University School of Jackson

Who We Are

Mission Statement

“We instill a passion for academic, artistic, and athletic excellence while committing to personal integrity, mutual respect, and lifelong learning.”


Identity Statement

USJ is a non-denominational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence and to our founding principles of faith, service, and scholarship. Based on a heritage grounded in Judeo-Christian values, we provide an educational environment where students of all ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds are valued and respected. The faculty, administration, and students are empowered to nurture and embrace the Judeo-Christian values and our operating principles. Through the fulfillment of our mission and adherence to these core principles and values, we prepare our graduates to be responsible and informed world citizens.


Operating Principles

Integrity
    We are firm and compassionate as we build strong character.
    We create an environment based on moral values and principles.
    We are fair and consistent in the discipline and ethical development of each student.

Honesty
    We are truthful in all dealings.
    We honor and keep our commitments.
    We use facts as a basis for decision making and problem solving.

Respect
    We respect others and value each person’s self-worth.
    We respect authority, the property of others, and the environment.
    We value the diversity of our student body.

Responsibility
    We accept responsibility for our own actions and give credit to others for their accomplishments.
    We develop good work habits by striving for academic excellence.
    We encourage confidence and independence.

Excellence
    We hire and retain the best available faculty, consistent with our mission.
    We set high standards and cultivate an environment of excellence.
    We evaluate and pursue all alternatives for enhancing the academic strengths of the school.

For More Information

Stuart Hirstein
Head of School

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Don Roe
Associate Head of School, Middle School Director

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David Suber
Upper School Director

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Louise Dunn
Lower School Director

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Laura Moore
Director of Admissions

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NEWS

USJ Announces Construction Approval For New Lady Bruins Athletic Facility

10/04/2019

On September 25, USJ's Board of Trustees approved a proposal from MG Construction to enter into a contract for the construction of the new Lady Bruins Athletic Locker Room Facility. The $1 million facility includes approximately 6,000 square feet and is comprised of two varsity Lady Bruins locker rooms, three middle school...

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Two USJ Seniors Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program

09/16/2019

Two USJ Seniors, Elisa Kapunan and Anika Mahajan, have been recognized as Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 students in the nation received Semifinalist recognition last week out of over 1.5 million entrants. The Semifinalist pool represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Only two...

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Faculty Spotlight: Tina Plunk

09/09/2019

Faculty Spotlight: Tina Plunk This year, Tina Plunk joins the University School of Jackson faculty with over 30 years of experience teaching and will serve as the Upper School Math Department Chair. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus...

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Faculty Spotlight: Jimmy Glosson

09/07/2019

Faculty Spotlight: Jimmy Glosson Jimmy Glosson, a.k.a. Señor Glosson, is entering his 23rd year of service at University School of Jackson, where he is Chair of World Languages and Cultures and leads study abroad programs to Costa Rica and Spain. He holds a BA in...

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