News Highlights


Decades: 10 years of Pops

Monday, our USJ Combined Choir will be presenting an evening of music from the 1950s all the way to today. Cost of tickets is $5 per person. You will not want to miss this performance!

Russ Ellis Named Chief Development Officer

As Chief Development Officer, Mr. Ellis will work closely with our Director of Development, Ron Kirkland, and Assistant Director of Development, Cathy Garrett, to create and implement a short- and long-term advancement plan to meet development goals and objectives and cultivate relationships with key constituents.

Mr. Ellis will also work to promote the need for philanthropy to sustain a specialized and quality education and foster excitement for fundraising efforts. He along with Cathy Garrett will also oversee the management of gift processing and donor acknowledgment. Learn More.

Kevin Cheng selected to perform in the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

Sophomore Kevin Cheng is an accomplished violinist, who has been playing since the age of nine. During the High School Performance Series, selected musicians rehearsed and performed under renowned conductors and had the opportunity to meet other like-minded musicians from around the world as they prepareed for and performed at a truly world-class venue.

Coach Shutes and Our Lady Bruins Finished The Season Strong

Coach Tony Shutes and the Lady Bruins had an outstanding 2017-2018 season. Coach Shutes marked his 500th career win, Senior Ashton Hulme scored her 1000 game point, and the team ended the season 27-5. Learn More.

College Credit Options at USJ

USJ offers several options that allow students to earn college credit while attending USJ. Our College Advising office works closely with students to assess which option best suits their post-secondary goals. Learn More.

Outlying Counties Transportation Services

The University School of Jackson offers transportation services for USJ students living in the Brownsville, Bolivar, and South Jackson areas. Learn More.

Laura Moore Takes Over As The New Director of Admissions

We begin the new year with Laura Moore moving into the Director of Admissions role at USJ following the retirement of Kay Shearin. Laura has been with USJ for 14 years and has a great understanding of the excellent programs we offer at our school. Learn More.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for 2018

Congratulations to our students who received an award at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for 2018. There were over 3000 entries this year and USJ had nine pieces selected for the show. Thank you to Anna McPeake and Libby Lynch for their outstanding work with our students.

School Nurse Mary Ann Giampapa Works to Keep USJ Happy and Healthy

Our on-site school nurse, Mary Ann Giampapa, is tasked with the oversight of school health services and to promote health education. Because healthy children are successful learners, school nurses advocate for the physical, emotional, mental, and social health of students. Learn More.


Don Roe Appointed to Tennessee Historical Commission

USJ Middle School Director, Don Roe, was recently appointed to the Tennessee Historical Commission as a Representative of West Tennessee. The Tennessee Historical Commission is the State Historic Preservation Office for Tennessee and has multiple programs related to state- wide historic preservation and also works to implement the programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Read More

A Salute to Our Veterans

I had the privilege of attending the USJ salute to Veterans on Tuesday. It is always one of my favorite performances, and I always leave feeling a sense of pride in our school and our country.

I look back at my time in the army, and it feels like a lifetime ago. In a way, it was. I was 22 months removed from college. Before my time in the service, I had been a teacher at Montgomery High School in New Jersey and was also coaching the JV baseball team. I remember thinking that I was missing something. I had been a member of my college baseball team and enjoyed the feeling of being part of a team. Read More

Donald Newman Endowed Chair of Mathematics

Donald Newman’s name is synonymous with mathematics at the University School of Jackson, a reputation that is well earned. To honor Mr. Newman and to thank him for all he has meant to the USJ community for the past 32 years, USJ has established the Donald Newman Endowed Chair of Mathematics. This endowment will help ensure USJ’s ability to hire and retain outstanding faculty in mathematics like Mr. Newman.

If you would like to make a donation to the Donald Newman Endowed Chair of Mathematics, click here. Your donation will truly make a difference at the University School of Jackson by preparing students for the rigors of college level math, as well as their professional futures.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jersey Presentation

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jersey Presentation for USJ senior Charles Campbell will be Thursday, September 28th from 12:45 p.m.- 1:10 p.m in the Upper School gym. Representatives from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will execute the jersey presentation and officially invite a USJ football coach of Charles’ choice to attend the bowl in San Antonio, Texas. This will be a memorable event for Charles and his family.

Bank of Jackson Art Show

Congratulations to the following middle school students for having artwork selected for the Bank of Jackson Art Show. Pictured from left to right: 6th graders, Eady Davenport and Madeline Craig; 7th graders, Sophia Karg and Cassidy Bruno; 8th graders, Carly Ingram and Ani Garabedian. The opening reception is Tuesday, October 24th from 5 - 7 p.m. and the artwork will be on display until November 17th. To view more of our students’ artwork, click here.

Veterans Day Program

On Tuesday, November 7, University School of Jackson will present a program in honor of the veterans who were willing to give their lives to preserve our freedom and the American way of life. America's 25 million living veterans deserve our lasting respect and appreciation. Please join us November 7 at 1:00 pm and/or 2:00pm in the Blankenship Theater for a salute to our veterans and current members of the Armed Forces. All are welcome to attend this public event as we say thank you for the sacrifices that they have made for us.

