USJ's Upper School prepares students for success in their post-USJ careers by helping them develop strong and consistent study habits along with a solid core of fundamental academic skills including analytical and critical thinking, time management and organization, creativity, and engagment with different forms of assessment. USJ offers standard, honors, and Advanced Placement courses in a challenging and supportive educational environment with all courses helping our students work towards the entrance requirements of the college of their choice.
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USJ's School Profile is sent to colleges along with a student's application. It explains the coursework, grading scale, and graduation requirements at USJ and provides a snapshot of the class scores, including SAT, ACT, and quintile averages. It also contains information on colleges of acceptance for USJ graduates. To download a copy of the School Profile in pdf format, click here. You can also view it in Adobe Acrobat Reader or get a copy of the School Profile from the college advising office.
Placement in all AP and Honors courses is determined by grades, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendation. AP and Honors courses are weighted for class ranking. All students who take an Advanced Placement course are expected to take the AP examination in the spring.
The University School of Jackson officially opened the doors to its new Academic Center with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Head of School Stuart Hirstein shares his excitement saying, “The USJ Academic Center was the fulfillment of a major goal of our...Read More
Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach, Tony Shutes, was named the Don Meyer Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee’s Division II Coach of the Year for last season. Coach Shutes began working at USJ in 1987 and became the varsity boys and girls coach in 1991. During his time at USJ, Coach...Read More
Sophomore Kevin Cheng had the opportunity to showcase his talents by playing in the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City, February 1 -5. Kevin is an accomplished violinist who has been playing since the age of nine. During the High School Performance Series, selected musicians...Read More
Sophomore class president Seth Spry had the idea for a pancake fundraiser to raise money for the Dream Center, which is a faith-based educational ministry for families and individuals who have experienced crisis in their lives. The entire sophomore class handled the publicity for the event, took pre-orders, and prepared...Read More