About JA

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

5 years as an Apple Distinguished School for our innovative use of technology in teaching and learning.

10:1 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

1,150 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:

Meet the Head of School

Jack Milne

Jack Milne, Head of School

Jack Milne came to Jackson Academy after serving as a teacher, Middle School Head, and Associate Head at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he worked for 17 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

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.”

Sandra Triplett, Class of ’09, Lower School Teacher

Visit Jackson Academy

Schedule your personal tour of Jackson Academy’s campus to learn more about JA by calling 601.364.5761 or signing up online.