About the Oxford School District
Oxford’s public school system is a shining example of how hard work can pay off when a team works towards its commitment to be the best in its class: the Oxford School District is the No. 1 public school district in Mississippi based on 2015-2016 accountability scores recently released by the Mississippi Department of Education. Click here to read more about our accountability results.
Oxford School District teachers work together for one common goal: to give Oxford children the confidence and skills they need to succeed. Numbers show that Oxford teachers take their own personal educational excellence to heart: 47 teachers hold National Board Certification—the highest credential a teacher can earn—and 205 teachers have earned advanced degrees. As a team, the school district is committed to inspiring students to do their best. Teachers, faculty and staff are driven to give every child every chance every day. That’s why school leaders strive to make Oxford schools a great place to work and teach.
The Oxford School District has one of the highest graduation rates in the state at 88 percent; however, school officials have a plan of action in place to achieve a 100 percent graduation rate for students. The school district is committed to providing foundation for each and every student by providing rigorous academic and career-technical curricula.
Public schools work, and award accolades earned by Oxford students, teachers and the schools prove that the district performs with a “First in Class” approach in the areas of arts, athletics and academics.
Oxford High School is considered one of the top high schools in the nation. The school has been ranked as one of the top 1,500 schools in the U.S. by Newsweek for 2007-2014. Oxford High School was the only school in Mississippi to be included in the Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools” list for 2013-2014 year; in fact, the high school has been recognized by the Washington Post from 2011-2014 as one of the “Most Challenging High Schools” in the nation.
Engaged, Active Learning
The district has eight schools that serve over 4,250 students from prekindergarten through 12th grade. In schools, students are engaged in active, hands-on learning from planting gardens to competing in robotic competitions. To harness students’ passion for particular topics, the Oxford School District offers a variety of specialized learning programs from K-12 and gives students a wide range of choices in diverse, extracurricular activities that foster learning and social development.
As a One to One Digital Learning school district, students in grades seven through 12 use MacBook Air laptops as academic tools to learn anywhere, anytime. The One to One Digital Learning Initiative allows each student to enhance their personal learning style and meet their individual academic needs.
In addition to the regular classroom work, the district offers after-school tutoring for students. Each school has an instructional interventionist and special courses in literacy and math to assist students along with a Teacher Support Team.
Extraordinary Extracurricular Experiences
Oxford schools offer a large array of options for students to cultivate their talents, channel their passions, and build confidence and character. There is something for every student, and diversity is key when students begin to see what they have to choose from in the district’s listing of extracurricular activities: schools offer everything from organized after-school clubs to academic competition teams to participating in band, chorus or sports.
Stewards of the Oxford Community
Oxford High School made Mississippi history during the 2015-2016 school year: the high school is the first Mississippi high school awarded LEED ® Silver certification under the LEED for Schools Rating System established by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED certification identifies the new energy efficient high school as a showcase example of sustainable design and demonstrates the district’s leadership in transforming the building industry.
In 2015, the U.S. Secretary of Education named the Oxford School District a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee, making the district the first in the state of Mississippi to receive this national honor. The award recognizes the district’s dedication to saving energy, reducing environmental impact and costs while improving the health and wellness of students and staff. School officials encourage students to connect with their environment, and teachers model positive progress for students.
Some notable green efforts taking place throughout the district include recycling at each school campus, gardens or greenhouses located at each school, and student-led Food Clubs present at the middle and high schools. Through the Good Food for Oxford Schools Program—housed under the district’s Child Nutrition Program—students gain knowledge about delicious, healthy, fresh, local foods with learning experiences delivered in the classroom to the cafeteria and to home.
Positive Partnerships with Parents and Community
Public schools work, and the Oxford School District provides academic excellence while cultivating students who can one day become responsible citizens. Positively providing an effective public education for students takes teamwork. The school district relies on regular interactions with the local community and parent engagement activities. Positive partnerships with school parents and community members help the school district to provide an atmosphere that values the individual student.
With Lafayette County experiencing the fastest population growth in the state of Mississippi, Oxford School District officials continue to see the student population grow each school year. School officials have put a Capital Improvement Plan in place that explains various options for the school district to address growth while continuing to provide students with an excellent academic experience. Part of this plan is to build a new elementary school campus so that the educational needs of Oxford school students can be met: a bond referendum would be presented to the community in the near future as part of the solution to addressing student growth within the school district lines.
Last Modified on November 28, 2016