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In Harrison County

Harrison County Education and Academics in Harrison County

 

Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Harrison County’s public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions. To be enrolled in a Mississippi school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. For more details on Mississippi’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, please visit the Mississippi Department of Education’s website at www.mdek12.org. Check with the school for additional requirements.

In 2010, Mississippi, along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics though Mississippi has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

Schools

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information on charter schools in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board website at www.charterschoolboard.ms.gov.

HOME SCHOOLING

For an introduction to home schooling in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi Department of Education’s website at www.mdek12.org/OCSA/HS. Here you will find information on home-school rules, regulations and registration.

Mississippi Home Educators Association

.................................................................662-494-1999

www.mhea.net 

The Mississippi Home Educators Association is a nonprofit organization committed to helping current and prospective home-schoolers with their educational needs.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

To search for local private schools in Mississippi, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Harrison County School District

11072 Highway 49 Gulfport, MS 39503

.................................................................228-539-6500

www.harrison.k12.ms.us 

The Harrison County School District has one child development center, 12 elementary schools, two elementary and middle schools, two middle schools, three high schools, an alternative school, and a career and technical center.

Biloxi Public School District

160 St. Peter Ave. Biloxi, MS 39530

...................................................................228-374-1810

www.biloxischools.net 

The Biloxi Public School District has six elementary schools, one junior high school and one senior high school.

Gulfport School District

2001 Pass Road Gulfport, MS 39501

....................................................................228-865-4600

www.gulfportschools.org 

The Gulfport School District has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and two alternative education programs.

Long Beach School District

19148 Commission Road Long Beach, MS 39560

....................................................................228-864-1146

www.lbsdk12.com 

The Long Beach School District has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

Pass Christian Public School District

6457 Kiln Delisle Road Pass Christian, MS 39571

......................................................................228-255-6200

www.pc.k12.ms.us 

The Pass Christian Public School District has an early childhood center, two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

Universities/Higher Education

Harrison County Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

 

Harrison County offers plenty of opportunity for continuing education. The Education Office at Keesler Air Force Base provides information on educational opportunities as well as academic counseling and testing services to members of the base. On-base degree programs are available from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Active-duty members, their spouses and dependents are eligible for in-state tuition rates to Mississippi public colleges and universities while assigned within Mississippi.

For personnel at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, the Navy College Program website, www.navycollege.navy.mil, provides online access and support to sailors pursuing voluntary education at the time and place most convenient for them, using already familiar virtual tools. Visit the program’s website for information on education counseling, education and career paths, tuition assistance and more.

Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Keesler AFB Campus

Building 701, Room 217,

500 Fisher St.

...................................................................228-432-5312

https://worldwide.erau.edu/locations/keesler 

Keesler AFB Education Office

500 Fisher St.

..........................................................228-376-8708/8710

www.keesler.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Education-Information 

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Center

10298 Express Drive

Gulfport, MS 39503

.................................................................228-896-2536

The Bryant Center at Tradition

19330 Highway 67 Biloxi, MS 39532

................................................................228-896-2536

Jefferson Davis Campus

2226 Switzer Road Gulfport, MS 39507

...............................................................228-896-2536

Keesler AFB Campus

4503 M St.

...............................................................228-897-3891

NCBC Gulfport Campus

Building 60, Room 227,

1800 Dong Xoai Ave.

.............................................................228-896-2536

West Harrison County Center

21500 B St. Long Beach, MS 39560

.............................................................228-896-2536

www.mgccc.edu 

University of Southern Mississippi

Gulf Park Campus

730 E. Beach Blvd. Long Beach, MS 39560

............................................................228-865-4500

https://home.usm.edu 

Virginia College in Biloxi

920 Cedar Lake Road Biloxi, MS 39532

............................................................228-546-9100

www.vc.edu/locations/biloxi 

William Carey University

Keesler AFB Campus

Building 710, Room 219

...........................................................228-376-8480

Tradition Campus

19640 Highway 67 Biloxi, Mississippi 39532

..........................................................228-702-1775

www.wmcarey.edu 

Libraries

Harrison County Education and Academics Libraries - stock photo

 

Public libraries in Harrison County offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a full list of libraries in the state, visit the Mississippi Library Commission website at http://mlc.lib.ms.us.

Harrison County Library System

12135 Old Highway 49 Gulfport, MS 39503

...................................................................228-539-0110

http://harrison.lib.ms.us 

The Harrison County Library System has nine branches throughout the county as well as an administrative branch in Gulfport. For more information on the programs, services and events at each branch, visit the library system’s website.

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