July 2017

Brandt Named Educator of the Week

Kathy Brandt, Junior Cubs teacher, was named WBBJ's Educator of the Week. This made her eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery, Educator of the Month Award. Mrs. Brandt says, “Being recognized as Educator of the Week came as a complete surprise to me. It was so encouraging to be recognized in a profession that I absolutely love. I am grateful for all the parents who entrust their sweet children to the USJ faculty.” Congratulations, Mrs. Brandt!

The Future of Education at USJ

I spent the summer researching trends in independent school education. In my previous life in the military as well as my time spent in the banking sector, we always studied trends. In the Army, leading up to the Gulf War, we studied the trends of the Iraqi Republican Guard. We looked at how they would respond in particular situations and trained accordingly. In the banking sector, we always paid attention to economic trends, interest rates, etc. When I first got back into education thirteen years ago, I found it odd that schools didn’t really pay attention to trends in education. Read More

Staffing Changes for 2017-18

We are pleased to announce Cathy Garrett’s acceptance of the Director of Alumni Relations position. Cathy already serves as the Assistant Director of Development for the school. “The fusion of the two positions seemed like a natural progression as we continue to engage our alumni families in the development of USJ,” says Mr. Hirstein. Cathy is the parent of two USJ alums, Anna and Alex. Her husband Charlie is a past chairman of the board of trustees. Read More

Literacy at USJ: A Workshop Approach

This fall, we are excited to launch a workshop approach to literacy at USJ. This is a world-renowned method, used in premier schools around the United States and the world. This approach originated at Columbia University under the guidance of Lucy Calkins, who built on years of research in the development of reading and writing skills in students. Read More

June 2017

Students Take on Canada

Upper School French students embarked on USJ’s inaugural Canadian Study Program in Québec during the summer of 2017. Students enjoyed excursions such as whale watching in Tadoussac, a weekend trip to Montrèal, and visiting a real native American reservation along with other cultural and social activities while going to immersion classes in Québec City. Read More

1st Annual West Tennessee FCA Weightlifting Competition

USJ hosted a weight-lifting competition for local high school students in April. Teams from South Side High School, North Side High School, Liberty, Trinity, and USJ competed in bench presses, squats, and combine events. This event, which came together through a partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and with the help of local sponsors, featured International Powerlifting Federation World Champion Big Ray Williams as the main speaker. Read More

Fourth Graders Take a Look at Space

Last spring, fourth grade teachers decided to take their students to Huntsville to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center after completing a unit on space in science class. The students studied the rotation and revolution of Earth, solar and lunar eclipses, phases of the moon, and the sun and planets. Read More

New Golf Coach Joins USJ

Shelby Sain has been selected as the new USJ Golf Coach and Lower School Guidance Counselor. Ms. Sain began coaching golf this summer and will assume the additional responsibility of Lower School Guidance Counselor in January following the transition of Laura Moore from Lower School Counselor to Director of Admissions. Read More

May 2017

USJ Announces New Head Football Coach

Michael Stroup, former head coach of Scotts Hill High School, will be leading the USJ Bruins when they take the football field this fall. Read More

Blog: “I Remember that Worksheet Packet,” Said No Student Ever.

We are ending another school year, and summer is upon us. I fondly recall my childhood towards the end of a school year with anticipation of summer and all of the great things that came with it, mostly the fact I didn’t have to go to school. I was free to play outside, get dirty, explore the creek next to my grandparents’ house, go fishing, play ball, ride my bike, and pass out from exhaustion later that evening only to wake up in the morning and do it all over again. Read More

USJ Announces New Director of Admissions

The University School of Jackson is pleased to announce that Laura Moore has been selected as the new Director of Admissions beginning January 1, 2018, following the retirement of Kay Shearin who has served the school in this role for thirty years. Read More

April 2017

USJ Successfully Achieves SAIS Reaccreditation

University School of Jackson is now a reaccredited member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). To earn accreditation from SAIS, USJ complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school’s mission. Read More

USJ Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall

In February, the USJ Choir performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of MidAmerica Productions’ choral showcase series. MidAmerica Productions' concerts feature choral groups singing oratorios, accompanied by a full orchestra—the New England Symphonic Ensemble. The group performed a number of classical pieces, including Handel's Coronation Anthems, HWV 258, 260, 261, and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Op.80. Read More

Driver Education Now Available!

USJ announces a partnership with, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests specifically based on the state’s DMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests. Read More

March 2017

Another Successful Math-A-Thon Complete

Every other year, students in the Lower School at USJ raise funds for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a Math-A-Thon campaign. In recent years, USJ has been one of the top donors in the nation, even breaking the all-time Math-A-Thon fundraising record in 2015. USJ continues its tradition of fundraising excellence in 2017—totaling $73,586 in donations. Grade-level winners were given a dress-down day and a free recess, and all students who raised over $1,000 will receive a trip to Skyzone. Read More

Lady Bruins Finish as Runners-Up at State

dr kirklandThe Lady Bruins gave a tremendous performance in the state championship basketball game. The final score was 70-54 in favor of Northpoint. We are so proud of our Lady Bruins' fantastic season!

