Student Organizations

Middle School Clubs

The elected Student Council leads many service projects, including a Christmas food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, Fill A Jug for the local American Red Cross, Keep USJ Beautiful Project, and volunteer work at the Community Soup Kitchen. The Council also organizes an assembly every other week with guest speakers. Other Middle School clubs include the Technology Team, Chess Club, Art Club, and Smile Club. USJ also has Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops.

Upper School Clubs & Organizations

Chemistry Club

The USJ Chemistry Club is chartered through the American Chemical Society. It gives high school students a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom. Students engage in activities that enhance their understanding of the science, gets them involved in the community, and helps them better appreciate how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives.

DSA Buddy Club

DSA Buddy club stands for Down Syndrome Association Buddy club. This is an organization that allows students to get involved with students in the Jackson area who have special needs. Students who join this club are able to create and take part in parties and gatherings for children with special needs. Every year we work with teachers and students from Liberty High school and their weekend program for children with special needs. We join students in their weekend gatherings, create a Christmas party for the children with Down syndrome and volunteer at the Special Olympics. Everything we do is voluntary and we work in the community to create smiles and memories.

Environmental Club

Membership is open to all interested students. The club supports the understanding of environmental issues and runs the recycling program for the Upper School.

French Club

Students taking French as a foreign language are eligible for membership to the USJ French Club beginning in 9th grade. Dues are $20.00, and they are paid once at the start of the fall semester of your freshman year. These dues cover your membership for all four years of high school. The French Club has several meetings throughout the year, often to celebrate holidays and eat food together. The French Club holds an annual bake sale to benefit an orphanage in Haiti.

Key Service Club

Anyone in upper school is welcomed to join Key Service Club. Dues are $5.00 each year, and responsibilities are limited. Between August ant May, this club sponsors three to four projects, including the following: The RIFA Food Challenge, one to two blood drives on the upper school campus, one collection project before Christmas (Members choose the charity.), and one direct donation (usually to RIFA) from dues. Each member should work on at least 2 projects each year.

Make a Wish

The Make-A-Wish Club is open to all upper school students. The goal of the club is to raise sufficient funding to grant the wish of a child with a life-threatening illness. Club dues are $10 per year and are paid at the beginning of the school year. Elected officers and student members organize and implement fund-raising activities such as the 5K Color Run and bracelet sales.

Model UN

The Model UN is an authentic simulation of the United Nations, allowing students to act as ambassadors to a country and work to resolve conflicts. This is a great chance for students to learn about diplomacy and problem solving while developing a more global awareness of problems facing the world today.


SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a national organization whose mission is to "empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them in their daily lives... by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-led chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions." Our school's SADD chapter is open to all students in the upper school. This organization works to educate and prevent destructive decision making amongst students. Throughout the year, SADD engages in community service projects to promote active involvement in the community, prepares and sponsors programs to educate students about the dangers of destructive decisions, and offers a peer-to-peer activism organization that helps combat issues such as underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, teen suicide, and other important issues with which adolescents sometimes struggle.

Spanish Club

As a 9th grader, you are eligible to join USJ's Spanish Club. The dues are a one-time fee of $20.00, which are paid at the beginning of the fall semester and never have to be paid again during your high school career. The Spanish Club meets several different times throughout the year for breakfast and lunch and sponsors the annual Angel Christmas Tree, which collects items for children living at the El Ayudante orphanage in Nicaragua.

National Art Honor Society

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is a program specifically for high school students, grades 10-12, for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. The USJ NAHS chapter was established in 1997. All student members receive the NAHS News, which is published twice a year with reports of chapter activities, art history, student drawings, art careers, photographs, scholarships and general information. Graduating seniors who have maintained requirements receive an honor cord.

Mu Alpha Theta

The University School of Jackson chapter of Mu Alpha Theta is its mathematics honors society. This is an honors society for students who have demonstrated an aptitude and achievement in mathematics. As its annual service project since 2013, USJ members have collected toys for families in Jackson during the Christmas holiday through the Carl Perkins Center. Membership is by invitation only, and the dues are $5 at induction. To be considered for membership, students must be Juniors or Seniors enrolled in Honors Algebra II, Honors Pre-Calculus, or AP Calculus with a GPA of at least 3.0 in past courses.

National English Honor Society

Membership in NEHS is by invitation, extended through a local chapter on behalf of the national organization. Membership in NEHS is an honor bestowed on individuals selected for their accomplishments in the field of English and in overall academic achievement.

