The University School of Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee launched an ambitious strategic plan to a large audience of parents, faculty, staff, and students gathered at the school just before Labor Day. Ian joined head of school Stu Hirstein to describe the 18 month process that created a bold roadmap for the future. “Program, people and place are what it’s all about,” Hirstein said. “It’s a bold plan.”
USJ prepared plan that included a revised mission statement, three goals that reflected an innovative approach to a research-based academic program, enhancements in faulty development, and expanded measures in financial sustainability. The Jackson Sun newspaper and local NBC TV affiliate also carried an excellent story on the strategic plan launch.
University School of Jackson is West Tennessee's college preparatory school. Nearly 1100 students call USJ their home for academics, arts, and athletics. It offers a challenging curriculum in a nurturing and safe environment. USJ educates students from PreKindergarten (2-year-olds) through the 12th Grade. The true USJ experience extends well beyond the classroom, art studio, stage, athletic fields, and even the campus. It is their approach to learning, which completes the USJ experience and, ultimately, helps shape core values, which last a lifetime. In the classroom, and in our local and global communities, USJ students learn the importance of service above self. They also learn how to think critically, to clarify their ideals and personal values, and to acquire the ability and willingness to make a difference. While their strength is the academic program, many learning opportunities are provided, all of which help prepare our students for success in the 21st century. Download the strategic plan in PDF file format here.