Offering excellent educational facilities at the elementary, middle school, high school and university level, Madison’s biggest investment overall has been in education.
Madison Central High School was recognized by Redbook magazine as One of the Top 10 High Schools in America and also named as One of the Top 50 High Schools in the nation by Siemens. In addition to an outstanding public school system, Madison is home to three award-winning private schools including Madison Ridgeland Academy, St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Joseph Catholic School.
MADISON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The six public schools within the Madison Attendance Zone serve approximately 5,600 students and are the highest achieving within the Madison County School District. They excel in academics, athletics and the arts.
Each school – Madison Avenue Elementary, Madison Avenue Upper Elementary, Madison Station Elementary, Madison Middle and Rosa Scott Ninth Grade – has its own unique personality, but all boast some of the highest test scores in the state and serve as models for successfully integrating the arts into all aspects of the curriculum.
All of these schools feed into one high school, Madison Central, where excellence and achievement have: culminated in a 23.2 average ACT score; 32 National Merit Scholars, the highest number of any public high school within the state; Academic Decathlon - State and National Champions; Global Debate - First Place Internationally and Nationally; All Superior Band, Choir, Arts and Athletic Program; the largest Mentoring Program in the nation and more than $15 million in state scholarship offerings.
Madison Ridgeland Academy
Educating the mind, body and spirit is the mission statement of Madison Ridgeland Academy. This mission is reflected in challenging academic offerings resulting in a 23.8 ACT average, with honor students averaging 28.4, a commitment to spiritual growth accomplished through a Christian emphasis in grades K3-12 and a championship athletic tradition emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship. Now the second largest school in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, MRA remains committed to maintaining excellent student/teacher ratios (14:1 in preschool and 18:1 in grades 1-12) while providing students with a personalized college preparatory curriculum in state-of-the-art facilities.
St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Joseph Catholic School, the most diverse student population in the Jackson area, combines the spiritual intangibles of a Catholic school education with a curriculum that meets the most stringent college requirements. St. Joe has won the 2A All-Sports Award two years in a row with 75 percent of the students participating in athletics. Almost every student takes at least one fine arts class offered in the Fine Arts Center, which houses band, choir, visual arts, dance, a strings program and computer graphics. At St. Joe the Middle School, grades 7-8 are separated from the high school in order to provide age appropriate instruction, speakers and social activities.
St. Anthony Catholic School
St. Anthony Catholic School, www.StAnthonyEagles.org, is a private, parochial elementary school dedicated to serving families with children in PreK4-6. Established in 2009, St. Anthony offers a small school environment in an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility. St. Anthony Catholic School provides an unparalleled curriculum infused with the arts while creating a strong foundation in all subjects especially math, science and technology. Combining an unsurpassable family atmosphere with a highly educated and talented staff; St. Anthony offers a safe, nurturing, haven where each child’s unique gifts are strengthened as they grow in faith, knowledge, self-confidence and friendships.
Montessori Children's House at Chapel of the Cross
Montessori Children’s House at Chapel of the Cross, located at 642 Mannsdale Road in Madison, serves children ages three to six. The goal of Montessori education is to encourage independence, love of learning and a positive sense of self in a prepared environment. Each child is encouraged to function independently at his/her own developmental rate.
In the traditional three-year program, the child is exposed to areas that enhance independent thought, concentration, order, control and creativity. In this environment, the child has the opportunity to develop academically, socially and emotionally, to his/her full potential and to become the person he/she is to become.
At MCH, children are the focus. A sense of humor, hard work and the ability to be flexible are critical to the success of the program. For more information, contact Sharon Errickson at (601) 856-0474.
There are programs and courses for all areas of interest in higher education. In the metro area, there are five four-year institutions, two community colleges and a couple of technical schools. Plus, there are many opportunities for adult and community enrichment programs.
Tulane University opened a School of Continuing Studies satellite campus in Madison in 2010. Since it opened, it has experienced tremendous growth and now offers degree programs in Liberal Arts, Business, Media Arts, Public Relations, Journalism, Applied Computing and Homeland Security. Courses are offered in the late afternoons, evenings and Saturday mornings. Working adults wishing to start or complete an undergraduate degree find the affordable tuition and convenient schedule ideal for their busy lives. Concurrent enrollment, or dual enrollment, is also available to eligible high school seniors.
For more information about degrees, programs and courses, please call 601-605-0007.