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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
DeSoto County School District is an above average, public school district located in Hernando, MS. It has 32,762 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.
About DeSoto County School District...
Address
Five East South Street
Hernando, MS 38632
Telephone
(662) 429-5271

DeSoto County School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1230
113 responses
Average ACT
24
1,676 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
32,762
Free or Reduced Lunch
53.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$41,351
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$230,690,000
Expenses Per Student
$8,478/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$69,179
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$979
National
$949
Median Home Value
$181,100
National
$184,700

DeSoto County School District Reviews

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This is a great school system for academic excellence if you stay with the right schools like Lewisberg and Desoto Central. However, some schools are severely struggling. As a parent, I am sad to say I am not impressed with all schools in the district. There are schools where the teachers are overly foul and there is a lot of drama between staff members and students to the point of physical violence. I have seen on social media websites where this behavior is projected and the teachers post are absolutely crude. Desoto County should do a better job at monitoring their staff’s post as I have seen many teachers and administrators using explicit and foul language on Facebook about their classroom. This is not a good look for my child’s school system.
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I have to say moving here from Kentucky was a total downgrade. I thought there was going to be an awesome technology club, but there is hardly any technology used within the classrooms at all. I wanted to do some awesome science and engineering projects to prepare me for college but all the students want to do here is gossip and participate in horse play. The teachers are not very enthusiastic. They do not seem to love or care too much about their students. I wish I could say it this was just for my school, but my youngest brother is in one of the elementary schools in DC (Desoto County) and he is experiencing the same issues. The high school is very diverse, but the students sometimes get bullied for their race or color. I hear students making jokes to each other in front of the teacher without the teacher asking them to stop. The bathrooms are gross with a lot of fowl writing on the walls.
I was not impressed with this school system when my boy went here. The teachers were overly crude and sour. Their frowns were contagious. I noticed that the teachers screamed at students and other teachers in the hallways. I also noticed many teachers on their phones during the school hours. My son told me about how he got to play on his phone all day one school day, while his teacher was on hers too. I am obviously disappointed. I would mention that paying for private school is the best thing I have ever done, in this county.