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      T.A. Wilson Academy

Mission Statement: The purpose of T. A. Wilson Academy is to provide a positive atmosphere where students have the opportunity to obtain the education necessary for a successful transition to the community, the workplace, and institutions of higher learning.

 Principal:

Mr. Deven Moore has taught in Jackson Public Schools for over fourteen years – all in alternative education. He became the principal at Amy Firth Middle School in 2008.  Upon the closing of Amy Firth in December 2009, Mr. Moore became the Assistant Principal at Parkside before becoming the principal at T.A. Wilson Academy in 2010.  Mr. Moore received both his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning at Walden University.  Mr. Moore and his wife, Terra, have four children who are all JPS students.

 History:

T.A. Wilson Academy was an elementary school prior to the Alternative High School and GED programs moving into the building in January of 2009.  Several classrooms, computer labs and other areas of the building were renovated in the summer and fall of 2008.  There are 11 classrooms in the main building and 3 in the annex, plus three computer labs.  To view photos of the newly renovated Wilson School, click here.

 Demographics:

T.A. Wilson Academy is located in south central Jackson, on the corner of Morrell and Blackstone Streets. Wilson is a "School of Choice" high school, serving students ages 15-19, in grades 9-12 from Jackson and surrounding communities. Students are enrolled in the fall and winter semesters, where approximately 250 - 275 students enroll bi-annually. Many students attending Willlson do so out of choice.

 Curriculum:

Wilson uses a 4x4 block class schedule that “reinvents” high school with traditional and non-traditional approaches for student success. Each student has only four classes for each of the four quarterly marking periods during the year, thus the name, “4x4”. Each class covers a full semester of instruction and meets for approximately 90 minutes per day. Students can earn 16 credits per school year. Direct instruction is provided in each classroom.

T.A. Wilson Student Handbook Click here to view/print the T. A. Wilson Student Handbook
Virtual Learning:

The Virtual Learning Program at JPS offers more than 1200 online courses - all free of charge!   For high school, middle school, homebound and credit recovery students as well as dual enrollment with JCC/ Spring Arbor University, and Baker College.  Call 517 841-2806, For more information, click here.

Of Special Interest:

The program at T.A. Wilson offers students a new school experience and an opportunity to achieve academic success.  In addition to the curriculum, special features of the program include: student mentoring, field trips to cultural events, community service and service learning projects, MAAA asketball team, Cheer and Dance teams, student recognition/awards, and leadership awards for students attending Jackson Area Career Center.

GED Testing Information:

Click Here or please call T.A. Wilson Academy for details. -  517-841-2800

Project Hope for Education

This program is an option for students 17-19 years old that would like to complete their High School education.  Classes are from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.  For more information, call 517-841-2800.

 Points of Pride:

  • Student mentoring and Service Learning programs 
  • School Beautification Project
  • Community service work and various service learning projects 
  • Field trips to cultural events and special occasions 
  • Fundraisers to donate to local community
  • “Project Success” after-school enrichment and credit activities
  • Student recognition/awards
  • Course availability at JACC
  • Annual Senior Ski/Snowboard trip    (Click for 2012 info.)
  • MAAA (Michigan Alternative Athletic Association) Basketball Team
  • Student and staff volunteer activities
  • Leadership awards for students attending the Jackson Area Career Center
  • CP Federal Credit Union (Partners in Education)

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