The mission of the Starkville Oktibbeha School District is to achieve excellence by facilitating the discovery and development of each student's passion, purpose, and potential.
A JUMPSTART TO COLLEGE
Starkville High School was named to the College Board's Advance Placement Honor Roll two years in a row. SHS offers 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, more than any other high school in the Golden Triangle.
Starkville High School students can take advantage of the dual credit/dual enrollment partnership the District has with Mississippi State University and East Mississippi Community College to earn as many as 18 college credit hours while still in high school.
In addition, Pre-AP courses allow students to begin preparation for college curriculum long before enrollment in an institute of higher learning. SOCSD pre-AP courses in math and English begin in the 7th grade.
A FINE ARTS FOCUS
The Starkville Oktibbeha School District boasts a nationally recognized fine arts program with its award winning visual and performing emphasis. From photography and charcoal drawing to honor choir and jazz band, children in SOCSD participate in music and art education beginning in kindergarten. The music program expands to include band in 6th grade. Art and drama programs also expand continuing through high school. From the halls of the United States Capitol to Carnegie Hall, SOCSD students are recognized on the national stage for their talents in the performing and visual arts.
Students at Armstrong Middle School and Starkville High School have a unique opportunity for advanced learning with the district's award-winning Robotics programs. The SHS RoboJackets are a dominant force in the annual Mississippi BEST robotics competition. The RoboJackets are 6-time MS BEST Robotics Champions and 2-time South's BEST Robotics Champions.
SOCSD students are competitive not just in academics and the arts, but also in athletics where SHS student athletes compete in a variety of sports including football, baseball, basketball, tennis, track, cross country, and soccer. Our athletes have garnered numerous individual state awards as well as a total of 23 state championship titles. Go Jackets!
Environmental education receives strong emphasis throughout the district and particularly in grades K-6, where students participate in the Youth Environmental Science (YES!) program. A partnership with Mississippi State University, the YES! program incorporates hands-on learning into a week-long scientific journey.
SOCSD students also enjoy unique learning opportunities at the Larry Box Environmental Center located at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Kindergarten through sixth graders are immersed in nature during field trips to the Center, hiking along trails and bird watching on the 48,000 property.