Serving nearly 5000 students, Starkville Oktibbeha School District's mission is to facilitate the discovery of each student's passion, purpose and potential. With a focus on innovative approaches to learning, the district engages students with hands-on and project-based learning designed to promote creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Every day, Yellow Jacket students experience...

  • Hands-on learning through innovative environments like MakerSpaces, 21st century media centers, school gardens and kitchens, and video and music production studios
  • More than 45 extra-curricular clubs and nationally-affiliated honors, service and skills-based student organizations, PLUS athletic teams in 20 sports
  • Award-winning fine arts, music, theatre and performing arts programs, including photography, choral music, indoor percussion, piano instruction and violin/strings instruction
  • Comprehensive Career & Technology programs, Dual-enrollment, Advanced Placement and ACT prep coursework as well as opportunities for students to graduate with national certifications, job shadowing and real-world internships


In 2022, Starkville Oktibbeha School District implemented a modified school calendar. This innovative approach to planning the school year includes 180 regular school days and thirteen optional days of "Intersession" called Jacket Thrive. Whether students need additional help to catch up on important skills or would like more targeted exploration of their interests, Jacket Thrive Intersession in the Fall and Spring semesters is designed for accelerated and enhanced learning.


Starkville Oktibbeha School District's dynamic approach to community partnerships centers on maximizing local resources and relationships to provide students with a richer learning experience. A core partnership with Mississippi State University created Partnership Middle School which serves all 6th and 7th grade students. Located on the MSU campus, students and teachers enjoy proximity to museums, labs, athletic venues, and academic professionals to enhance learning. The innovative GrOW Classroom funded through a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation offers students a seed to table experience of food utilizing our school gardens, mobile kitchens and an innovative wellness curriculum.