The Jackson Academy counseling philosophy includes the process of guiding and fostering harmony between academics and the well-being of students. The responsibility of the Counseling Department is to guide students and parents toward this goal.  Counselors strive to develop a strong partnership with parents and invite them to be active participants in their child’s education throughout the years in the Upper School.  It is the counselors’ goal to facilitate students’ continuous growth in meeting their intellectual, social, and emotional challenges through various stages of development throughout Upper School and college counseling services.

The Upper School Counseling Department is designed to facilitate the growth and development of students as they progress through high school. These services are designed to help all students in their educational planning, senior career decision making, and personal-social development. Counselors are committed to working with parents as well as with students themselves to help students gain the greatest benefit from their school experience. In addition, the Upper School counselor works closely with:

  • The administration and interpretation of the PLAN and PSAT tests
  • All students in scheduling and course selection advisement, explaining graduation requirements, College Prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement classes, emphasizing the importance of grade point average
  • Consulting with students individually and in small groups, interventions, and referrals to outside professionals
  • Coordinating parent/teacher conferences
  • Equipping and maintaining Counseling Department with library books and community resource information
  • Individual admissions testing
  • Inviting special topic speakers to campus
  • Organizing and planning ACT and PSAT workshops
  • Parents and students in individual conferences
  • Planning graduation ceremony
  • Providing students with information regarding ACT and SAT tests
  • Service projects and other programs generated outside the counseling office
  • Student Support Resource class and teachers
  • Teachers, students, and administrators as an advocate

Mrs. Paula Pratt, NCC
Upper School Counselor
University of Mississippi, B.S.
Mississippi College, M.S.

Mrs. Amy Bush
College Admissions Counselor
Mississippi College, B.A.