The heart of our school is academics. The founders of
Jackson Prep believed that a rigorous academic program would serve as
the foundation on which to establish an exceptional independent secondary
school. The joint efforts of faculty, students, and parents have created
an intellectual climate in which the academic process is paramount.
Prep's outstanding academic program focuses on development of skills
and learning beyond the mastery of a particular subject. Course options
provide opportunities for high achievement of students and extend beyond
accreditation requirements and programs of other independent schools.
The emphasis is core academic curriculum with elective choices designed
to enhance the talents and interests of students. The appropriate placement
of students supports an impressive array of intellectual challenges
and rewards the efforts of diligent studies. Inspiring instructors are
experts in their disciplines. Their understanding of the learning process
and of adolescents results in great accomplishments.
Jackson Prep is a school with a rich academic tradition that continues
to be energized by the creativity and innovation generated by new faces
and new ideas.
With this in mind, our core curriculum provides every student with
a strong foundation in English, math, science, history, and foreign
languages. Honors programs and Advanced Placement classes are available
in all major areas. Prescribed help is available for students with learning
differences and special needs. Supplementing our core curriculum is
a broad array of electives in the fine arts, business, journalism, and
We are confident that the academic preparation our students receive
at Prep is unparalleled. One indicator is that Jackson Prep is one of
only four Mississippi schools to host a chapter of the Cum Laude Society,
the high school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa. Another is that, since
1970, more Prep students have been named National Merit Semifinalists
than students at any other school in Mississippi, public or independent.
As our students leave Prep for college, many receive prestigious academic
scholarships and attend some of the nation's most respected institutions.
Our graduates discover that they can compete with students from any
To graduate from Jackson Prep requires a minimum of 22 credits in grades
9-12. These credits must include the following:
4 Social Studies
2 Foreign Language
1 Fine Arts
1/2 Computer Application
The above requirements may be altered or adapted to provide the best
program of studies possible for a student who enrolls in Jackson Prep
after completion of the ninth grade. Seniors who fail to complete graduation
requirements will not be permitted to participate in the graduation