Located in the home town of Mississippi State University, Starkville Oktibbeha School District students benefit from a number of unique learning experiences created by our university partnerships.


Students in YES! Summer Camp participate in the program's annual rocket launch

A partnership between SOCSD and the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi NEXt focuses on advancing student outlooks on science. The partnership is currently an umbrella for five rigorous, experiential and student-centered programs which are enhancing achievement and environmental literacy:

  • Youth Environmental Sciences (YES!) for all K-6 students
  • Starkville Science Club Science Olympiad
  • Reading is in Our Nature
  • YES! Summer Camps


Prepare for a partnership that promises to reimagine middle school for all 6th and 7th graders in Oktibbeha County. SOCSD and Mississippi State University have partnered to invest in the educational experience of our middle grades, creating one of the most innovative schools from programs to facilities for 6th and 7th graders in the southeast. From robotics and environmental sciences to teacher training and curriculum development, the on-going MSU/Starkville Oktibbeha School District Partnership is strengthening classrooms in our community and across the state – fueling new opportunities from kindergarten to higher education.