University School of Jackson

Middle School

Students in USJ’s Middle School are directed through a challenging, yet nurturing program to meet their distinct needs as they progress from the Lower School’s developmental approach to learning to the content-based curriculum of the Upper School.

Students rotate through classes and teachers who teach a core curriculum of mathematics, history, language arts, and science. Seventh and eighth grade students choose between a full year of French or Spanish. Additional learning opportunities include art, music or band, technology, and physical education classes. Activities include a sixth grade trip to Nashville, a seventh grade trip to Atlanta, an eighth grade trip to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and a French trip to Quebec.

Students develop the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for academic success in the Upper School. All eighth graders, for example, take physical science so they are prepared for biology as freshmen. Honors classes in math (sixth), language arts (seventh) and world language (eighth) are gradually added in the Middle School. The development of study skills and habits are stressed.

At USJ, we know the Middle School years are a time of tremendous academic, emotional, and physical growth. We love, engage, and challenge every student to embrace our mission as they grow and prepare for the challenges of the Upper School and beyond.

For More Information

Don Roe
Associate Head of School, Middle School Director

[email protected]

Becky Baskin
Middle School Assistant and Assistant to the Head and Associate Head of School

[email protected]



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