Jackson Prep announces plan to offer Pre-K through 5th grade

Jackson Prep announces plan to offer Pre-K through 5th grade


The Jackson Preparatory School Board announced this week that the school is expanding to include pre-kindergarten through 5th grade starting next school year.

The school plans to start by adding the fifth grade for the 2022-2023 school year and pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade for the 2023-2024 school year, the school announced on its website.

“Prep is energized about creating a new and innovative approach to elementary education guided by our commitment to excellence in academics, athletics and the arts as well as the intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth of all our students,” the announcement states.

The fifth-grade through eighth-grade classrooms will be located in the junior high building, while the ninth- through 12th-grade classrooms will be located near sixth-grade classrooms, beginning next school year.

“For the 2022-2023 school year, the fifth grade will be similar to our current sixth grade in that students will change classes with a fixed number of teachers and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletics, arts and extracurricular activities,” the school’s announcement states.

The cost of fifth-grade tuition will be $9,750, and the school is planning for two sections in the fifth-grade class.

The school plans to build a new building to house pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students for the 2023-2024 school year. Fifth through eighth-grade students will be in the junior high building, and ninth- through 12th-grade students will be in the high school building.

The announcement states the school is developing an “innovative, creative and future-focused curriculum for elementary students, concentrating on engaging students and teaching 21st-century skills.”

Plans are also to include an academic support/dyslexia program for elementary students.

“The last two years have been extraordinary to say the least,” the school’s announcement states as to why the school decided to add elementary classes. “During that time, the commitment of Prep’s faculty to not only educate its students but also to adapt to new educational models has been remarkable. We believe now is the time to apply the lessons we have learned to create a new and innovative approach to elementary education. To that end, the Board of Trustees is committed to expanding the Jackson Prep footprint, drawing on its proven history of academic, athletic and artistic excellence and making our institution available to students of all ages.”

The school also said it held constructive conversations with First Presbyterian Day School. “We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with FPDS as well as other elementary feeder schools and welcoming their students to Jackson Prep.”

For details on the application process for elementary classes, contact Tracie Mallard, director of admission, at 601-939-8611, extension 231, or email tmallard@jacksonprep.net.

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