In many areas, Mississippi lags behind other states, and education is one of them. However, despite the state’s issues, there are a handful of public school districts in the Magnolia State that stack up nicely against the best in the nation. Here’s a look at Mississippi’s five best school districts. 

Ocean Springs School District is the best public school system in Mississippi. Consisting of six schools and an alternative education center in the coastal city of Ocean Springs, OCCD has a stellar track record: each of its schools has an “A” rating from the Mississippi Department of Education. The district’s students aren’t too shabby, either, with the Class of 2019 bringing in over $19 million in scholarship money.

Earning the #2 spot in the ranking is Clinton Public School District, comprising four elementary schools, one junior high, one ninth-grade school, and a high school in the city of Clinton in the Jackson metropolitan area. The district boasts an 86% graduation rate and 63% of its students are proficient in math. 

Mississippi's 3rd best school system is Oxford School District, a medium-sized district of six schools with a total enrollment of around 4,300.  OSD students earned Mississippi Academic Assessment Program scores which are among the highest-ranking in the state

Placing 4th is Biloxi Public School District, an “A” rated district serving students of the coastal city of Biloxi. BPSD schools have received a number of national and state awards honoring their excellent performance, including a National Blue Ribbon award for Biloxi High. 

Tupelo Public School District rounds out the list of Mississippi’s best school districts. The large district of fourteen schools serves an enrollment of nearly 7,000 students while maintaining a high standard of academic performance. TPSD’s graduation rate of 88% is above state and national averages, and over 50% of the district’s students are on the Honor Roll.  

Top School Districts in Mississippi, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Ocean Springs School DistOcean Springs
2Clinton Public School DistClinton
3Oxford School DistrictOxford
4Biloxi Public School DistBiloxi
5Tupelo Public School DistTupelo
6Gulfport School DistGulfport
7Petal School DistPetal
8Pascagoula-Gautier School DistrictPascagoula
9Lowndes Co School DistColumbus
10Pearl Public School DistrictPearl
11Lauderdale Co School DistMeridian
12Starkville- Oktibbeha Cons DistStarkville
13Long Beach School DistLong Beach
14Lee County School DistrictTupelo
15Union Co School DistNew Albany
16George Co School DistLucedale
17Hinds Co School DistRaymond
18Pearl River Co School DistCarriere
19Enterprise School DistEnterprise
20Grenada School DistGrenada
21Booneville School DistBooneville
22Neshoba County School DistrictPhiladelphia
23South Panola School DistrictBatesville
24Hancock Co School DistKiln
25Tishomingo Co Sp Mun Sch DistIuka
26Pass Christian Public School DistPass Christian
27Alcorn School DistCorinth
28Stone Co School DistWiggins
29Monroe Co School DistAmory
30Lincoln County School DistrictBrookhaven
31Lafayette Co School DistOxford
32Newton County School DistrictDecatur
33Scott Co School DistForest
34Itawamba County School DistFulton
35Webster Co School DistEupora
36Amory School DistAmory
37West Point Consolidated School DistWest Point
38New Albany Public SchoolsNew Albany
39Bay St Louis Waveland School DistBay St. Louis
40Pontotoc Co School DistPontotoc
41North Pike School DistSummit
42Smith Co School DistRaleigh
43Calhoun Co School DistPittsboro
44Prentiss Co School DistBooneville
45Pontotoc City SchoolsPontotoc
46Picayune School DistrictPicayune
47Columbia School DistrictColumbia
48Simpson Co School DistMendenhall
49Corinth School DistCorinth
50West Jasper Consolidated SchoolsBay Springs
51Greene County School DistrictLeakesville
52Poplarville Separate School DistPoplarville
53Union Public School DistUnion
54Kosciusko School DistrictKosciusko
55South Tippah School DistRipley
56Louisville Municipal School DistLouisville
57Baldwyn School DistrictBaldwyn
58Tate Co School DistColdwater
59Houston School DistHouston
60Cleveland School DistCleveland
61Tunica County School DistrictTunica
62Franklin Co School DistMeadville
63Claiborne Co School DistPort Gibson
64Copiah Co School DistHazlehurst
65Greenville Public SchoolsGreenville
66Senatobia Municipal School DistSenatobia
67North Tippah School DistTiplersville
68Meridian Public SchoolsMeridian
69Western Line School DistrictAvon
70Water Valley School DistrictWater Valley
71Natchez-Adams School DistrictNatchez
72Kemper Co School DistDekalb
73Lawrence Co School DistMonticello
74Wayne Co School DistWaynesboro
75Columbus Municipal School DistColumbus
76Marion Co School DistColumbia
77Covington County School DistrictCollins
78Marshall Co School DistHolly Springs
79Laurel School DistrictLaurel
80Hattiesburg Public School DistHattiesburg
81Sunflower Cty Cons School DistrictIndianola
82Holly Springs School DistHolly Springs
83Choctaw Co School DistAckerman
84Leake Co School DistCarthage
85Yazoo Co School DistYazoo City
86Nettleton School DistNettleton
87Forrest County Ag High SchoolBrooklyn
88East Jasper Consolidated Sch DistHeidelberg
89Canton Public School DistCanton
90Jefferson Davis Co School DistPrentiss
91Quitman Co School DistMarks
92Attala Co School DistKosciusko
93Forest Municipal School DistForest
94South Delta School DistrictRolling Fork
95Chickasaw Co School DistHoulka
96Benton Co School DistAshland
97Brookhaven School DistBrookhaven
98Walthall Co School DistTylertown
99Leflore Co School DistGreenwood
100Coahoma Early CollegeClarksdale


The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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