Academic Houses Pathways

9th Grade:

Whether we’re building a house or a career path, excellence begins with a good plan! As ninth graders, students will enroll in the FRESHMAN HOUSE where they will learn the skills necessary to be successful in high school.


Your high school journey begins! The Freshman House allows 9th grade students to personalize their success as they experience a positive transition from middle school to high school. In this house, students can explore their interests and passions through introductory level courses across 16 career pathways while also learning about the opportunities that exist for them at Starkville High School.

10th Grade:

In 10th grade, SOSD students will begin their chosen learning pathway and declare their Academic House. Regular coursework, including math, language arts, science and history, is presented within the context and focus of each Academic House. During sophomore year, students will participate in coordinated learning experiences through site visits with area employers that match their interest in a particular profession.  Students will also have an opportunity to visit a post-secondary college or university

11th-12th Grade:

During junior year, students can begin to earn college credit through dual credit/dual enrollment options.  Students can also earn specialized certification and endorsements by completing a sequence of coursework in health, construction and other areas through specified courses.  Work-based learning and job shadowing, experiences that allow students to observe and ask questions of a career professional, are also an important part of the Academic House experience for our students. 

In their junior & senior years, students will have the opportunity for individual work experiences through job internships. Students may also earn the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness certificate, which measures and certifies essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. 

Teacher helping student with class assignment at Starkville High Schools

Students in SHS Band practice

SHS Students in Academic Houses have the opportunity to engage with local business leaders

Experiential learning for SHS students

SHS Cheerleaders at football game

SHS Graduation