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 11 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
31 responses
Average ACT
30
168 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    B+
  4. Good for Families
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$33,072
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$709
National
$949
Median Home Value
$102,000
National
$184,700

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
17:1
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 faculty is brilliant, which shows in our test scores. However, some of the science teachers are researchers at heart and can be difficult to follow for lots of students. The mathematics instruction is top of the line, and the school does a good job of establishing a solid foundation on which to build upon. English is also very good depending on the teacher. Definitely the best high school in Mississippi. Most problems stem from a lack of funding--hopefully that will change in the future!
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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.
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.