Two private schools also offer elementary and secondary education to students within the city limits.
An independent, co-educational, college preparatory school, the Starkville Academy provides a challenging educational program for a diverse body of approximately 700 students from preK (for 4-year-olds) through grade 12. It was established in 1969.
The Academy’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for college, and its approximately 58 faculty members have strong credentials in their areas of expertise. Honors and advanced placement opportunities are available in English and mathematics. The Athletic Department oversees a wide variety of age-appropriate competitive interscholastic sports teams.
Starkville Academy has many extracurricular activities for students. The band program has received all superior scores since 1995. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in many sports programs, such as football, basketball, baseball, fast-pitch softball, soccer, track, tennis, cross country, and swimming. Cheerleading and dance teams are also a part of the extracurricular offerings.
Accolades and Awards
Accreditation and Teachers
- Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and two other accreditation boards
- Holds the highest accreditation ratings attainable by these boards
- Fifty-eight faculty members, all with credentials in their areas of expertise
Test Score and Scholarships
- Mean ACT score of students averaged 20.6 to 23.4
- Ninety-nine percent of students attend post-secondary schools
- Graduates are offered between $250,000 to $500,000 in scholarships annually
Starkville Christian School
A faith-based learning environment is provided by the Starkville Christian School, offering quality educational programs for students from preK (4-year-olds) through high school. The school opened in 1996 with nine students and two teachers in a local church but now occupies two buildings and has 16 teachers plus the principal and five other staff members.
The entire student body meets each morning for prayer, singing, and pledges. The students interact daily with children of other ages to encourage modeling and mentoring by older students. A low student-to-teacher ratio enhances opportunities for learning.