Joel E. Smilow Collegiate

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

Aristotle I Philosopher

 Smilow Collegiate is located in Jackson, Mississippi.

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A part of the RePublic Schools network, Smilow Collegiate was founded in 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi. It serves 569 scholars in kindergarten through fourth grade. It was the first elementary school in the RePublic Schools network. (Today, there are four schools in Jackson that are part of RePublic Schools. They each have their own identity and make changes in their educational strategy based on the needs of the student population and the vision of the school leader.) In 2022, Smilow Collegiate received an accountability rating of B from the Mississippi Department of Education. 

Charles Stanley was the founding leader of Smilow Collegiate and supported teachers and scholars to achieve incredible results through individual monitoring of scholar data and parent engagement. The dedication to individual scholars’ needs has created a learning environment that is focused on performance that starts in kindergarten.

Today, Ebonie Ross leads the school. Originally the Director of Student Supports at Smilow Prep and a parent of a RePublic scholar, Principal Ross has a strong background in the Response to Intervention (RTI) process, an educational strategy used in schools to provide effective and high-quality instruction, and special education. She has created an environment that supports students by meeting them where they are and preparing them for what lies ahead while also nurturing additional needs scholars might have. This past year, Smilow Collegiate achieved 62% reading growth and 76% math growth on the MAAP state assessment.

Ebonie Ross


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School Location

787 E. Northside Drive
Jackson, MS 39206

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