Public Schools

The Starkville School District has an enrollment of over 4,000 students and graduates an average of 220 seniors annually. Of those graduates, over three-fourths pursue higher degrees.

To realize its vision that all students will learn, achieve, and succeed, the District operates six schools plus a vocational education center, a family-centered learning program, and an environmental learning center to serve Starkville students from kindergarten through 12th grade:

With more than 120 courses including 8 advanced-placement courses at Starkville High School, a comprehensive research-based reading program in grades K–3, and a preschool program that begins at six weeks of age, students are challenged academically. They are also competitive in athletics and in visual and performing arts, and they have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities such as the drama club, the speech and debate team, chorus, band, and dozens of other organizations.

Vocational Education

The Millsaps Career & Technology Center prepares students for high-skill, high-wage careers or for further education, or both.

Alternative School

The Overstreet School was established under the state’s Alternative School Program. It provides an opportunity for students who have been suspended or expelled from school because of discliplinary problems to continue their education in a different setting.

Family Centered Programs

The District’s Family Centered Programs are designed to encourage and support strong, healthy families in Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Year-round programs bring together children, parents, and the community to work together in such areas as service learning, tutoring, health and safety awareness, alcohol abuse prevention, adult basic education, preschool and extended day programs, and more.

Environmental Education

The Box Environmental Education Center, located on the 48,000-acre Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, is a state-of-the-art, 6,000-square-foot educational facility where youth can take part in a variety of educational programs taught by knowledgeable Center staff members, assisted as needed by Refuge staff and by Mississisippi State University faculty members.

Community Support

The Starkville School District has strong support from the community. The Starkville Foundation for Public Education strives to ensure that Starkville schools have the resources needed to provide the best possible educational opportunities for their students.

Accolades and Awards

Accreditation and Teachers

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Collegs and Schools
  • Given the highest rating by the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation
  • Eighty full-time teachers
  • Fifty-nine teachers are National Board Certified
  • Nationally recognized fine arts program

Faculty, Student, and Staff Awards and Recognitions

  • Mississippi Teacher of the Year
  • Mississippi Administrator of the Year
  • Disney National Teacher Award
  • John K. Bettersworth History Teacher of the Year
  • Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator of the Year Award
  • Christa McAuliffe Fellowship
  • Milken Award
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics
  • Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education
  • Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Creative Teaching Award

Test Scores and Scholarships

  • A senior received a perfect score on the ACT in 2006, one of only 23 students in the nation to do so.
  • The class of 2006 received more than $2 million in scholarship offers, representative of the value offered to graduates each year