Jackson Academy is an independent day school in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi, helping students reach their highest potential and succeed through their college years and beyond. In 1959, Loyal Bearss made a bold move. Convinced that phonics, in-depth reading, time for play, and exploration of the arts all contributed to stronger student success, he and ten area families founded JA. It’s a spirit of innovation in education that still lives in us today. JA has forever changed the landscape of education in Jackson — providing a place for children to discover their unique set of talents and understand how those talents will drive life choices.
JA by the Numbers
8 years as an Apple Distinguished School for our innovative use of technology in teaching and learning.
13:1 student/teacher ratio
80% of JA Advanced Placement students score three or higher on college AP exams
18 average years of experience for teachers at JA
1,200 enrolled students in K3 through twelfth grade.
20 athletic programs
15+ student clubs and organizations
100% teacher and trustee participation in the Annual Fund
Accreditation and Affiliations
To ensure the quality of our educational programs – from K3 through twelfth grade – Jackson Academy is a leader in accreditation among independent day schools. We are accredited by or serve as an active member of the following organizations:
- National Association of Independent Schools
- Southern Association of Independent Schools
- Midsouth Association of Independent Schools
- Jackson Area Association of Independent Schools
- Education Records Bureau
- National College Board
- Cum Laude Society
We stand together in rejecting racism, rejecting violence, and supporting one another in achieving equality and justice.
We stand All for One.
Jackson Academy admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational, employment, or admissions policies, its scholarships, athletic, or other school-administered programs.
“Wonderful place for your child to grow in a loving environment full of so much JOY! JA is such a special school for students, parents and teachers. I was a student for 14 years at JA, and I am so thankful for the life lessons I learned there.”