Contact SOCSD Student Support Services
Julie Jones, Director
401 Greensboro Street
The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District’s Department of Student Support Services, which includes special and gifted education programs, seeks to provide effective and engaging education programs for students.
SOCSD’s Student Support Services is committed to providing accessibility to all needed programs and facilities to ensure a free appropriate public education (FAPE) as required in the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act (IDEA) and state law for students with disabilities currently identified within the district. The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District offers a full range of services for students with disabilities and seeks to uphold FAPE standards offering educational benefits to students with disability in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
For more information about SOCSD’s special education program, you may refer to the student handbook or contact Dr. Wanda Porter, Director of Student Support Services.
Gifted & Talented Education
The mission of the SOCSD Gifted & Talented Education department is to identify and nurture exemplary talents by providing differentiated intellectual, creative, and artistic opportunities that enable learners to realize their fullest potential as contributing citizens of the world.
Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District offers two programs for gifted and talented students: PEAK and VIVA. Program for the Enrichment of Academic Knowledge (PEAK) is designed for students who meet state guidelines for the Intellectually Gifted and is taught in grades 2-6. Verbal Innovations and Visual Arts (VIVA) is designed for students who meet state guidelines for artistically gifted and is taught in grades 4-5.