Curriculum & Instruction

A rigorous curriculum is credited with preparing students in the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District to achieve significant academic accomplishments. Eleven of 21 students in Mississippi who earned a perfect score on the AP European History Exam attend SHS. That’s more than half of the perfect scores in the state! The Class of 2013 produced three Presidential Scholars at Mississippi State University, the most of any public of private high school in the country, 16 highest honors graduates, 40 honors graduates, and 89 Mississippi Scholars, amassing more than $3 million in scholarship offers, while being accepted to high-caliber colleges and universities across the country to pursue careers as scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers, and more.

Elementary

curriculumSudduth Elementary School and Henderson Ward Stewart School have adopted Scott Foresman Reading Street – Common Core, a reading program specific for Mississippi and developed by Pearson, a leader in language arts curriculum. The research based English language arts program is the first to offer 100 percent compliance with CCSS in print and digital formats. It is also aligned with the Mississippi Language Arts Curriculum Framework and the Mississippi Science and Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks. In addition, Reading Street provides weekly assessments in MCT2 format and offers digital components, including interactive whiteboard lessons, allowing teachers and students to embrace 21st century skills. Advanced readers will have the opportunity to accelerate their learning while struggling readers will have access to additional resources to help them succeed through Reading Street’s differentiated instructional tools, allowing teachers to customize lessons for students. With Reading Street teachers and parents can see how lessons focus on critical skills, such as identifying statements as fact or opinion, and comprehension strategies, such as monitor and clarify.

In addition, Singapore Math is offered in grades K-5 and has a consistent and strong emphasis on problem solving and model drawing, with a focus on in-depth understanding of essential math. Singapore Math curriculum is also fully aligned with Common Core State Standards.

SOCSD has also adopted Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), online testing program, for grades K-8. MAP will reduce the number of tests administered to students in grades K-8 by more than half while also providing a customized education plan for every child. With MAP teachers and parents will also have access to valuable information about a child’s strengths and weaknesses, including a detailed plan to help guide instruction in the classroom and at home.

Middle School

Armstrong Middle School offers students the opportunity to concentrate their focus. AMS offers pre-Advanced Placement courses in math and English and a wide range of electives including foreign language, band, music, art, and drama. Beginning in the sixth grade, students may also elect to study more arts in specific courses, such as drama, chorus, music, band, and art. Advanced courses are offered for students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual and performing arts. AMS is also expanding its award-winning robotics course to include 120 students. The program earned second place in the state and an invitation to the International Robotics Tournament in Florida in 2013. Sports include football, basketball, soccer, track, baseball, tennis, softball, swimming and golf.

High School

curriculum_hsStarkville High School and Millsaps Career and Technology Center are recognized at both state and national levels for innovative curriculum and advanced instruction. Utilizing a 4X4 block schedule, SHS’s more than 1,200 students are offered in-depth instruction in a wide range of offerings, including more than 140 course selections and 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. SHS offers students four units of foreign language instruction in Spanish and French. Students can also choose from a wide range of mathematics courses, Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Physics to challenge even the most advanced student. English and social studies instruction encompasses a wide range of course offerings and provides students a well- rounded humanities curriculum. Electives include world geography, creative writing, Mississippi writers, American novel and journalism as well as AP U.S. History, AP European History and AP Literature.

Millsaps Career and Technology Center has been recognized by the Southern Regional Education Board for exceptional programs in the Allied Health Cluster (medical technology) and horticulture. A full range of other technical and occupational programs are also offered through MCTC. Students in these programs are provided the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences ranging from clinical rotations to greenhouse management.

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