Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

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Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
Msmslogo.gif
Location
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39701

United States
Information
TypeResidential public high school
Established1987
NCES District ID2801194[3]
NCES School ID280119401201[2]
Executive DirectorGermain McConnell, Ph.D.
Grades11–12
GenderCoeducational
Number of students220 (approx.)
Color(s)Blue and white    
NicknameBlue Waves
AccreditationAdvancED[1]
AffiliationsNCSSS
Websitewww.themsms.org

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) is Mississippi's only public residential high school for academically gifted students and is located in Columbus, Mississippi, United States on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. A member of the National Consortium for Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS),[4] it is a statewide public magnet school.

Tenth-grade students are selected to attend through a competitive application process that includes standardized test scores, a written application, and an interview. The school enrolls students in the last two years of high school graduating over 100 students each year. The class of 2016 produced 11 National Merit Semifinalists.[5] While the main academic focus of MSMS is mathematics and science, humanities, particularly history, literature, and art are also emphasized.

History[edit]

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) was founded in 1987 by appropriations from the Mississippi Legislature and was the fourth public, residential high school for academically gifted students created in the United States.[6]

As a public, residential high school, drawing students from all over the state, MSMS has occasionally struggled for existence. The property tax has been the sole form of finance for most schools in Mississippi.[7] However, MSMS which draws students from all over the state, cannot levy a millage tax as a source of funding.[8] It relies on grants as well as state, student, and alumni contributions.

Starting in 2008, the Mississippi Legislature required MSMS and its sister school, the Mississippi School of the Arts, to charge students $500 per semester for room and board costs, making them the only public schools in the state that charge students to attend. However, if a student is eligible for free or reduced lunch in their home district, then this fee is waived.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-11
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - MS School For Math And Science (280119401201)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Nov 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for MS Sch For Math And Sc". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Nov 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Institutional Members". ncsss.org. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  5. ^ "Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science News Blog".
  6. ^ "The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science". Archived from the original on 2007-04-20.
  7. ^ Poulin, Nicole (2010). "State Education Finance and Governance Profile: Mississippi". Peabody Journal of Education. 85: 80–83. doi:10.1080/01619560903523904.
  8. ^ "Advanced Ed Institution Summary". Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  9. ^ "How to Apply — themsms.org". 2020-06-22. Archived from the original on 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2020-07-14.

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Coordinates: 33°29′30″N 88°25′04″W / 33.491597°N 88.417778°W / 33.491597; -88.417778