University School of Jackson

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Tel: (731)664-0812
  • University School of Jackson is West Tennessee's College Preparatory School.
  • USJ educates students from prekindergarten (starting with 2 year olds) through 12th grade.
  • Students from throughout West Tennessee attend USJ because of its challenging, college-preparatory curriculum; extensive athletics and fine arts program; and its focus on character education and leadership.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1970

Student Body

Total Students1178 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by GradeUniversity School of Jackson Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Studio Art I, II, III, U.S. History, Biology, Calculus AB, BC, Chemistry, English III Language, English IV Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Physics B, Spanish Language
Average SAT score1116
Average ACT score26
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Students wear uniforms; khaki pants & skirts; plaid jumpers, etc.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$8,470
Tuition NotesTuition starts at $6,400 for Jr. Cubs (age 2 by Aug. 31)
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKay Shearin


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Chemistry Club, French Club, International Club, Key Club, Lower School PAL, Middle School Student Council, National Art Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Science National Honor Society, SGA, Social Science Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Societe Honoraire de Francaise, Spanish Club, Theater/Musicals and Plays

School Notes

  • From the child-centered environment in the Lower School to the college advanced placement courses in Upper School, USJ offers each child an education that will prepare him or her for college … and success in life. USJ gives each child the resources he needs to succeed and to develop his full potential. USJ teachers and staff work in partnership with the parent and child in providing an education that goes beyond a strong curriculum. We share parents' values as we emphasize character education and helping each child make the right choices. Grounded in Judeo-Christian values, USJ provides an environment that stresses a respect of one another and of all religions.
  • Our Mission: The University School of Jackson, a distinctive college preparatory school, seeks to instill a passion for academic excellence and lifelong learning so each student will reach his or her maximum potential.
  • The USJ campus includes a Lower School, which opened in August 2004; an Upper/Middle School, which opened in October 1997; and an extensive athletic complex.
  • USJ educates students from PreK through 12th grade. Our youngest students, Junior Cubs, must be 2 years old by August 31.
  • A member of the TSSAA, USJ fields 41 teams in 13 sports at the Middle and Upper School level. In the 2011-2012 school year, USJ won the state championship in girls soccer, softball, and baseball. The football team finished its season as state runner-up. Twenty-three athletes were amed to All-State teams.  
  • USJ is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • The 103 members of the Class of 2012 are attending 36 colleges across the country. All met college entrance requirements. The top quintile had an average ACT score of 30.5; the class average ACT score was 26.2.
  • The College Board recognized 36 USJ students as Advanced Placement Scholars for scores they earned on AP exams in spring 2012. Students took a total of 166 AP exams with a 91 percent passage rate of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale. USJ offers 16 AP courses and requires all students taking AP courses (the equivalent to college-level courses) to take the exams.
  • The National Merit Foundation recognized three members of the Class of 2013.
  • An impressive 57 percent of seventh grade students qualified for the Duke Talent Identification program this year.
  • The Fine Arts program includes annual music productions in all Lower School grades, Middle and Upper School musicals, art in all grades, band in Middle and Upper School, acting classes, and an extensive music program. The Upper/Middle School has a 500-seat theater; Lower School productions have a stage as part of the Lower School cafetorium.
  • Fine Arts students routinely earn regional and state awards. This year, 39 Middle School and ninth grade students were selected for the All Northwest Junior High Choir, and 30 10th through 12th grade students earned positions in the All Northwest Choir.
  • In the visual arts, USJ students received three Gold Keys, six Silver Keys, and five honorable mentions in the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition. Another USJ student's art represented Madison County in the Congressional Art Competition.
  • Upper School math teams earned first place in every category they entered in the TMTA regional math contest in spring 2012.
  • The Guidance Program includes full-time guidance counselors for all students and a College Advising program in the Upper School.
  • Foreign language instruction begins with Spanish in pre-kindergarten. Third and fourth graders also study French. Fifth graders have a quarter of French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. Middle and Upper School students can take French or Spanish, with honors courses offered in each language. 
  • USJ students routinely participate in regional and state competitions. 
  • Both campuses offer state-of-the-art technology, including computer labs and internet access in each classroom.
  • USJ offers bus transportation from several area towns, and before- and after-school day care.
  • Breakfast and lunch are served at both campuses.
  • Financial aid is available.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  2/6/2017
USJ is the best school in Jackson, TN. Hands down. The academics are outstanding and I just heard that the last 2 graduating classes were offered over $15,000,000 in college scholarships (150 students). The arts and athletic programs are top-notch as well. This is a wonderful school and well-worth the price.
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5  3/29/2013
USJ is a great school that prepares its students for college and beyond. The school offers a supportive environment and a challenging curriculum to motivate students to succeed. It also teaches students to value honor, hard work, service and leadership. As a graduate (class of 1996), I appreciate USJ for the well-rounded education I received and the lifelong friends that I made.
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5  10/6/2012
USJ is probably one of the better learning institutions in the Jackson area. Considering the school system in West Tennessee is in shambles, that is not something to boast about. The institution is centered around politics and economic status. A great deal of the instructors lack the knowledge that a professor at a "university" would have obtained, which may be misleading to some. I attended the school for 7th and 8th grade, while my sibling graduated from the institution. We both went on to graduate from universities in and out of state. Tuition is highly inflated, especially considering it is highly likely graduates will end up in the same college courses at the same universities their public school counterparts.
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