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Education & Academics

After moving to a new location, you’ll want to know what options are available for educational pursuits. This chapter outlines Harrison County’s public school systems, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children as well.

To be enrolled in a Mississippi school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should take the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. Required immunizations for a child enrolling in kindergarten are polio; diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT); measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); varicella; hepatitis A and B; hib (influenza); and pneumococcus. For more details on Mississippi’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Mississippi Department of Education’swebsite.

In 2010, Mississippi, along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development, though Mississippi has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

Charter Schools

Since Mississippi put a charter school law into effect in 2013, there are currently two authorized public charter schools in the state. For more information on the charter school situation in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi Charter School Authorization Boardwebsite.

Mississippi Charter Schools Association

P.O. Box 3438
Jackson, MS 39207
601-345-2009

www.mscharterschools.org

Home-Schooling

For an introduction to home-schooling in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi Department of Education’swebsite. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curricula providers and more.

Mississippi Home Education Association

1535 Steens-Vernon Road
Steens, MS 39766 | 662-494-1999

www.mhea.net

The Mississippi Home Education Association is a nonprofit organization committed to helping current and prospective home-schoolers with their educational needs.

Private Schools

For local private schools in Mississippi, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. During the process, consider these details:

  • Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source for school district statistics and curriculum.
  • Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.
  • If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.
  • Discuss the potential school with your child: what they like and what they didn’t like.
  • Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

Public Schools

Harrison County School District

11072 Highway 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-539-6500

www.harrison.k12.ms.us

The Harrison County School District has 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one technical high school school and two special schools — Harrison County Alternative School and Harrison County Child Development Center. Link to school websites from the district’s website for information such as school contact information, registration dates, attendance zones and No Child Left Behind report cards.

Biloxi Public School District

160 St. Peter Ave.
Biloxi, MS 39530
228-374-1810

www.biloxischools.net

The Biloxi Public School District has four elementary schools, one junior high, one senior high school and one alternative school. Link to school websites from the district’s website for information such as school contact information, registration dates, attendance zones and No Child Left Behind reportcards.

Gulfport School District

2001 Pass Road
Gulfport, MS 39501
228-865-4600

www.gulfportschools.org

The Gulfport School District has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a career and technical center, a learning center and a high school GED program. Link to school websites from the district’s website for information such as school contact information, registration dates, attendance zones and No Child Left Behind report cards.

Long Beach School District

19148 Commission Road
Long Beach, MS 39560
228-864-1146

www.lbsdk12.com

The Long Beach School District has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Link to school websites from the district’s website for information such as school contact information, registration dates, attendance zones and No Child Left Behind report cards.

Pass Christian School District

6457 Kiln-Delisle Road
Pass Christian, MS 39571
228-255-6200

www.pc.k12.ms.us

The Pass Christian School District has two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and an early childhood center. Link to school websites from the district’s website for information such as school contact information, registration dates, attendance zones and No Child Left Behind reportcards.

Universities/Higher Education

Harrison County offers plenty of opportunity for continuing education. The Education Office at Keesler Air Force Base provides educational counseling, proctored testing, tuition assistance processing, satellite reception of distance-learning classes, education records updating for enlisted members (officers must go through the Air Force Institute of Technology) and assistance with commissioning programs. There are four civilian colleges that offer classes on base — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Classes are generally held Monday through Friday in the evenings.

Keesler Education Office

500 Fisher St., Room 224 | 228-376-8708

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

500 Fisher St., Room 217
Keesler AFB, MS 39534 | 228-432-5312

www.worldwide.erau.edu/locations/keesler/index.html

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

51 Main St.
Perkinston, MS 39573 | 601-928-5211

www.mgccc.edu

Tulane University School
of Continuing Studies

2600 Beach Blvd., Suite 18
Biloxi, MS 39531 | 228-388-5769

www.scs.tulane.edu/campuses/miss.html

University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39406 | 601-266-1000

www.usm.edu

University of Southern
Mississippi – Gulf Coast

730 E. Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, MS 39560 | 228-865-4500

www.usm.edu/gulfcoast

Virginia College

920 Cedar Lake Road
Biloxi, MS 39532 | 228-546-9100

www.vc.edu/college/biloxi-colleges-mississippi.cfm

William Carey University

498 Tuscan Ave.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401 | 601-318-6051

www.wmcarey.edu

Libraries

The Harrison County Library systemoffers learning, recreation, distance education, Internet connections and other resources for users, and all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the ­curriculum and offer Internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites.

For a full list of libraries in the state, visit the Mississippi Library Commissionwebsite. The following public library branches are near Keesler Air Force Base.

Harrison County Library Administration

12135 Old Highway 49
Gulfport, MS 39503 | 228-539-0110

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/administration

Biloxi Public Library

580 Howard Ave.
Biloxi, MS 39530 | 228-436-3095

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/biloxi-public-library

Margaret Sherry Memorial Library

2141 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 39532 | 228-388-1633

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/margaret-s-sherry-memorial-library

West Biloxi Library

2047 Pass Road
Biloxi, MS 39531 | 228-388-5696

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/west-biloxi-public-library

Woolmarket Library

8455 Woolmarket Road
Biloxi, MS 39532 | 228-354-9464

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/woolmarket-public-library

Jerry Lawrence Memorial Library

10391 Auto Mall Parkway Road
D’Iberville, MS 39540 | 228-392-2279

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/jerry-lawrence-memorial-library

Gulfport Public Library

1708 25th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39501 | 228-871-7171

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/gulfport-public-library

Orange Grove Public Library

12135 Old Highway 49
Gulfport, MS 39503 | 228-832-6924

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/orange-grove-public-library

Pass Christian Public Library

111 Hiern Ave.
Pass Christian, MS 39571 | 228-452-4596

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/pass-christian-public-library

Saucier Children’s Library

24014 Church Ave.
Saucier, MS 39574 | 228-539-4419

http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/saucier-childrens-library


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