University School of Jackson

Accreditation

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

In today’s world of accountability in education, accreditation serves as a critical component of a school’s demonstrated effectiveness and ability to provide successful schooling for children. A school that is able to achieve accreditation demonstrates a commitment to a process that requires the school to meet a set of rigorous standards; to engage in a program of continuous school improvement, and to demonstrate quality assurance to its stakeholders through self-evaluation and peer-review. SAIS accreditation provides schools access to an integrated network of services and technical assistance that supports every school’s ability to identify and meet its goals for improving the teaching and learning process and mission-focused outcomes for students.

SAIS began its organizational life in 1903 as the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). In 1953, another organization began as the Southern Association of Independent Schools, providing a forum for independent school administrators to work with public schools through SACS and to contribute to the larger interest in accreditation in the Southeast. MAIS and SAIS merged in 1986 to form the present-day SAIS, which now works at the state, regional, and national levels, to serve and strengthen member schools through the promotion of the highest quality educational standards and ethical conduct. The mission of SAIS is to provide leadership, accreditation services, and professional development resources that will strengthen member schools as they fulfill their missions.

USJ’s current term of accreditation is July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022. A reaccreditation visit is scheduled for the spring of 2022, at which time it is anticipated that the school will be reaccredited for a five-year period.


Additional Memberships

National Association of Independent Schools
Memphis Association of Independent Schools
Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association
Educational Records Bureau
The College Board
Tennessee Library Association
American Library Association
Tennessee Association for the Gifted
Tennessee Teachers of Foreign Languages 
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of Elementary School Principals
Jackson Arts Council
National Council of Teachers of English

For More Information

Don Roe
Head of School

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David Suber
Upper School Director

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Margaret Livingston
Middle School Director

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Cindy Kirsch
Lower School Director

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Laura Moore
Director of Admissions

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