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Jasper Lusby, Principal

Greetings! My name is Jasper Lusby, and I would like to welcome you to Sharp Park Academy IB World School for the 2019-2020 school year! As principal, I am proud of our amazing teaching and support staff who go above and beyond each day to ensure all our students have every opportunity to achieve academic and social success. I am proud of our students who accomplish great things each day. Sharp Park Academy students continue to meet or exceed state averages on Mstep. 


Sharp Park Academy is a small neighborhood school and the staff works diligently to establish positive relationships with families and students. It is very family centered and there is not a day that goes by that we don’t have parents working alongside teachers and staff to create a supportive and nurturing school environment. We offer an active PTO and many meaningful volunteer opportunities outside the school day as well. 


Sharp Park Academy holds the distinction of being the only International Baccalaureate elementary school in Jackson county. We are proud to offer a unique learning experience for students that blends common core standards based instruction with an integrated inquiry approach to learning through the six IB themes. Through our Programme of Inquiry, students learn to ask questions and take ownership of the learning process, a critical element of becoming a lifelong learner. Students have many opportunities for leadership experiences through mentoring, participation on the IB student leadership team and in their day-to-day classroom experiences that all support cooperation, collaboration and work ethic to students for workforce readiness. In addition to rigorous learning experiences, we also emphasize the idea of students as global citizens which includes the integration of the IB learner profiles and attitudes into our academic and behavioral expectations for students. We not only provide rich and robust learning experiences that are hands-on, minds-on and engaging, but we also promote and teach social skills associated with our IB learner profiles and attitudes that support students’ social and emotional success in the school setting knowing that these critical skills are what prepare them for academic excellence at the next level and to be lifelong learners who are workforce ready. 


Our teachers and staff are among the best and brightest! We work every day to ensure that all students have opportunities to meet their maximum potential and our teaching and support staff differentiate instruction, provide intervention and enrichment opportunities, and opportunities for student leadership. Instructional experiences ensures that all students achieve academic excellence. In addition, we also work on developing global citizens by actively teaching and reinforcing social skills, including problem solving and conflict resolution skills. 


The Sharp Park Academy experience is designed to prepare students to be leaders in their school and local community, for their experiences at Middle School at Parkside, Jackson High School and beyond. 


We are a staff that is committed to success for every child. We are looking forward to another amazing year working with families and students. We are glad you have chosen Sharp Park Academy.