Dr. Ron Kirkland Named Director of Development at USJ

dr kirklandUniversity School of Jackson is excited to announce Dr. Ron Kirkland is taking on the role of Director of Development, beginning in mid-March. Dr. Kirkland, a retired ENT physician from The Jackson Clinic, has recently been assisting with development for the University of Tennessee at Martin. Read More

February 2017

Two USJ Students Selected as Finalists for Presidential Scholars Program

University School of Jackson seniors Page Askins and John Stanford have been selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They have been invited to apply for this competition and are currently in the process of finalizing their applications. Read More

Colors of Music 2017

Congratulations to the following students for having artwork selected to compete in the Color of Music Art Contest: Skyla Ziegler (not pictured), Sophia Karg, Efosa Osayamen, Claudia Amos, Caroline Wilkerson, Stephanie Nnaji, Julie Wagner, Jenna Leigh Sammons, and Abby Porter. Read more

Preparation Underway for St. Jude Math-A-Thon

Our Math-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has begun. If you choose for your child to participate in the collection of donations for this project, you can begin collecting now. The event will be held on Friday, March 3, and donations are due on that day.Read more

Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition

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January 2017

NEW Infant & Toddler Program

Beginning in August 2017, we are expanding our Early Childhood Program to include toddlers and infants as young as six weeks of age. This facet of the program will provide nurturing care and guidance as children grow and develop through play and discovery. Learn More

USJ Students Recognized in Student Art Competition

Congratulations to USJ art students whose work was accepted into the 2016 West Tennessee Regional Art Center Competition Learn More

December 2016

Save the Date! Lower School Open House

Please join us on Sunday, January 29th from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. to learn more about our Lower School. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about USJ. In the meantime, if you have any questions about enrollment, please contact Kay Shearin at 731.660.1692.

USJ Announces New Middle School Director

Don Roe has been named University School of Jackson’s Middle School Director effective July 2017, replacing Jim Hardegree who is currently the Interim Director. Hardegree will assume his previous responsibilities as the Dean of Students. Learn More

USJ Announces New Lower School Director

Louise Dunn has been named University School of Jackson’s Lower School Director effective July 2017, replacing Debbie Ford who announced her intention last spring to retire after 25 years of service to USJ. Dunn is currently vice- principal of the lower school at Gems American Academy, Abu Dhabi, UAE, a division of over 950 students where she has been since 2013. Learn More

November 2016

USJ Choir Students Excel This Fall

The fall semester brings numerous opportunities for choir students to showcase their talents, and students at USJ have not missed out. From the local stage to the national arena, choir members have represented the school well this November. Learn More

Preparation Underway for 46th Annual Holiday Mart

Volunteer sign-up for this year's Holiday Mart on November 18-20 is underway. Check out this video of USJ staff and students that showcases why you should support the "U" at this year's Mart. Learn More

USJ Golf Teams Win 3rd in State

The USJ Bruin boys and girls golf teams both finished 3rd in Division II-A state tournament. Hatchett, New, Davis and Kirk finished in top 10. Learn More

Coach Simmons Awarded Coach of the Year Award

Congratulations are in order for Coach Oliver Simmons. Coach was named the Division II-A 2015-16 Don Meyer Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee (BCAT). Learn More

Homecoming 2016

Festivities begin at 1 p.m. as all USJ students line the campus to wave as the Upper School celebrates Homecoming 2016 with a campus-wide parade. All current families, parents, grandparents, and alumni are invited to attend. Learn More

USJ Unveils Five-Year Strategic Plan

On Tuesday, August 30, the USJ community gathered in the Blankenship Theater for the unveiling of the school’s new five-year strategic plan. Consultant Ian Symmonds and our Head of School Stuart Hirstein presented the details of the plan to those gathered there, providing insight into the future of USJ.

Download the strategic plan in its entirety here.

October 2016

The Little Mermaid Premieres Next Week

The dates for the show are Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. Cost for admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and non-USJ students. Learn More

Alumni Parent Becomes USJ Board Chairman

John New Jr., USJ alum and parent, has taken over as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. John, who graduated from USJ in 1988, is a Financial Advisor with BancorpSouth, where he has worked for 11 years. Learn More

Great Year-End for the Dunn Family

When The Jackson Sun announced end-of- year honors, the Dunn family found themselves claiming not just one but two titles. Recent USJ graduate Addison Dunn was named Female Athlete of the Year, while her father, Coach Brian Dunn, earned the title of All-West Tennessee Softball Coach of the Year. Learn More

September 2016

Students to Perform Original Play

Join us this weekend for "Wake Up." This is an original play written by three USJ students. Tickets will be available at the door and all proceeds will benefit Aspell Recovery Center. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at the upper school front office. Learn More

Boys' Tennis Brings Home State Title

This past spring, USJ’s boys’ tennis team brought home the state title, something that Coach Ted Measley had intended for the team all year long. Learn More

Baseball Honors for USJ Athletes

Congratulations to Ryan Rolison for earning the 2016 DII-A Mr. Baseball award and to Logan Carey for being recognized as a 2016 DII-A Mr. Baseball finalist. Learn More

UTK Hosts Elite Linemen Camp

University of Tennessee at Knoxville head coach Butch Jones and members of the Vols’ coaching staff hosted an elite linemen camp at Kirkland Field on Wednesday, June 8. This satellite offensive line/defensive line camp was the only one of its kind in West Tennessee. “This camp brought a lot of people from West Tennessee to our campus, which is a great thing for our school,” says USJ Head Football Coach Rusty Bradley. Learn more.

