About Prep


Specializing in secondary education since 1970, Jackson Preparatory School (Prep) has produced 517 National Merit semifinalists, including 10 from the class of 2010. Statewide, Prep is one of four schools selected for a cum laude chapter, the high school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa. Students consistently win regional and national awards in language, literature, art, mathematics, science, music, and drama. In athletics, Prep teams remain among the leaders of the conference in overall championships.

Jackson Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school enrolling 792 students in grades six through twelve. The school is located on a 74 acre campus east of Jackson and is the largest independent secondary school in the state of Mississippi. The student body is diverse, representing various racial, ethnic, economic, and religious groups.

The Prep faculty/staff is comprised of 90 dedicated and experienced professionals, including 49 with post-graduate degrees. Seven faculty members hold doctoral degrees. The average class size is 17 students.

In recent years, Prep students have earned many scholarships and awards including the Presidential Scholars Award, Principal’s Leadership Scholarship, Robert Byrd Scholarship, Intel Talent Search Scholarship, National Merit Corporation Scholarship, Coca-Cola Scholarship, and numerous academic and leadership awards from individual colleges and universities. The Class of 2010 accepted $2.8 million in merit-based scholarsihps and offered scholarships totaling $7.7 million. Prep teams routinely win quiz bowl matches, math and science tournaments, literary contests, mock trial competitions, debate tournaments, and many other academic competitions.

Prep students have many opportunities to develop physically, socially, and emotionally through participation in a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The student government association, debate team, student publications, service clubs, academic honorary societies, band, choir, spirit teams, visual arts classes and exhibits, drama and musical theater productions, and special interest clubs are representative examples of the co-curricular activities available to students.

Prep enjoys statewide and regional recognition for its competitive athletic programs. Varsity teams compete in Class AAA of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. Prep also competes against schools from outside this association and from other states and regions. Prep teams have won championships in football, basketball, baseball, track, crosscountry, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and golf. Since 1970, over 170 Prep graduates have participated in collegiate athletics.

Jackson Prep's campus is home to an impressive complex of flexible educational facilities. The Junior High and Senior High buildings each include academic classrooms, science labs, and computer centers with Internet-connected workstations. A world languages lab is located in the Senior High building. The new Guyton Science Center houses six state of the art science classrooms with laboratories and the Lyceum, a two hundred seat lecture/meeting facility. Division administrators and counselors are located in both buildings.

The creative heart of the campus is the McRae Fine Arts and Media Center, which houses three art studios, a ceramics studio, band hall, choir room, and art gallery. The McRae Center is also home to the Jesse Howell Library, administrative and development offices, and the office of admission. The second floor houses two sixth grade classrooms and the business and technology offices.

The Fortenberry Auditorium and Gymnasium, along with the J.O. Manning Patriot Center, provide athletic venues, a performing arts complex, dressing rooms, weight rooms, coaches’ offices, and laundry facilities. Prep's outdoor athletic complex includes lighted baseball, softball and soccer fields, a football stadium with a 400-meter track, eight wheelchair-accessible tennis courts, a crosscountry course, and practice fields.

Th multi-functional Dining Commons and outdoor plaza, Patriot Avenue features an amphitheater designed to focus on student activity and entertainment, creating a welcoming atmosphere for student fellowship.