The NEHS Constitution sets forth as minimum requirements for active membership the following:

  • Attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester prior to being considered.
  • Completion of the equivalent of two semesters of English prior to induction as members,
  • The achievement of a minimum overall and English grade point average of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) prior to induction as members.
  • $10 Dues
  • 90 average or above overall for all subjects.
  • Participation in the yearly service project.
  • Attendance to all meetings.
  • Remain in the AP English courses both Junior and Senior year.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who have achieved a 92.5 average after fall semester are eligible to apply for membership in the University School of Jackson chapter of the National Honor Society. The final list of students eligible to apply is dependent upon a disciplinary status check. Members must maintain a 90.0 average to remain active in the club. All club members are expected to participate in NHS service projects. This year, the National Honor society organized a Womanless Beauty Review that successfully raised roughly $2700 for Project 541 and Rusty Mac’s Adopt-A-Teen Program.

Science National Honor Society

Membership is limited to Juniors and Seniors who have maintained a 3.5 average overall and in the sciences. Members must also have taken at least one AP science and have been enrolled in either Honors or AP levels of biology, chemistry, and physics. SNHS promotes scientific and intellectual thought and advances students’ knowledge of classical and modern science. It also helps prepare the USJ Science Bowl team and conducts a Science Bowl in the spring for the Middle School.

Social Studies Honor Society

The Social Studies Honor Society consists of Seniors in good standing who have successfully completed an AP history course and want to serve their fellow students. Among their responsibilities are coordinating the Veterans Day program, organizing the 40/40 challenge, and leading our voter registration drive. Members of the honor society receive a red and gray cord at graduation.

Sociedad Honoraria Hispanaica

Students at USJ are eligible to be inducted into The National Spanish Honor Society after having completed three semesters of Honors Spanish with a cumulative average of 93. If students miss the initial induction, they are eligible at the end of each semester through the seventh semester of the high school curriculum. The National Spanish Honor Society works in tandem with The Spanish Club on the Christmas Angel Tree service project to benefit the children living at El Ayudante Orphanage in Nicaragua.

Societe Honoraire de Francais

To be eligible for the National French Honor Society, a student must be at least a sophomore and in French II Honors or a higher level Honors or AP French class. Students must demonstrate and maintain proficiency in their French courses and good standing in their other classes. Dues are a one-time payment of $20.00. NFHS and the French Club host events together.

Tri M

The three M’s stand for Modern Music Masters. The purpose of this Honor Society is to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in the music students of secondary schools. Tri M is under the sponsorship of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In order to be a member of Tri-M, candidates must be enrolled in a school sponsored music ensemble/class, maintain a B average in music with at least a C average in other academic subjects. They also must have demonstrated leadership, service, and character in their activities. In order to receive a Tri M honor cord their senior year, students must have paid their membership dues, completed an acceptance form for membership and accumulate 300 points in performance, service, and leadership while maintaining the previous mentioned requirements and must be currently enrolled in a performing arts class.

Student Government Association

The purpose of the student Government Association is to: provide a democratic form of government in which students can address school related issues; maintain a continuous communication channel from students to both faculty and administration, as well as among students within the school; assist in organizing a year-long program of functions and community involvement projects for students; and to train students in the duties and responsibilities of faith, service, and scholarship. The SGA is comprised of eight officers elected from grades 10-12 along with the officers of each class and club.

Honor Council

Upper School students have taken it upon themselves to make sure student conduct is a matter of honor by instituting an Honor Council and an Honor Code predicated on the assumption that all students are honorable young men and women who have the right to be trusted. The formation of the Honor Council and Honor Code started in the 2008-2009 school year as Honor Council members visited other schools with honor councils, performed online research, and participated in an all-day workshop where they wrote and designed the code, oaths, hearing procedures, constitution, and by-laws. The Honor Code makes students accountable for their own actions, as well as that of their school community, and promotes the goal of character education which can last a lifetime. The Honor Council representatives serve as leaders who seek to maintain an atmosphere of honor and integrity so that both students and faculty can learn and teach in a trusting environment. The Honor Council is comprised of two elected representatives from each grade and one speaker from the senior class. Elections are held annually and all representatives must maintain a 3.5 grade point average. Students who seek a position on the Honor Council do not campaign but are elected based on their commitment to our school and it's honor code. During an assembly at the beginning of each school year, Upper School students recite the Honor Code oath, thereby accepting their responsibility for the Honor Code on campus and at all school functions. Students are charged with supporting the community of trust and integrity embodied in this code and are expected not to condone the violation of this code by others.