May 2016

Carey Inducted Into Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame

Former USJ baseball coach Jimmy Carey was inducted into the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame’s 31st class this April. Coach Carey, who led the Bruins to three state baseball titles—1999, 2001, and 2002—coached at USJ from 1996 to 2003.Learn More

Two Students Awarded San Francisco Trip Through CO:de Catalyst Program

Two USJ students were chosen to travel to San Francisco this summer through the CO:de Catalyst program. Upper School students Larissa Rose and Evan Patterson won the trip from the Co. They follow in the footsteps of Chinaza Nwokolo, who went on the trip last year as the first USJ student to ever win the opportunity. Learn More

Students Recognized by Duke Talent Identification Program

Several students in the seventh-grade class earned recognition from the prestigious Duke University academic program for gifted students. Braden Sallee earned Grand Recognition, a national honor for students who scored in the highest 3 percent of the Duke Talent Identification Program. He was invited to Duke University for the ceremony. Learn More

Trey Smith

Congratulations to Trey Smith on being name the #1 prospect in the 2017 ESPN 300 Jackson Sun ESPN

Annual Medieval Feast Day a Success for Fourth Graders

Costumed students paraded through the halls and into the festooned cafetorium. They were then announced by their royal names and presented to Queen Lisa Cates before taking their place at the feast tables to enjoy their meal.Learn More

April 2016

Morganti Named WBBJ Educator of the Week

Karen Morganti, Cubs teacher, was named WBBJ's Educator of the Week. She is now eligible for the state-wide Tennessee Education Lottery, Educator of the Month award. To vote for her (starting in May), go to Congratulations, Mrs. Morganti, and thank you for all you do!

Steel Magnolias Opens to large crowds

The drama department’s spring production of Steel Magnolias was a hit. The show ran from April 8-10 and performed for great crowds. Learn More

Art Showcased at Ned Gallery

This spring, 35 art students showcased their work in the Ned’s art gallery. The collection numbered 55 pieces, five of which were the work of art teacher Libby Lynch.Learn More

A Cosmic Concert

A Cosmic Concert will be held at Blankenship Theatre on April 25th and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and tickets are available for purchase at the Upper School front desk.

March 2016

Students Raise Money for March of Dimes

Middle Schoolers came together on Wednesday, March 9, for an afternoon of festivities, with the goal of raising money for the March of Dimes. They accomplished everything they had intended, with fun had by all and $5,700 raised for the March of Dimes. Learn more

Students Receive Scholastic Art Awards

Every year, the USJ Arts Guild gives away a scholarship to a student, or students, to use at a one-time camp, class or event. This year, we are pleased to announce our scholarship recipients are Kayla Puzdrakiewicz and Nicholas Ballard. Learn more

Strength and Conditioning Facility Completion

Spring is just about here and training is in full swing in the Strength & Conditioning Facilities. Learn more

Dian Eddleman Named President-Elect of NAfME Southern Division

Director of Choral Activities Dian Eddleman has been named President-Elect of the Southern Division of the National Association for Music Education. Learn more

USJ Student Named to All-West Band

Upper School band student Tyler Bruno was selected to participate in the All-West Band Concert at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, TN. The two-day event featured Jazz & Orchestra on February 12 and Concert Bands on February 13. Sponsored by the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, All-West is an annual event for area high schools. Learn more

Third-Annual Boots & Bowties a Success

On Saturday, February 20, the STAR Center was transformed into the place for an elegant affair for Boots & Bowties, USJ’s annual fundraiser. Learn more

February 2016

Whisenant Takes Gold in Swimming at State

Eric Whisenant has been swimming competitively for nine years, but this year, he swam a race he won’t soon forget when he won first place in the 100 yard back at the 2016 TISCA Tennessee High School Swimming and Diving Championships. Learn more

Third Grade Learns All About Jackson

Every year, USJ’s third grade classes complete a Flat Stanley unit to learn about new places, but this time, they utilized their study as an opportunity to discover more about their own city. Learn more

Fifth Grade Learns Through Biography Day

At the beginning of November, the fifth graders began a study on biographies, ranging from past presidents to Steve Jobs to Dolly Parton. After finishing their biographies, each student made a hole for their head and arms and created authentic decorations of their subjects. The students then put on a biography parade for the school. Their parents were also invited to attend. Learn more

Arts at the U Event Showcases Array of Talent

On Monday evening, February 9, the Upper School was packed with individuals eager to experience art the USJ way at the second annual Arts at the U event. Learn More

Fifth Graders Visit the Middle School

Each year, USJ takes care to introduce its fifth graders to what’s ahead for them the following school year by having the students over to spend a day in the Middle School. They join the Middle School students for lunch and then take a tour of their new classrooms with the assistance of sixth grade tour guides. This is followed by a question and answer session in the gym, in which students get to ask whatever is on their minds. Learn More

