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Superior Ranked Schools Means Bright Futures for Our Children

In Oxford and Lafayette County, education is one of the major factors that continues to make our community great and affords us our quality of life other communities dream of. Our top-rated area schools help prepare students for entering college as well as for entering the workforce. The Chamber recognizes the importance of an adequately trained workforce to attracting new businesses, as well as encouraging the expansion of existing enterprise.

Northwest Community College, which has a branch in Oxford, is attended by more than 1,500 students from throughout Lafayette County and surrounding areas. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and offers more than 50 courses of study in various academic, vocational and technical programs, as well as several Continuing Education courses.

Lafayette County is fortunate to have two superior-ranked public school systems: The Lafayette County School District and the Oxford Separate School District.

The Lafayette County School District believes all children can learn, which is why its mission is to simply provide quality education to all of its students. The district strives to educate the whole child, understanding that each student has different needs and learning capabilities. LCSD believes that education is not just an opportunity to learn in the classroom; it is an opportunity for a student to grow mentally and socially. Due to this philosophy, LCDD offers a variety of special and advanced programs.

The Lafayette County School District offers educational opportunities for students within the district who are in pre-K through grade 12, all on a single campus, which allows for a very tight community atmosphere. The campus houses all four of the Lafayette County Schools and is located approximately two miles from the town of Oxford, which is the county seat for Lafayette County. The district’s students are residents of rural Lafayette County, which covers an area from Harmontown in the north to Paris in the south and from Tula in the east to Burgess in the west.

The district provides supplies, materials, and support services to ensure the understanding and mastery of educational objectives. The LCSD bases its requirements regarding testing, grading, promotion, retention, and graduation upon state specifications. Faculty and staff are committed to providing students with an excellent education including the following special programs: Pre-Kindergarten, Athletics/Extracurricular Activities, ESL, Gifted Classes for 2nd-7th Grades, Advanced Placement High School Courses and Gifted Drama & Music.

Lafayette County Schools recognizes that there are many gifted students in the school district whose educational needs cannot be satisfactorily met entirely through the regular education program. Therefore, they are committed to the identification of all gifted students in the district and to the provision of appropriate gifted services to those students. The gifted program, which provides services for intellectually and creatively gifted students, complies with the Gifted Education Program Standards* (2004) and the Regulations for the Gifted Education Program* (2006) as approved by the Mississippi State Board of Education.

The district has 197 certified staff members, with 49 percent of its faculty holding advanced degrees and 14 percent being National Board Certified.

The district has a student population of 2,693 in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades, which is an ever growing number. The district has a fairly high graduation rate at 88 percent, but is continually working toward improving this statistic, which is one of the best in the state. The district also features Classworks, Renaissance Learning, Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math programs at the elementary and middle schools. Also, after-school tutoring and reading intervention are offered in all buildings. Lafayette County School District’s Central Office is located at 100 Commodore Drive.

The Oxford School District is dedicated to enhancing the academic learning experience for each student in the classroom and beyond. The school district’s mission is to challenge every student to reach his or her maximum potential, thereby developing highly educated, responsible citizens who will take an active role in society.

The vision for the Oxford School District is “First in Class-The Oxford Way”. The last two school years, the Oxford School District has earned academic success as an all “A” school district, making it one of the top academic performing school districts in Mississippi.

The Oxford School District was named a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee. The award acknowledges the school district’s commitment to sustainable practices in areas such as reduced environmental impact and costs, improved health and wellness and effective environmental education. The school district’s recycling efforts were also recognized by the Mississippi Recycling Coalition when the district was awarded the 2014 Educational Institution Recycler of the Year Award in recognition of recycling efforts by students, teachers and administrators. The district’s Child Nutrition Program and Good Food for Oxford Schools received recognition as a Healthier US Challenge Bronze Award recipient by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the 2014-2015 school year.

Oxford schools provide high-tech resources and instructional materials to students in grades prekindergarten through 12. During the 2014-2015 school year, the school district kicked off its One to One Digital Learning Initiative, where every Oxford middle and high school student were issued a personal learning device – a MacBook Air laptop – for use at home and school.

