Bright Futures for Our Children
In Oxford and Lafayette County, the importance of a great education for the future of our community is widely understood. Area schools 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. Various programs administered by the Chamber/EDF help provide support to students, educators and administrators for the continued improvement of public education in our community.
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 has 49 percent of its faculty holding advanced degrees and 14 percent being National Board Certified.
The district has a student population of 2,692 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, or go to website www.lafayette.k12.ms.us.
The Oxford School District’s mission is to produce educated, responsible citizens who are capable of taking an active role in society. The district’s vision is “First in Class - The Oxford Way.” The district has 48 teachers who hold National Board Certification and 159 who have advanced degrees.
The district serves 3,733 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. The district is labeled a “High Performing” District by the Mississippi Department of Education. Oxford High School (OHS) achieved “Star School” status and is the only Mississippi school recognized as “One of America’s Top High Schools” by the Washington Post. During the 2011-2012 school year OHS had six National Merit Finalists and two Star Students, one of which was named as Mississippi’s Star Student. OHS also had a student named as the State of Mississippi’s male Presidential Scholar. OHS was recognized for having the highest ACT scores in the state of Mississippi for 2011. The Oxford School District’s Central Office is located at 224 Bramlett Boulevard, or go to website www.oxford.k12.ms.us.
The Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology serves sophomores, juniors and seniors from both the Oxford and the Lafayette school districts with vocational and technical education. Courses offered are allied health, agricultural mechanics and small engines, automotive mechanics, teacher academy, cooperative education, building trades and metal trades. Approximately 200 students are enrolled in one or more courses. The courses are an hour and 45 minutes in length. Adult courses are also offered in the evenings and include welding and home improvements. Each course starts in August and January and is $100 for 15 weeks.
Area children also have the option of attending Regents School or Oxford University School, two of the several private institutions in the area, which offer classes for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Quality daycare and Montessori instruction are also available for preschool-age children