January 2016

USJ Announces Head Football Coach

Rusty Bradley, head coach of Christian Academy of Knoxville, will be leading the USJ Bruins when they take the football field this fall. “We were impressed by the success he’s had in his division and in the private school system,” said USJ Athletic Director Jody Evans. “Rusty’s character, the way he runs his team, his offensive philosophy…all of these things make him a perfect fit for USJ.” Learn more

Students Receive Scholastic Art Awards

We had several students submit work to the 2016 Scholastic Art Awards. After four days of judging over 2,600 works, the Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention selections have been made! Congratulations to the following USJ students for placing in this prestigious national art competition. Learn more

Students chosen to participate in the 37th Annual UT-Martin Honor Band Festival

We are proud to announce the following students have been chosen to participate in the 37th Annual UT-Martin Honor Band Festival. learn more

Third Grade Musical: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

See some photos from this year's third grade musical. Learn More

Congratulations to the HOBY essay winners

We would like to congratulate this year's sophomore class HOBY essay winners: Ashlee Dunn (first place) and Ubaid Tanveer (runner-up). Nine students applied, which is the most we've ever had. The winners will represent USJ at a Leadership Conference this May in Nashville. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

Alumna Returns to Jackson for Lecture and Recitals

We are excited to welcome USJ alumna and current University of Tennessee at Knoxville Ph.D. student Catherine Greer back to Jackson this weekend as she shares her talent for music and interest in the Holocaust with the community. Catherine will be a guest at Congregation B'nai Israel on Friday night, where she will give a vocal recital at 8 p.m. after the 7 p.m. service. She will also present a lecture and recital entitled "Music in Theresienstadt" at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where she grew up, on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Please Join Us: Dr. Michael Thompson at USJ Monday Night

On Monday, January 4, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Michael Thompson will be speaking on his book The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life in the Blankenship Theater. Dr. Thompson is a clinical psychologist and a New York Times best-selling author. This presentation is free and open to the public. learn more

Junior Seminar Presenters

We had a great panel of presenters for juniors & their parents. Students were given a rotation schedule so they could attend each presentation. Potential college athletes and their parents attended an additional presentation during the break assigned for their group. Learn more

December 2015

TAEA West TN Regional Student Art Competition

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted into the TAEA West TN Regional Student Art Competition: Read more.

Addison Dunn Chosen for NSCAA All-South Region Girls' Soccer Team

Addison Dunn was chosen for the NSCAA All-South Region Girls' Soccer team. She is the first USJ player in school history, as well as the only player from West Tennessee (non-Memphis), to ever receive this honor. There were only eight players from Tennessee chosen for this team, including all divisions. Learn More

Sign Up for Christmas Break Fitness or Basketball Camps Today!

This Christmas break, keep your kids active by signing them up for camp with either Upper School Strength & Conditioning Coach Nick Stamper or Upper School Head Basketball Coach Oliver Simmons. These camps are for boys and girls. Learn More

Trey Smith named Lineman of the year

A huge congratulations to Trey Smith for being named the 2015 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Division II-A, Class A Lineman of the Year. Trey was nominated last year and has now won the award as a junior. He is the sixth player from USJ to win the Mr. Football Award.--> Read more.

Upcoming Christmas Choral Concert

The USJ Arts Guild presents a Christmas Choral Concert featuring the Upper and Middle School Choirs on Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m. in the Blankenship Theatre. Admission is free. Selections to include a melody of pieces entitled "Classic Noels" blending classical masterworks with favorite Christmas carols creating a unique collection with a distinctively Baroque touch for the Christmas and Advent seasons. Additional selections will also include O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Christmastime is Here. Read more.

November 2015

Libby Lynch named 2015-16 TAEA NAHS Sponsor of the Year by Tennessee Art Education Association

The Tennessee Art Education Association has chosen Libby Lynch for the 2015-16 TAEA NAHS Sponsor of the Year. Ms. Libby Lynch established the NAHS chapter 1757 at University School of Jackson in Jackson, TN in 1998. Read more.

Christmas Band Concert Coming Up

The USJ Band Department will present Simple Gifts and Carols on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7 PM. The concert will include performances by beginning band, middle school bands and upper school bands. Seniors are Allison Banks, R.M. English, Savannah Head, Aditya Thota, Samantha Strube and Oliver Trigony. Musical selections include songs from Disney's Frozen and Christmas songs from around the world.--> Read more.

Students Participate in the Tennessee Northwest Regional Honor Choir Festival

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Tennessee Northwest Regional Honor Choir Festival.

Players Nominated for Post Season Teams

Congratulations to the following football players for being nominated to post season teams: Read more.

Seventh Graders Take on Atlanta

USJ seventh graders spent a busy three days in Atlanta in October. The students visited CNN Studios, where they learned how green screens work and how broadcasts are done--> Read more.

Addison Dunn Named State Finalist for Wendy's Heisman Award

Soccer and softball player Addison Dunn was named a state finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman. Only two of the state's 20 finalists are from West Tennessee. Across the country, 1,000 students are still competing for the award.--> Read more.