The new Oxford High School campus was named a 2014 “U.S. Most Challenging High Schools” by the Washington Post and made Newsweek Magazine’s 2014 “America’s Top High Schools”. More than 1,000 students in ninth through 12th grades experience larger classrooms and hallways, 70-inch LED flat-screen televisions in every classroom, a new salad bar in the cafeteria, an outdoor amphitheater and a brand new gymnasium.

The energy-efficient building has the new Oxford High School campus set to become Mississippi’s first LEED Certified high school in the state of Mississippi. The 220,000-square-foot educational facility’s technology provides the perfect learning environment for the 21st century student. During the 2014-2015 school year, Oxford High School had four National Merit Finalists and four STAR Students.

Oxford students experience a full-range of college- and career-ready experiences confidently knowing the 21st century world is theirs. The Oxford School District engages students to achieve excellence and inspires success in the arts, athletics and academics. During the 2014-2015 school year, a district wide grade reconfiguration gave each school campus a different look in regard to grade structure. School officials planned for the deliberate grade shifting in order to focus on the growth of the student population. Currently, more than 4,100 students attend Oxford schools in grades prekindergarten through 12. A growing student population is the direct impact of a growing Oxford community.

Both Oxford and Lafayette schools offer high school students the opportunity to take courses at the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology. The areas of study available at the complex include the following: construction technology, teacher academy, co-operative education, agricultural mechanics, automotive technology, allied health and metal technology.

Area children also have the opportunity to attend independent, private education institutions, Regents School of Oxford or Oxford University School. Regents School of Oxford is located in the College Hill community at 14 County Road 130, and offers classes from pre-K through twelfth grades. Oxford University School, located at 200 OUS Drive, offers classes for students beginning at age 3 through sixth grade. Additionally there are a number of quality daycare centers and Montessori instruction schools available for preschool-age children.

Local School Contact Information

Lafayette County Schools
Dr. Adam Pugh, Superintendent
Superintendent’s Office
100 Commodore Dr.
(662) 234-3271
www.gocommodores.org

Lafayette Elementary School
Pre-kindergarten through Second grade
(662) 234-5627

Lafayette Upper Elementary School
Third through Fifth grades
(662) 236-3761

Lafayette Middle School
Sixth through Eighth grades
(662) 234-1664

Lafayette High School
Ninth through Twelfth grades
(662) 234-3614

Oxford Schools
Brian Harvey, Superintendent
Superintendent’s Office
224 Bramlett Blvd.
(662) 234-3541
www.oxford.k12.ms.us

Bramlett Elementary School
225 Bramlett Blvd.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
(662) 234-2685

Oxford Elementary School
1637 Highway 30
First and Second grades
(662) 234-3497

Della Davidson Elementary School
209 Commonwealth Blvd.
Third and Fourth grades
(662) 236-4870

Oxford Intermediate School
501 Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr.
Fifth and Sixth grades (former Oxford Middle School campus)
(662) 236-5508

Oxford Middle School
(former Oxford High School campus)
222 Bramlett Blvd.
Seventh and Eighth grades
(662) 234-2288

Oxford High School
101 Charger Loop
Ninth through 12th grades
(662) 234-1562

Other Area Schools

Northwest Community College
1310 Belk Dr., Oxford
(662) 236-2023
www.northwestms.edu

Oxford University School
200 OUS Dr.
(662) 234-2200
www.ouschool.com

Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology
134 Hwy.. 7 South
(662) 234-9469
www.thetechms.org

Regents School
14 County Rd. 130
(662) 232-1945
www.regentsofoxford.org

Childcare Centers

ABC Learning Center
(662) 234-4074

Creative Learning Center at North Oxford Baptist Church
(662) 234-9703
www.northoxford.org

Discovery Day School, a ministry of OUUMC
(662) 234-3371
www.ouumc.org

First Baptist Church Weekday Education
(662) 234-3517

Kid’s College Daycare
(662) 234-3163

Learner’s Playhouse
(662) 236-5976

Little Angels Preschool & Daycare Center
(662) 236-4574

Magnolia Montessori
(662) 234-0344

Mary Cathey Head Start-ICS
(662) 234-3230

Mother Goose Daycare & Kindergarten
(662) 236-2226

My Little Ones
(662) 234-3305

Willie Price University Nursery School
(662) 915-7444

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