Located in the same town as Mississippi State University, Mississippi’s largest public university, Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District is one of the largest school districts in the state, with a student enrollment of more than 4,300. SOCSD combines rigorous academic instruction with innovative technology in the classroom to develop the unique talents and interests of our students through our diverse range of award-winning academic, artistic, athletic, and extra-curricular offerings to help them achieve their potential. SOCSD provides students with the ultimate learning environment, integrating hands-on opportunities with lessons in history, art, economics, foreign language, horticulture, literature, science, and mathematics. It is this kind of classroom experience that empowers our students to chart their course for college/career and prepares them for success.
Student achievement cannot take place without great teaching, and the backbone of the SOCSD is the strength of our teachers. We attract and retain enthusiastic and ambitious teachers and educational staff. We rank among the top districts in Mississippi in the number of teachers who earn National Board Certification. More than half of our teachers hold advance degrees, and they are recognized year after year for their innovative teaching, earning numerous awards, honors, and accolades.
A $26.5 million school bond issue has transformed the District, providing new classrooms and facilities on four campuses and strengthening the District’s commitment to maximize students’ educational experiences with new opportunities for learning.
With interactive SmartBoards in every classroom, our students begin school in a classroom designed for 21st century learning. Fully equipped computer labs designed for whole classroom instruction offer additional learning spaces for teachers and students. The District has also provided every teacher with a laptop to further enhance opportunities for classroom instruction.
STATE-OF-THE-ART READING & MATH TOOLS
READING STREET, SOCSD’s reading curriculum for grades K-5, offers digital components, including interactive whiteboard lessons, allowing teachers and students to embrace 21st century skills. Advanced readers have the opportunity to accelerate their learning while struggling readers have access to additional resources to help them succeed through Reading Street’s differentiated instructional tools, allowing teachers to customize lessons for students.
SINGAPORE MATH, offered in grades K-5, has a consistent and strong emphasis on problem solving and model drawing, with a focus on in-depth understanding of the essential math.
Reading Street and Singapore Math are fully aligned with Common Core State Standards.
SOCSD has adopted Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), online testing program, for grades K-8 that provides teachers and parents with valuable information about a child’s strengths and weaknesses, including a detailed plan to help guide instruction in the classroom and at home.
SOCSD also uses Compass Odyssey to prescribe personalized learning paths complete with rigorous and engaging curriculum. Compass Odyssey also offers opportunities for parent monitoring and involvement.
A JUMPSTART TO COLLEGE
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.
SHS offers 12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, more than any other high school in the Golden Triangle.
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.