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The name of the new school was to be Jackson Academy. The idea for the new school developed during the previous year when ten parents of first grade-aged children got together and decided how their children's first grade instructor, Mr.
Loyal Bearss, and his curriculum should be extended through all of elementary school. The curriculum was both classical and experimental — classical in that the textbooks were taken from the McGuffey Readers and Webster's Bluebacked Speller; experimental in resurrecting the concept of teaching reading through phonics rather than sight and memorization of words.
The school included first through fourth grade.
In , Jernberg retired. Paul's Episcopal School.
A Clarion-Ledger article reported the Jackson Academy board was aware that LaSalle University , where Taylor had obtained his doctoral degree, was a diploma mill , but decided to hire Taylor on the basis of his other accomplishments.
Milne assumed the role of Head of School on January 1, In , in Coffey v. State Educational Finance Commission the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi ruled that, since, in the court's opinion, Jackson Academy would refuse to admit qualified Black students, the tuition grant program violated the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment.
The school resumed classes in temporary facilities provided by local churches. The headmaster Glenn Cain explained "People of like kind educate better together. Phase One includes the following: a performing arts center for school programs, theatrical productions and concerts as well as classroom and rehearsal space for choral music and a black-box theater.
The new Performing Arts Center was dedicated and opened in early ; a student commons with dining facilities; student lounges and meeting spaces accessible to all grades; an enclosed atrium connecting the student commons to the performing arts center; an academic lawn along Ridgewood Road made possible by moving parking and traffic circulation behind the buildings; a new parking lot creating additional spaces as well as improved traffic flow with a quarter mile of queuing space for cars on campus and off public roads; and a new 2, seat gymnasium adjacent to the secondary school gym.