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SAIS Featured School: Jackson Preparatory School, Jackson, MS

Wednesday, February 21, 2018  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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Jackson Preparatory School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Founded in 1970, Jackson Preparatory School is the largest secondary independent school in the Jackson, MS, metropolitan area.

From day one, Jackson Prep has sought to inspire and challenge students toward academic, athletic, and artistic excellence, instill personal integrity through biblical values, and equip students to pursue lives of distinction in service to society. Prep recognizes the needs and challenges of today’s student while providing an atmosphere where students can seek excellence conducive to intellectual, cultural, social, spiritual, and physical development.

Academic Excellence

The heart of Jackson Prep is academics, where development of skills and learning lay beyond the mastery of a particular subject. The joint efforts of faculty, students, and parents have created an intellectual climate in which the academic process is paramount. This philosophy has produced Presidential Scholars, millions in college scholarship offers each year, and 579 National Merit Semifinalists – more than any other school in Mississippi, public or private.

Artistic Excellence

The Fine Arts program at Jackson Prep consists of both curricular and co-curricular activities where students are challenged to reach their full potential as artists. The program provides an artistic outlet for students through art classes, competitive show choir competitions, marching and concert bands, or Broadway-level productions in Prep’s state-of-the-art Fortenberry Theatre.

Athletic Excellence

Jackson Prep Athletics have established a legacy of excellence that has yet to be matched.  Since the school’s inception, Prep teams have brought home nearly 300 state and overall championships, and the school has been awarded the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All Sports Award 22 out of the last 23 years. In the last year alone, Prep teams have won nine state championships, including a state record-setting sixth straight state football championship. 

Jackson Prep strives to be a school where learning and character are nourished; where teachers and students are valued as individuals; where differences are respected and talents are nurtured; where success and honest effort are recognized and failures become instructive; where judgments are tempered with compassion and achievements with humility; where education is not an end in itself but a means to the individual's fulfillment as a contributing member of the world community.

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