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Harrison County Education and Academics in Harrison County

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Harrison County, 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 and 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; measles, mumps and rubella; 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’s website at www.mde.k12.ms.us.

In 2010, Mississippi, along with the majority of 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 for the 2017-18 school year, though Mississippi has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. Mississippi has two public charter schools. For more information on charter schools in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi Charter School Authorization Board website at www.charterschoolboard.ms.gov.

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’s website at www.mde.k12.ms.us/ODPCSA/HS. 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

To search for local private schools in Mississippi, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. 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. 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

Link to school websites from these district websites for information such as school contact information, registration dates, attendance zones and No Child Left Behind report cards.

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 and two special schools — Harrison County Alternative School and Harrison County Child Development Center.

Biloxi Public School District

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

The Biloxi Public School District has five elementary schools, one junior high, one senior high school and one alternative school.

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.

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.

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.

Universities/Higher Education

Harrison County Education and Academics 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 three civilian colleges that offer classes on base — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and William Carey University. Classes are generally held Monday through Friday in the evenings.

At Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, the Navy College Office offers information and counseling on academic matters; administers academic testing; authorizes tuition assistance to active-duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel; and administers the on-base education program. The office also provides services to Keesler Air Force Base. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has a campus at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport as well.

Keesler Education Office

500 Fisher St., Room 224
228-376-8708
www.keesler.af.mil/AboutUs/FactSheets/EducationInformation.aspx
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Navy College Office at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport

Building 60, Room 239
228-871-2785
www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/ncbc_gulfport/ffr/navy_college.html
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Keesler Air Force Base Campus

Building 701, Room 217
228-432-5312
https://worldwide.erau.edu/locations/keesler

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jefferson Davis Campus

2226 Switzer Road
Gulfport, MS 39507
228-896-2536

Keesler Air Force Base Campus

Building 701, Room 221
228-897-3891

Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport Campus

Building 60, Room 227 228-897-3795

Perkinston Campus

51 Main St.
Perkinston, MS 39573
866-735-1122
www.mgccc.edu

Tulane University School of Continuing Studies

2600 Beach Blvd., Suite 18
Biloxi, MS 39531
228-388-5769
http://scs.tulane.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/locations/biloxi

William Carey University
Tradition Campus

19640 Highway 67
Biloxi, Mississippi 39532
228-702-1775

Keesler Air Force Base Campus

Building 710, Room 219
228-376-8480
www.wmcarey.edu

Libraries

Harrison County Education and Academics Libraries - stock photo

The Harrison County Library system, www.harrison.lib.ms.us, offers learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — 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 Commission website at http://mlc.lib.ms.us. The following public library branches are in Harrison County.

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

Gulfport Public Library

1708 25th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39501
228-871-7171
http://harrison.lib.ms.us/libraries/gulfport-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

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

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

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


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