University School of Jackson

Upper School Curriculum

Click the link below to view our current course of studies. Each course description includes the academic year(s) students may take the course, course length, prerequisites, and an overview of the course content. 

(Download a PDF of the complete course of studies)

There are many paths to a USJ diploma, and the charts below help highlight possible academic paths for students. 

The school will make every attempt to honor student course requests; however, it may not be possible to fulfill all scheduling requests due to staffing, enrollment, course sizes, and other considerations that may impact the number of courses and sections offered each year. 

To be complete, student registration forms must be signed by the student and parents/guardians and then returned to the college advising office.

Typical Course of Study

9th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English I
English I (H)
French I
French I (H)
Spanish I
Spanish I (H)
Algebra I
Algebra I (H)
Science History & Social Sciences Electives
Biology
Biology (H)
World History Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility


10th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English II
English II (H)
French II
French II (H)
Spanish II
Spanish II (H)
Geometry
Geometry (H)
Science History Electives
Chemistry
Chemistry (H)
Economics/Government
 
Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

11th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English III
AP English Language
French III
French III (H)
Spanish III
Spanish III (H)
Algebra II
Algebra II/Trig (H)
Science History Electives
Physics
Physics (H)
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
U.S. History
AP U.S. History
 
Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

12th Grade Courses

English Modern Languages Mathematics
English IV Modern Literature
AP English Literature
AP French Language
Spanish IV (H)
AP Spanish Language
Algebra III
Pre-Calculus (H)
AP Calculus
Science History Electives
Physics
Physics (H)
AP Physics
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
Anatomy & Physiology
Forensic Science
U.S. History
AP U.S. History
 
Consult individual course descriptions for eligibility

Electives

  • AP Psychology
  • Art History
  • Band
  • Book Study Seminar
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Choir/ USJ Singers/ Concert Choir
  • Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Science
  • International Art 
  • Intro to Theater/Advanced Theater
  • Journalism
  • Personal Finance
  • Psychology
  • Sculpture I and II 
  • Speech
  • Strength and Conditioning 
  • Studio Art (I, II, and III)
  • Studio Art AP (I, II, and III)
  • Study Abroad*
  • U.S. & World Issues
  • Wellness
  • World Religions

* Study Abroad (1/2 credit elective)

  • Costa Rica Study Abroad Program: Students are immersed in Spanish for three weeks, earning more than 40 contact hours of instruction at the Intensa Language Institute. Trip is offered during summer of even years.
  • France Study Abroad Program: Students are immersed in French for three weeks, earning more than 40 contact hours of instruction. Trip is usually offered during summer of odd years.

For More Information

Benjamin Murphy
Upper School Director

[email protected]

Kim Rainey
Upper School Assistant

[email protected]

Carol Ryan
Director of College Advising

[email protected]

Shannon Whisenant
Assistant Director of College Advising, 6th Grade Intro to Foreign Language

[email protected]

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33 Members Inducted Into The National Honor Society

03/07/2019

On March 7, USJ inducted 33 new members into the National Honor Society. The purpose of the National Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, promote leadership, and to develop character in our students. Congratulations to all of our new 2019 NHS Inductees!   New Members: Rachel Akin Emmanuela Alexandre Amar Boporai ...

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New Members inducted into the National English Honor Society

02/12/2019

Today we inducted 18 new members in the National English Honor Society (NEHS). Membership is an honor bestowed on students selected for their accomplishments in the field of English and in overall academic achievement.   New Members: Rachel Akin Emma Alexandre Amar Boparai Reagan Carney Sydney Fesmire Sarah Hanna Landon Hooper ...

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New Golf TrackMan installed at USJ

01/16/2019

The USJ Golf program is excited about the new resource available to our students. With the new TrackMan installed at USJ, our student-athletes will have the ability to practice year-round and during inclement weather.

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USJ Announces David Suber as new Upper School Director

12/07/2018

The University School of Jackson is pleased to announce David Suber as the new Upper School Director. He will begin his new role on July 1, 2019. Mr. Suber is currently the Upper and Middle School Director of Lowcountry Preparatory School in Pawleys Island, SC.   Mr. Suber received his Bachelor of...

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