Joy In The Journey

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

Year at a Glance

CLICK HERE for the Prep Lower School 2023-2024 Year at a Glance Calendar.

Follow Your Path

The Jackson Prep Lower School will nurture, inspire, and prepare children to reach their God-given potential through exploration, discovery, and excellent instruction while guiding them to become academically prepared, compassionate, upstanding members of the Jackson Prep family and beyond.

On Track With Slack

Lower School Preview

A career educator, Amanda Oldham Slack comes to Jackson Preparatory School from First Baptist Church of Jackson where she served as Children’s Minister. Prior to that, Mrs. Slack spent over 25 years in the classroom as a primary school teacher in Texas, Tennessee, and locally at  First Presbyterian Day School in Jackson. She has taught  Kindergarten through Sixth and has twice been named Teacher of the Year for her dedication to the profession. She was also recently awarded the designation of STAR Teacher by Jackson Prep Class of 2022 Senior Worth Hewitt. In addition to her vast classroom experience, Mrs. Slack developed and directed the Under the Oaks Summer Program for First Presbyterian Day School, successfully launching a vibrant, enriching summer program for elementary school children. Mrs. Slack holds a Master of Science in Education from Vanderbilt University along with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Jackson, an officer in the Jackson Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association, and has served as a mentor for the Global Leadership Institute at Jackson Prep. A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Jackson, Mrs. Slack is the mother of two Jackson Prep graduates, Noah (class of 2016) and Joseph (class of 2022), and enjoys traveling with her boys, listening to Audible, binge-watching her favorite shows, and listening to live music. 

Contact Mrs. Slack for Lower School application information at 601.932.8106, ext. 259, or

The Jackson Prep Lower School cultivates the joy of learning in a safe and nurturing environment that ignites the power of imagination and creates a foundational love of learning.

Joining The Prep Family

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  • Preschool: PreK-3, PreK-4, & Kindergarten

    The JP Preschool takes a “whole child” approach to development and ensures every student receives opportunities to grow emotionally, socially, physically, intellectually, and spiritually.  Our program is committed to educational excellence through developmentally appropriate, play-based experiences with an emphasis on biblical teachings and principles. 
  • Lower School: Grades 1 - 4

    The JP Lower School recognizes students as individuals with specific strengths and needs and views learning as taking place on a continuum. Student capabilities, interests, and current knowledge are foundations from which to begin inquiry. Continuous opportunities for student reflection and self-evaluation provide the basis for meaningful applications of learning facilitated by teachers who will collaborate to ensure vertical integration of the curriculum.  The JP Lower School endeavors to create and maintain a community that encourages student ownership of the learning process and strives to develop a lifelong pursuit of knowledge through a biblical worldview.
  • Lower School Experience

    • Biblical influence through daily devotions and weekly chapel
    • Hands-on, play-based curriculum in the JP ECC (Early Childhood Center)
    • Half-day programs for PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten with optional extended care
    • Developmentally appropriate and research based curriculum
    • Dyslexia services
    • Focus on the Social Emotional Learning
    • Emphasis on world languages
    • STEAM - Science, Technology (developmentally appropriate), Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
    • Visual arts and music
    • Outdoor classrooms
    • Opportunities for Service Learning
    • Emphasis on movement and physical education with JP coaching staff
    • Development of the whole child (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual)
    • Assimilation into the Prep family

Tuition Information

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  • Application Procedure

    The online application process for the Lower School will open on October 1, 2022, on the Jackson Prep website. 

    Children applying for PreK-3, PreK-4, and Kindergarten will register online for a playdate and developmentally appropriate screening at Jackson Prep.  The fall dates are as follows:
    • October 19, 2022
    • October 27, 2022
    • November 2, 2022
    • November 8, 2022
    • December 3, 2022
    • December 7, 2022

    Children applying for grades 1-4 will register online by appointment for an interview and screening at Jackson Prep. Fall screening dates are as follows:
    • October 20, 2022
    • October 29, 2022

    The Jackson Prep Lower School will utilize rolling admission, and applicants will be notified of admission decisions within two weeks of screening.
  • Tuition & Financial Information

    New Family Membership: $1,500

    Enrollment Fee:
    • PreK-3 and PreK-4: $400
    • Kindergarten - Grade 4: $725
    Educational Tools Fee:
    • PreK-3 through Grade 12: $350

    Jackson Prep Lower School Tuition 2023-2024
    • Annual Tuition, PreK-3 and PreK-4: $6,948
    • Annual Tuition, Kindergarten: $8,472
    • Annual Tuition, Grades 1-4: $9,950
    • Semiannual Tuition, PreK-3 and PreK-4: $3,474
    • Semiannual Tuition, Kindergarten: $4,236
    • Semiannual Tuition, Grades 1-4: $4,975
    • Monthly Tuition, PreK-3 and PreK-4: $579
    • Monthly Tuition, Kindergarten: $706
    • Monthly Tuition, Grades 1-4: $829.17
    • Lower School Dyslexia Services - $3,000
  • Lower School Dyslexia Services

    At Jackson Prep Lower School, we recognize each child is unique and develops at a different rate and pace. We firmly believe that if given the right opportunities and techniques as well as appropriate support, all students can be successful and see themselves as successful, lifelong learners. Our goal is to empower students diagnosed with dyslexia to become effective learners and confident self-advocates.

    This is accomplished through high quality, individualized instruction using the Alphabetic Phonics curriculum. Our licensed academic language therapists will create individualized, prescriptive lessons to meet the specific needs of each student using multi-sensory, systematic, explicit instruction. For more information on our dyslexia services, please contact Leslie Buckley at (601) 939-8611 ext. 282.

    Lower School Dyslexia Services: $3,000
  • Flex Tuition Program | Financial Aid

    Jackson Prep believes that qualified students who desire a Prep education should not be denied that opportunity because of economic hardship. Therefore, Prep has established the Flex Tuition Program to help families in need. Flex Tuition is awarded strictly on the basis of need. Jackson Prep does not award any athletic or academic merit scholarships.

    The Flex Tuition program requires that each family complete an online application to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) in Princeton, NJ. This national independent school service provides a financial evaluation of the family’s resources. Based upon available funds, Prep attempts to meet the demonstrated need as reported by School and Student Service for Financial Aid.

    Decisions on admission and tuition assistance are separate. Regardless of financial need, parents should proceed with the admission process as soon as possible. School and Student Service for Financial Aid Forms are available to current recipients beginning in November and to new students upon acceptance. Applications for tuition assistance should be begun by February 1 and completed by March 1 of each year of enrollment.

    For further tuition assistance information and to begin the analysis process, visit the School Scholarship Services website. For questions regarding the process of tuition assistance, email or contact Samantha Bowling at (601) 939-8611 ext. 251.  

    Click here to download the Flex Tuition Program Brochure.

    Jackson Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.
  • College Tuition Remission

    Jackson Prep offers a tuition remission exchange and scholarship program with Belhaven University, Millsaps College, and Mississippi College.

Pathways: Jackson Prep After School Care

Pathways After School Care Program Fees
Yearly until 3:15 p.m. - $1,600 (PreK-3 through Kindergarten)
Yearly until 6:00 p.m. - $2,400 (PreK-3 through Kindergarten)
Yearly until 6:00 p.m. - $1,600 (Grades 1 through 4)

Monthly options for Pathways will be available as well as periodic Lunch Bunch options for PreK-3 through Kindergarten.

Jackson Prep Summer Pathways will be available beginning in the summer of 2024.  The program will be open to JP Preschool and Lower School students and will run in June and July from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

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