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T.A. Wilson Academy
310 West Morrell St.
Jackson,  MI  49203

Phone: (517) 841-2800
Fax:  (517) 783-3582

      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.


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.  After graduating from Jackson High School in 1988, 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.


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 eleven classrooms in the main building and three in the annex, including three computer labs.  To view photos of the newly renovated Wilson School, click here.


T.A. Wilson Academy is located in south central Jackson, on the corner of West Morrell and S outh Blackstone Streets. Wilson is a "School of Choice" school, serving grades 6-12 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 Wilson do so out of choice.


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

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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:

T. A. Wilson  Academy is the official GED Testing Center for Jackson CountyClick Here or please call T.A. Wilson Academy at 517-841-2800 for details. 

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:

  •          60 graduates – Class of 2013
  •          School Beautification Project
  •          Community service work and various service learning projects
  •          Field trips to cultural events and special occasions
  •          Fundraisers to donate to the local community
  •          Student recognition and awards
  •          Student and Staff volunteer activities
  •          Course availability at Jackson Area Career Center
  •          Leadership awards for students attending JACC
  •     Annual Senior Ski/Snowboard trip    (Click here for info.)

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 Meet Mr. Moore

Principal, T. A. Wilson Academy

 Welcome to a fantastic school that serves approximately 300 students each quarter. A tremendously talented professional and support staff give their all each day to improve learning conditions for “at-risk” students from throughout Jackson County.  T. A. Wilson Academy is a Section 106 “School of Choice” alternative high school that services students from grades 6 through 12 from Jackson and surrounding school districts. This veteran staff supports our student population who comes to us for a variety of reasons. Wilson staff considers it a privilege to attend our school and places responsibility on its student body to promote this image of high expectations and self-discipline.

  • Four 9-10 week grading periods where final grades are earned
  • Catch up to correct grade/class
  • Early release on Fridays (12:30 p.m.)
  • Improve Learning
  • Increase student/teacher contact
  • Improve attendance
  • Concentrated course work
  • Virtual on-line coursework available
  • Co-op and work experience programs


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