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.

Experiences Offered

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  • Global Wildlife Center

    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!
  • 7th Grade Adventure

    7th Graders have the opportunity for an exciting, hands-on learning “adventure”!  Each year the “adventure” changes depending on faculty and student interest, but every learning experience has the same goal of bringing to life the knowledge acquired in the classroom.  Previous 7th Grade Adventures have included: studying coastal ecosystems at the Beach and Barrier Island Camp; a day-trip to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans to observe the behavior of animals that are studied in 7th-grade science classes; and studying marine biology during the summer on beautiful Roatán Island (35 miles north of mainland Honduras), renowned for its barrier reefs and tropical ecosystems.
  • Washington, D.C. Trip (8th Grade)

    During a Prep student’s 8th grade year, they take United States History. It is not too often that students get a chance to physically be around many of the things that are discussed in class.  Every 8th grader has the opportunity to join their classmates in going to Washington D.C. around Spring Break with a company called Education First: Explore America.  As part of the tour they will visit many famous memorials and monuments, such as the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the Washington Memorial.  The students get to visit Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.  They get to see the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence firsthand instead of seeing the copies in the classroom.  The students not only get to see some of the most famous displays and buildings in American History, but they also get to spend quality time with each other away from home and get to meet many new faces while they are on the tour.  It is a great opportunity for students to feel some independence away from home but to also see artifacts firsthand from the topics we cover in class.
  • Broadway Showchoir Connection

    Broadway Showchoir Connect is an optional program that includes our Jackson Prep Reveillon Showchoir students who select to participate in the Master Classes.  These students connect with Broadway performers, technical directors, stage managers, and those involved in the audition process. Reveillon students travel to New York City every other year to attend workshops with these entertainment industry workers and performers and to learn from their experiences in the Broadway musical world. Students in the past have worked with stars of Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Catch Me if You Can, the Radio City Rockettes, the stage manager for Phantom of the Opera, and others! While in New York, Reveillon students attend several musicals of the clinicians they have worked with in their Master Classes. This is an optional program provided by the Performing Arts Department which takes the Jackson Prep student into the real world of theatre.
  • European Excursions

    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 college.

    --Mary Mills Lane Ritchie, Class of 1999
  • Explore Asia

    The Asian Club has traveled periodically to China during various spring breaks. It is always a great trip for students to explore the highlights of Beijing, including the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Olympic Sports Complex. Students participate in many local activities, including: visiting local schools in China; participating in a Taiji lesson and tea ceremony; experiencing both a Peking duck dinner and a traditional Chinese meal with Hutong families; taking a rickshaw tour of hutongs; and enjoying entertainment by the Legend of Kung Fu Show and Acrobatics show.

    In Shanghai, students visit the Shanghai World Financial Center, Buddha Temple, and Nanjing Lu.  Followed by an extended tour to Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Hong Kong, students have the opportunity to visit the Terracotta Warriors, enjoy the Muslim Quarter, eat street food, and watch the Tang Dynasty show. They also experience the mile-long outdoor theatrical light show, “ Impression Liu Sanjie,” take a Li River bamboo raft excursion, and finally a walking tour of Xi Jie.  

    In Hong Kong, students often end the evening watching "A Symphony of Lights" from the Avenue of Stars, and a ride on Star Ferry. With their expert local guide, students see Aberdeen and Repulse Bay, take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak, Visit Stanley Market, and enjoy a Dim Sum tasting.

    In the future, the Asian Club would like to expand the trip to include Japan, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam to further broaden Prep students' understanding of Asia.
  • Financial Management Wall Street Trip

    Students have traveled to New York City for many years to learn more about the financial capital of the world. Through some Mississippi and Prep connections, we visit with executives who are leaders in their fields and who educate the students about their businesses and challenge them with their personal stories.  On previous trips, students have met with executives at Bank of New York Mellon and advertisers at Young and Rubicam who represent CSpire.  They have 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 regularly have the opportunity to meet with some Prep grads who work in the city. Each alumnus always has a unique story to tell about his or her work and life in the city of cities.  Cultural excursions have included NBA games, Broadway musicals, and worship services at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where author and pastor Tim Keller leads.
  • GLI Leadership Conference

    The Global Student Leaders Summit is an immersive event which combines an educational tour plus a two-day leadership conference which tackles significant global issues in places where they come to life. Students, teachers, and leaders from around the world gather to broaden perspectives, encourage each other to take risks, and to develop new ideas to change our world. Past topics have included the future of energy, the value of culture, and changes occurring within the world of education.

    Students learn from expert speakers such as Al Gore, Jane Goodall, and Sir Ken Robinson as well as work together in small teams to design and present their own solutions to the specific issue. Each Summit empowers them to start today becoming leaders of tomorrow. The goal is to create an experience that shows all students how they can become more socially responsibly and use global experiences to learn from others who have faced similar challenges.

    Jackson Prep students have attended multiple Summits, including conferences in China, Switzerland, and Iceland.

    We are a part of one world, one planet and one shared history. Understanding that our students are future world leaders, Prep is excited to offer this unique experience.
  • Guatemala Basketball Mission Trip

    The Boys Basketball team has formed partnerships in Central America over the past decade. Periodically, players and coaches will travel to Guatemala for a week long trip meant to expose the team members to new cultural experiences, encourage them to live out their faith, and share their love and knowledge of basketball. The trip usually occurs near the end of July and is open to Junior and Senior basketball players in the boys program. This trip is often a great way for students to engage with people from other cultures and backgrounds through sports and in their faith. Whether they are working at an orphanage, playing exhibition basketball games or just enjoying interacting with locals, this trip always impacts those who make the decision to go. Contact Coach Chris Moore for more information.
  • Mississippi Musical Tour

    The goal of this trip is to immerse students in the historical environment that helped to create American music. Visiting the Delta Soul and BB King Museums, students gain introductions to history, culture and major personalities that gave birth to blues, jazz and folk music in Mississippi. Students continue their discoveries touring the Stax Records, Sun Records, and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. Memphis is filled with great music, great musicians, and provides an opportunity to see just how the Civil Rights Movement affected the music world. Included in this experience is an in-depth look at the music industry and its different career opportunities. Students tour Malaco Records and are introduced to a diverse business model that encompasses sales, movie licensing, managing, marketing and sound engineering as well as a rich history of iconic musicians. Students visit a working radio station and gain insight into the career opportunities in that radio industry. Jackson Prep students finish their tour at the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi. The Grammy Museum offers an interactive studio and performance stage that allows students to create live music and play on Roland Corporation’s cutting edge recording and live sound equipment.
  • National Honor Society Trips

    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.
  • Quebec Trip

    Students in the French program have the awesome opportunity to travel to Quebec, Canada, and visit both Montreal and Quebec City. The famous ice hotel, maple syrup making, winter park activities, all during the week of the world famous Winter Carnival are just a few of the highlights! All that along with the culture and their use of the language makes this an amazing experience!
  • Spanish in Salamanca

    “Spanish in Salamanca” is a three week study-abroad program offered during the summer that began in 2010.  Students have the opportunity to live with host families in Salamanca, Spain, to study at one of the oldest universities in Europe (and earn college credit in Spanish!), and to explore Spanish culture in a beautifully-preserved medieval city.  With travel opportunities to several other parts of Spain, students truly immerse themselves in the language and culture of this fascinating country.  
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