Is your child ready to study in the United States for a full year? Are you ready for that transition? If you are unsure, the Jackson Preparatory International Program (JPIP) summer camp can help international students prepare for school in the U.S. or simply improve their English for future success. This two-week, English immersion program, with travel and activities, will give you and your child an opportunity to explore the Southern region of the United States without making a full-year commitment. JPIP summer camp will help international students feel more confident as they move forward with their goals and will give them the opportunity to make new friends from around the globe.
JPIP summer camp will challenge your child mentally and physically. With activities that include playing chess, riding horses, shooting basketball, and spinning the pottery wheel, there is something at Jackson Prep for every camper. The instructors possess superb cross-communication skills and have extensive knowledge in their areas of expertise. The chess instructor teaches AP English Literature and Greek during the school year. Our pottery instructor is the principal of the school and holds a PhD in chemical engineering. As you can see, your child will be taught and coached by adults with years of experience, not high-school and college students.
Students will not remain on the school’s campus all day but will explore the city and state in the afternoons and on the weekends. There will be field excursions to the home of a Jackson writer, a horse farm, local eateries, two college campuses, the reservoir for a boat ride, Water Park, as well as a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. There are so many fun things to do in Jackson, the largest city in Mississippi. Open up a world of new adventures when you travel to the City of Jackson, Mississippi -- the State Capital .
Students will stay with host families, which will give them a glimpse into the lives of American families. The hosts are current teachers at Jackson Preparatory school and many have children still living at home. The host families will provide transportation to and from camp each day. They will also provide morning and evening meals and a weekend excursion. If parents would like to come for all or part of their student’s visit, we can make recommendations of local hotels and we will arrange pickup from the Jackson International Airport (JAN).
Visiting campus is potentially the most important step in deciding which school your student will attend. Here you can begin to experience the uniqueness of Jackson Preparatory School.
Experience the 360° tour using any desktop, tablet or mobile browser. If you have a virtual reality viewer or Google Cardboard for your smartphone you can escape to our beautiful campus. Follow the steps below:
Start viewing Prep's virtual reality experience in three easy steps.
STEP 1: Download the YouVisit VR Showcase App on your phone.
STEP 2: Click this link - then click the "Goggle icon" (This will open the YouVisit VR Showcase App.
STEP 3: Relax. Escape & Tour our Campus. Virtual Reality makes you the Tour Guide
Jane Zhu, Director of the Jackson Prep International Student Program, has over 30 years teaching experience. In addition to being the Director of the International Program, she also teaches Mandarin Chinese classes at Jackson Prep. In her role as Director, Mrs. Zhu supervises the overall international student program, and is the school’s liaison to international students and their families. She manages the international admission process and is the guidance counselor during students' acclimation to Jackson Prep. In addition to her time spent at Jackson Prep, Mrs. Zhu is also a creative writer and caring mother of three children.
Kimberly Van Uden has been teaching
mathematics for 23 years. She currently
teaches Honors Trigonometry and AP
Calculus AB and BC. She has traveled with students nationally and internationally and now looks forward to hosting students in her home state of Mississippi.
Chere Guilbeau is the Algebra I teacher
at Jackson Prep School. She has been
a teacher at Prep for four years. She has
taught mathematics and science for
over 10 years. She has a BS in education with focus on math and science from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. Currently, she has two children attending prep, Victoria (11th grade, class of 2018) and Jean-Paul (10th
grade, class of 2019), and a graduate of Prep, Marisol (class of 2015).
Vicki King has been working at Jackson Prep for 15 years. She served as the Director of Communications until two years ago when she became the Director of Events and Partnerships. This year, she will add Director of Summer Camps to her job duties. She is looking forward to working with the International Summer Camp program. Vicki has three Prep alumni in her family: husband Larry (class of 1974), son Dillon (class of 2008), and son Connor (class of 2010).