Beyond the Classroom

With its rich curriculum and high expectations, Jackson Prep seeks ways to broaden the spectrum of opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom as they develop their potential and spark their passions. Prep offers venues for students to delve into subjects even more deeply than they have already explored in classes. As a result, students often discover new interests as they draw connections between the classroom and the real world.

Each May is SAFARI TIME at the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, LA.  The facility is a 900-acre home to over 3000 rare and endangered animals from around the world. Jackson Prep’s small class size affords sixth graders the opportunity to take the private Pinzgauer Tour. Students travel into the woods where they feed the animals and experience even more one-on-one time with them!

Seventh grade Life Science students attend the Beach and Barrier Island camp to experience the coastal ecosystems of Mississippi. The two-day camp consists of exploring the coastal marshes, identifying marine organisms, and sailing to Ship Island.

Seventh graders make a field trip to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA. This day-trip allows students to observe adaptations and behavior of animals that they have studied.

Geocaching  is a unique, collaborative effort between the Junior High History and Science departments at Prep. This week-long activity engages the eighth grade class which is divided into teams that compete.  With the use of a GPS, the teams scour the campus using given information to search  for secret locations. These locations offer questions relating  to United States history, United States elections, or the role of science in democracy.  This activity  enables students to hone their orienteering skills while also discovering different aspects of the role of science in the history of the United States.  The team with the most correct answers to the questions wins.

The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences is a Life Science- oriented camp held during the summer months. It is located 35 miles north of the mainland of Honduras. The approach to learning is “hands on” with as much time as possible spent in the marine environment. Students observe fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, and an astonishing variety of sea life.


Educational travel has long been an optional experience at Jackson Prep.  For two decades, student trips to European countries like Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, and Greece have been part of the enrichment offered by Prep teachers.  Students travel during school holidays or summer so as to lessen time away from classes, but the focus is always educational.  History, architecture, art, culture, cuisine--all these and more are presented for student learning.  Exposure to world travel is one of the most intellectually enlarging experiences a student can have, and Prep is pleased to offer these choices.


I was lucky enough to get to travel with Mrs. Arinder and Jackson Prep
to France, Italy, and Greece.  I can honestly say those trips were the
highlight of my high school experience and gave me new confidence as
a traveler as well as a person.  I feel so much more prepared to study
abroad as a college student than I would be if I had not had the
opportunity to be exposed to foreign travel during my years at Prep.
--Wyeth Silber, Class of 2011

My time in England with Mrs. Arinder wasn't just a generic trip pulled
from a travel book, but rather a rich experience of people and places
that sparked my interest in Europe and gave me the curiosity and
confidence to return on my own to work, study, and travel during
--Mary Mills Lane Ritchie, Class of 1999

Students have travelled to New York City the past five years to learn more about the financial capital of the world.  Through some Mississippi and Prep connections, they have visited with executives who are leaders in their fields and who educate the students about their businesses and challenge them with their personal stories.  This past trip students met with executives at Bank of New York Mellon and advertisers at Young and Rubicam who represent CSpire; next, students walked the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and visited Moody's Investor services, the company that rates corporate and government bonds. Students also had the opportunity to meet with some Prep grads who are working in the city now, among them Isabel Lampton, Palmer Houchins, and John McVey. Each had a unique story to tell about his/her work and life in the city of cities.  Students also had the opportunity to take in an NBA game(with Jeremy Lin, of course) and a Stomp show, and closed out the trip with a worship service at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where author and pastor Tim Keller leads.

Prep’s chapter of National Honor Society sponsors an annual trip to reward high achieving students and expose them to educational, scientific, and cultural opportunities beyond Mississippi.  The trips are on a three-year cycle, enabling all NHS members to experience three different cities: Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco. Each trip includes a trip to the admissions office of a major university and tours of significant historical, cultural, and scientific sites.

Each of the past 4 summers, the boys basketball team has spent one week serving the Guatemalan people through their love of basketball.  Playing competitive games and offering clinics to schools and orphanages have opened countless doors for team members to share their faith, encourage Christian churches and leaders in their work, spend time playing and giving attention to orphans, and see the gorgeous mountains and beauty of Central America. Most of all, it has put the Prep players in a position to be challenged in new ways spiritually, socially, and athletically.  The annual July trip is offered to rising juniors and seniors on the varsity basketball team. Each member is required to go through an application process.  Contact Head Coach David Horner for further information. 
The Asian Club will travel to China during spring break.  It is a great trip for students to explore the highlights of Beijing, including Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Olympic Sports Complex.  Students will visit local schools in China, participate in a Taiji lesson and tea ceremony, and experience a Peking duck dinner and traditional Chinese meal with Hutong families and entertainment by the Legend of Kung Fu Show and Acrobatics show.  Students will take an extended tour to Shanghai to visit the Shanghai World Financial Center, Buddha Temple, and Nanjing Lu.  In the future, Asian club would like to expand the trip to includeThailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, to broaden even further Prep students' world view of Asia.


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