USJ’s extensive fine arts program begins in the Lower School with visual arts and music enrichment classes. Starting in Jr. Kindergarten, classes stage annual musical productions. The visual arts department challenges our students’ artistic talents and showcases them throughout our school and the community through art exhibits and competitions.
Middle School students take classes in band, vocal music, and visual arts. They also have the option to perform in up to two musicals each year and have the opportunity to perform in Upper School theatrical plays and musicals.
In the Upper School, the fine arts curriculum includes drama, band, chorus, and visual arts classes. USJ is one of a few schools in West Tennessee to offer AP Studio Art and AP Music Theory. Each year, Upper School productions include band and vocal concerts, two musical productions, two dramatic productions, and a schoolwide art exhibit and talent montage. Many efforts cross the spectrum of the arts. Band students, for example, make up much of the live orchestra for musicals, visual arts students help with sets and posters for theater productions, and choral students perform at visual arts events.
During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or...Read More
On Friday, September 14, 2018, the University School of Jackson Lower School students participated in The National Anthem Project. Classes lined up by grade level as they faced the front of the school to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” for the 204th anniversary of the U.S. national anthem. Members...Read More
USJ was nominated in eight different categories for The Orpheum’s ninth annual High School Musical Theatre Awards. This award ceremony included 29 schools across West Tennessee and Mississippi. USJ took home the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award for the “rain on stage” in the school’s production...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