English I (H)
French I
French I (H)
Spanish I
Spanish I (H)
Algebra I
Algebra I (H)
Science History & Social Sciences Electives
Biology
Biology (H)
World History Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility


10th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English II
English II (H)
French II
French II (H)
Spanish II
Spanish II (H)
Geometry
Geometry (H)
Science History Electives
Chemistry
Chemistry (H)
Economics/Government
 
Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

11th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English III
AP English Language
French III
French III (H)
Spanish III
Spanish III (H)
Algebra II
Algebra II/Trig (H)
Science History Electives
Physics
Physics (H)
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
U.S. History
AP U.S. History
 
Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

12th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English IV Modern Literature
AP English Literature
AP French Language
Spanish IV (H)
AP Spanish Language
Algebra III
Pre-Calculus (H)
AP Calculus
Science History Electives
Physics
Physics (H)
AP Physics
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
Anatomy & Physiology
Forensic Science
U.S. History
AP U.S. History
 
Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

Electives

  • AP Psychology
  • Art History
  • Band
  • Book Study Seminar
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Choir/ USJ Singers/ Concert Choir
  • Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Science
  • International Art 
  • Intro to Theater/Advanced Theater
  • Journalism
  • Personal Finance
  • Psychology
  • Sculpture I and II 
  • Speech
  • Strength and Conditioning 
  • Studio Art (I, II, and III)
  • Studio Art AP (I, II, and III)
  • Study Abroad*
  • U.S. & World Issues
  • Wellness
  • World Religions

* Study Abroad (1/2 credit elective)

  • Costa Rica Study Abroad Program: Students are immersed in Spanish for three weeks, earning more than 40 contact hours of instruction at the Intensa Language Institute. Trip is offered during summer of even years.
  • France Study Abroad Program: Students are immersed in French for three weeks, earning more than 40 contact hours of instruction. Trip is usually offered during summer of odd years.

For More Information

David Suber
Upper School Director

[email protected]

Kim Rainey
Upper School Assistant

[email protected]

Carol Ryan
Director of College Advising

[email protected]

Shannon Whisenant
Assistant Director of College Advising

[email protected]

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