Briarcrest Regional Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following students for their winning entries in the Briarcrest Regional Art Competition--> Read more.

October 2015

Exciting Literary Happenings for Seventh Graders

Teacher Dana Simmons decided to do something different this year, integrating Tennessee author Vince Vawter’s 2014 Newbery Honor book Paperboy into her class. Read more.

State Golf Tournament

All State Golf

Ryan Davis placed 2nd and Shelby Hatchett placed 4th at state golf tournament. Ryan and Shelby both made All State. Read more.

3-D Printer Purchased for Art Classes

3-d printer Middle and Upper School students are learning how to incorporate technological innovations and art through 3-D printing. Read more.

Strength & Conditioning Facility Ribbon Cutting

strength and conditioning

University School of Jackson hosted a ribbon cutting for its new Strength and Conditioning facility on Tuesday, September 29. Read more.

Big Orange Bus Tour

utk day

The Big Orange Bus Tour came to USJ on Thursday, September 24, while traveling the state of Tennessee from the tri-city area to Memphis on a seven-stop tour. Read more.

Students Participate in National Anthem Project

freedom shrine

USJ students recently participated in the National Anthem Project and hosted a Freedom Shrine dedication. Read more.

September 2015

USJ Baseball Player Makes History

USJ baseball player Ryan Rolison has done something no other USJ student, past or present, can say. Read more.

August 2015

Teachers Attend Early Education Conference

Wizard of Oz Auditions - 2015USJ Teachers attend Frog Street’s 23rd Annual Splash Early Childhood Educational Conference. Read more.

Soccer Players Chosen to Play in England

Soccer in England 2015Three USJ boys’ soccer players were chosen to play on the Super Club National Team in England this summer. Read more.

2015-2016 Back-to-School Information

2015 Back To SchoolThe new school year is right around the corner and it's time to start gathering school supplies and checking off that summer reading list. We are excited to start back, and hear about everyone's summer. Read more.

June 2015

Stuart Hirstein to Participate in Heads of School Program

headline 1Head of School Stuart Hirstein has received a fellowship to participate in Columba University’s Klingenstein Center’s 2016 Heads of School Program. The two-week intensive program will provide Hirstein with the chance to attend classes and planned activities, including weekend and cultural events. Read more.


2015 Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Award Winners

2015 Coaches Association Award WinnersUSJ softball players and their coach were honored June 15th, 2015, at the annual TSCA All-Star games at Columbia State College. Read more.



May 2015

Softball team wins region

headline 1The USJ Lady Bruins won the 2015 Region Championship. The team is 29-4 and hosts Friendship Christian May 14 in the TSSAA Sectional. Read more.


2015 Arts Guild Scholarship Awards

headline 1The Arts Guild is pleased to announce the student scholarship awards for 2015. The Arts Guild Scholarships are an application-based award available to students who are rising 10th-12th graders at USJ for the school year following application. Read more.



2015 Senior Thesis Project

headline 1AP English Literature students recently completed a 30-plus-page thesis. Each student had a thesis committee that met regularly as their project developed. When complete, students discussed and defended their papers in front of teachers, parents, classmates, and others at a special ceremony. Read more.


Softball team wins district

headline 1USJ softball won its seventh consecutive district title in 2015 before hosting the Region Final Four May 5 and May 7. The team finished 27-4 on the season going into the Final Four.


Students perform Annie Jr.

headline 1Students from grades six through nine performed Annie Jr. on May 4 in the Blankenship Theatre. Read more.




April 2015

Math students finish strong at TMTA competition

headline 1USJ math students placed high in several events at the Tennessee Mathematics Association’s contest at Freed-Hardeman University. As a team, the school won four events and placed third in the fifth. Read more.


Art project teaches important lesson

headline 1The first grade participated in a special cooperative art lesson using the book The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf, illustrated by Michael Letzig. The story is about the box of crayons that didn’t get along until they realized they were all “different” colors, and they were all necessary and important to complete the picture. Read more.

RIFA benefits when students volunteer

headline 1A trip to New York City can be a life-changing experience, but for USJ’s eighth-graders who opt out of the weeklong fieldtrip, another life-changing experience awaits. Students who stay behind have the opportunity to volunteer from Monday to Wednesday with RIFA. Read more.


2015 Sterling Awards

headline 1Congratulations to Upper School Art Teacher LIbby Lynch for winning a Sterling Award, naming her one of 20 most influential women in West Tennessee for 2015. Other members of the USJ family winning a 2015 Sterling Award are parents Pam Bowers and Lynn Woodside and alumni parent Alice Kirkland.


University School of Jackson's Pops Concert

headline 1Students performed a Pops concert on April 20 in the Blankenship Theatre.



USJ Magazine, Spring 2015

headline 1Take a look inside the spring 2015 edition of USJ Magazine. USJ publishes a magazine twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. Read more.



Lower School celebrates St. Jude fundraiser

headline 1To celebrate raising $78,153 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USJ’s Lower School students donned special Math-a-Thon T-shirts and gathered for a group photo. Once again, USJ students broke records in the amount of money they raised in the Math-a-Thon they hold every other year. Read more about the event.


