A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is an elite, public, magnet school located in Columbus, MS. It has 245 students in grades 11-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. According to state test scores, 100% of students are at least proficient in math and 100% in reading.
Address
MUW-1627, 1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701
Telephone
(662) 329-7674

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
100%
Percent Proficient - Math
100%
Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1360
30 responses
Average ACT
30
160 responses
AP Enrollment
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Ceremony of Lights
    22%
  • Taki Tiki
    22%
  • Science Carnival. It's so fun to teach the kids.
    20%
  • Tales from the Crypt
    14%
  • School dances
    6%
  • Soccer Season!
    4%
  • Latin Club (We just won the spirit stick)
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
245
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.9%
96%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
96%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science gives students the push they strive for. The school's motto is "An Opportunity for Excellence", and that is just what it is. It allows students on the campus to experience an early college-like environment, while enhancing the community. For every $1 put into the school, $10 goes back into the state. This schools stands as an inspiration and model for higher education in underachieving states. With the number 1 staff in the nation, my school provides every resource needed to impact the community positively by investing in the students' educations. Being the "most diverse square mile in Mississippi", this school uses its constantly depleting funding to increase college preparation and provide opportunities to serve.
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MSMS was a fantastic school in terms of prepping students for college. The dorm life, extra facilities, and high difficulty of the classes as well as higher expectations from teachers makes it a very college-like environment that forces students to learn to study properly.

The greatest problem with MSMS though is that there are so many restrictions set upon students that it made dorm life depressing, and the dorm rooms themselves were low quality. The greater variety of clubs helped mend this issue, but clubs were frequently heavily controlled by teachers, making them feel like just another excuse to be watched.

In addition to all this, MSMS's higher standards come with the consequence of making it that much harder to gain scholarships based on class ranking. Its a much more competitive environment, which, from a monetary perspective, can make poorer, yet very talented students have a hard time getting good college scholarships, which can hurt their education in the long run.
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science was a safe environment for me to develop myself as a person professionally as well as socially. The faculty really works with you to ensure you're getting the best education possible. The environment is also a really accepting place, and I feel as if there is a place for everyone at MSMS. I really got to try new things and meet new people I will know for the rest of life. The only thing I would change about it is the facilities because they are a little outdated for the direction they are trying to go in. I also think that although MSMS has a lot of clubs that introduce people to different disciplines and such, I feel like the school should do more to help these clubs compete at a higher level so students can love and learn from others programs.