Alumni Association hosts USJ Weekend on April 17 & 18, 2015

headline 1Families enjoyed a weekend on campus. Sponsored by the Alumni Association, USJ Weekend offered baseball, softball, and tennis games, a barbecue lunch with inflatables for the younger kids, and a movie that opened with live music from Upper School students.


2015 Summer Camps

headline 1Join us for a summer of fun! University School of Jackson offers a wide variety of day camps and courses for kids of all ages. With the exception of our August courses, you do not need to be enrolled at USJ to attend. Read more.


Parent night featured FCD speaker

headline 1USJ sponsored a parent night with a speaker from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) on April 9. FCD Prevention Specialist, Rodney Poole, presented a parent workshop to offer support and guidance in helping your children enjoy a drug-free adolescence. Read more.


Lower School Art Gallery features young talent

headline 1For budding Lower School artists, the Bruin Art Gallery in the school lobby provides an opportunity to showcase their talent while encouraging them to explore their artistic abilities. The gallery of student art features original pieces that demonstrate lessons learned in class. Read more.


March 2015

Color of Music winners

headline 1USJ students won awards in the Jackson Symphony’s Color of Music contest. The art competition and educational project is for kindergarten through eighth-grade students in the region. Students listen to music and visually interpret what they hear. Read more.


2015 Egg Run & Bunny Hop

headline 1The 2015 Egg Run & Bunny Hop, a 5K run and 1-mile fun run, was March 28 at USJ. The event was a fundraiser sponsored by USJ’s freshman class.



Fifth graders perform Destination Rock n' Roll

headline 1Fifth grade students performed Destination Rock n' Roll in the Lower School Cafetorium on March 10. View a slideshow.



Students celebrate Daisy-Head Mayzie Day

headline 1Lower School students in Star Mansfield's class celebrate Daisy-Head Mayzie, the last children's book officially written by Dr. Seuss.


Choirs perform

headline 1The choirs from USJ, Madison Academic, Northside High school, along with Tennessee Tech University choir performed together at Grace Methodist Church on Sunday, March 8. Each choir performed independently beginning, and then all four choirs performed together.

Arts @ The U

headline 1Many of USJ’s most talented students sang, danced, and displayed their theatrical talents on March 3 at the USJ Blankenship Theater. The theater lobby also featured more than 100 works of art in various mediums. Read more.


February 2015

USJ presents Mary Poppins

headline 1USJ students and faculty presented Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical. Show times were February 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. in the Blankenship Theatre. Read more.



Students collect donations for Math-A-Thon

headline 1The USJ Math-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was a huge success. Read more.



January 2015

Upper School First Semester Honor Roll

headline 1Many students made the Upper School First Semester Honor Roll. View a list.



Boots & Bowties 2015

headline 1Thanks to everyone who helped make our second Boots & Bowties a great event. View a slideshow.



Middle School Second Quarter Honor Roll

headline 1Several students made the Middle School Second Quarter Honor Roll. View a list.



Slumber party!

headline 1A group of little bears had a slumber party at USJ in the junior kindergarten classroom. Teacher Holly Johnson said students studied the letter B and learned about hibernation and other bear facts. Students brought sleeping bags, books and snacks for the bears to use over the weekend. View a slideshow.

Lady Bruins Middle School Basketball

headline 1View a slideshow of the 2014-2015 Middle School girls basketball season. See photos.


Middle School holds spelling bee

headline 1The Middle School spelling bee was Jan. 20. From left: Alan Henderson was second, Xavier Hawkins won, and Elisa Kapunan finished third.


USJ holds open house

headline 1USJ opened its doors for prospective families during a series of open house events. Families got a tour of campus and spoke to teachers and members of the administrative staff about USJ’s college-preparatory curriculum.


Seniors recognized by National Merit Foundation

headline 1The National Merit Foundation has recognized three students from the University School of Jackson’s Class of 2015: Alan Wilms, Amanda Holloway, and Sam Rickman. Read more.


Students perform 'A Ripple in the Pond'

headline 1USJ students wrote a play in collaboration with Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP) about a family in an abusive home. View a slideshow of the performance.


December 2014

Students collect letters for Make-A-Wish

headline 1The newly formed USJ Make-A-Wish club recently collected letters to Santa from Middle and Upper School students and delivered them to Macy's for their Believe in Santa campaign. Read more.


2014 Cross Country

headline 1View a slideshow of races during the 2014 Cross Country Season.

The Nutcracker

headline 1USJ students Mary Humphrey, Mimi Campbell, Chelsea Bada, Lydia Woods, and Ellie Whisenant performed in the annual production of The Nutcracker at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

West Tennessee Regional Student Art Competition

headline 1Several students had artwork accepted into the West Tennessee Regional Student Juried Art Competition. Their artwork will be on display at the Art Center in Humboldt January 12 through February 27. See their work.


Christmas Choral Concert

headline 1The middle and high school choirs from USJ, Jackson Christian, and Trinity Christian Academy performed a Christmas Choral Concert on Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in Union University’s G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel.

USJ alum named to Academic All-America Team

headline 1Lee Mayhall, Class of 2012, was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division II First Team. He has a 4.0 cumulative GPA and is the only football player in UNA school history to be named to the First Team Academic All-America squad. Read more alumni updates.

Trey Smith a finalist for Mr. Football

headline 1Sophomore Trey Smith, a lineman for the Bruins, was a finalist for the Mr. Football Awards in Division II, Single A. Read more about USJ's football program, including student-athletes named to the 2014 All-District team.


November 2014

USJ to perform "Mary Poppins;" "Seussical" slideshow on website

headline 1USJ students and faculty will perform "Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical" February 27, 28, and March 1. See the cast of characters. On the same page, you'll find a slide show for "Seussical," the fall musical.


Lower School Bruin Art Gallery

headline 1Lower School students showcase their artwork in the Lower School lobby. The gallery features original pieces that demonstrate lessons learned in class. Read more and view pictures.


USJ honors veterans

headline 1The University School of Jackson and residents of Regency Retirement Village honored veterans on Nov. 11 with a Veterans Day program in the Blankenship Theatre. The program included patriotic music from students.


October 2014

USJ graduate crowned Miss Mississippi USA

headline 1Courtney Byrd, USJ Class of 2010, was crowned Miss Mississippi USA. She will participate in the Miss USA pageant in June. Congratulations! Read more updates from our alumni.

Reading Buddies

headline 1Fifth graders Carly Ingram and Hadley Roten from Cindy Bell’s class read to Darcy Dement in Star Mansfield’s Cubs class.



Students deliver Halloween treats

headline 1Upper School football players and cheerleaders hand out Halloween treats to Lower School students on Oct. 31.


USJ wins Pop Tab Palooza

headline 1Lower School students and faculty collected 242 pounds of pop tabs from canned drinks last year, winning 2014’s Pop Tab Palooza elementary division.The contest helped Ronald McDonald House of Memphis collect almost 4,000 pounds of pop tabs and provide a home away from home for families in need. Read more.

School uniform resale

headline 1Is your child growing out of her uniforms? Does he need another pair of those khaki pants? Twice a year, USJ parents organize a uniform resale. Dropoff is Wednesday, the sale is Thursday and pickup is Friday. Read more.


headline 1USJ's Junior Cubs dressed up like scarecrows in class.



USJ students perform Seussical

headline 1Seussical, a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, featured students in grades four through 12. Read more.



September 2014

Technology in the classroom

headline 1USJ teachers use technology extensively in their classes. Technology Integration Specialist Mary Ellen Kelley collects examples of how different faculty members approach teaching. Read more.

Lady Bruins place 2nd at State Tournament

headline 1The Lady Bruins were the runner-up in the Division II-A Girls Golf State Tournament. Go Bruins!


2014 National Anthem Project

headline 1200 years after Francis Scott Key penned the Star-Spangled Banner, students and faculty from Upper School, Middle School, and Lower School gathered to sing the national anthem. Fifth graders, studying that time period in class, talked about what happened that day in 1814 during the Battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Then, the Upper School Choir led USJ in the singing of the national anthem.

Lady Bruins golf team wins regional championship

headline 1Congratulations to the Lady Bruins for winning the Division II Regional Championship. Go Bruins!



Meet the 2014-2015 Honor Council officers

headline 1Upper School students have taken it upon themselves to make sure student conduct is a matter of honor by instituting an Honor Council and an Honor Code predicated on the assumption that all students are honorable young men and women who have the right to be trusted. Read more.

Food Drive Challenge supplies more than 45,000 pounds of food for RIFA

headline 1USJ and Trinity collected 45,532 pounds of food for RIFA during the annual Food Drive Challenge. USJ contributed 35,000 pounds to the total. Read more.



Read the Fall 2014 edition of USJ Magazine

headline 1USJ publishes a magazine twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. Take a look inside for stories on students, teachers, parents, alumni, the Annual Report, and more. Read more.

Middle School runners improve their times

headline 1The Bruins' cross country team traveled to Crockett County on Sept. 4 to compete in a 1.5-mile race with 15 teams and more than 250 runners. Everyone on the team improved their times. Read more.

August 2014

First Middle School cross country meet of the season

headline 1The Bruins traveled to Dresden for their first meet of the season: a one-mile jamboree on Aug. 21 with more than 200 runners and 12 teams. Read more.


Meet the volleyball team

headline 1Click here to meet the 2014 volleyball team and see the schedule.



USJ hires new chief financial officer

headline 1Mark Burden, a certified public accountant with 25 years of experience in accounting and regulatory leadership, joined USJ as chief financial officer in July. Read more.



Former Bruin makes pre-season All-Conference team

headline 1University of North Alabama receiver Lee Mayhall, USJ Class of 2012, was named to the first team pre-season ALL-Gulf South Conference team. UNA also released its 2014 football schedule poster this week and chose Lee as one of six key players to highlight. Read more.

Welcome back to school!

headline 1Click here to watch a back-to-school video from Mary Ellen Kelley! Other back-to-school information, supply lists, and summer reading are online. Details …