Environments of excellence. Learning for life.
It’s impossible to be a leader without great learning, and that’s why in Madison County we’ve relied on smart planning and wise investment to enhance our already excellent educational opportunities. No matter your age or experience, you’ll get more out of life with the learning available in Madison County.
Some counties talk about the importance of education, but in Madison County we haven’t just talked, we’ve invested: 11 new state-of-the-art school facilities in the past dozen years. Some counties aim for high scores, but in Madison County our schools have already reached that benchmark, consistently ranking at the highest level of performance and accountability. Of the 17 district schools evaluated in the 2009-2010 school year, 14 schools in the Madison County School District had attained successful or higher status. Six schools achieved star status. And one Madison school, Rosa Scott High School, achieved the highest ranking in the state.
Choice is another valuable Madison County educational asset. Eleven private schools in Madison County and two more Jackson metro private schools offer more choice and superb standards of quality. At St. Andrews, for example, 20% of the graduating seniors in 2012 were National Merit semifinalists; the school has been named one of the nation’s top 100 feeder schools for the Ivy League by Worth magazine.
COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
For new high school graduates or professionals ready for a new chapter, to achieve an ambition to be the best in a field or to satisfy an appetite for the enrichment of learning at any time of life, our area institutions of higher learning are a world-class resource. Physician, attorney, dentist, pastor—you can write your ticket here. (And speaking of writing, a few of the writer-graduates from this area include National Book Award winner Ellen Gilchrist; O’Henry winner Elizabeth Spencer, whose work has been adapted in smash Broadway plays and Hollywood films and nationally renowned writer Barry Hannah,)
Belhaven University: Its gracious leafy campus the centerpiece of Jackson’s historic Belhaven neighborhood, this private Christian liberal arts university was founded in the 1890s, and today offers a full range of pre-professional programs and twenty-seven Bachelor's Degrees and eight Master's Degrees, with programs of general studies also available. Belhaven is a member of NAIA's Mid-South Conference in football and the NAIA's Southern States Athletic Conference in other sports.
Holmes Community College, Ridgeland Campus: This fast-growing campus is part of the second largest community college district in the state, and serves a vital dual function providing local job training as well as a wide-range of academic, career/technical and adult programs. The College’s eLearning programs mean added flexibility.
Jackson State University: One of only two Historically Black Colleges and Universities to be classified as a research intensive university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, JSU played a groundbreaking role in the nation’s civil rights struggle and today is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Millsaps College: With a distinguished history dating back more than a century, this private liberal arts college has earned national respect, featured in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives and named a “Best Buy” in Fiske’s 2010 Top Financial Finds on the College Tuition Market. Also, the 2008 Princeton Review Best 290 Business Schools named Millsaps' Else School of Business as one of the nation's top business schools and ranked the college third in the nation for "Best Classroom Experience." Forty-five percent of the student body comes from outside Mississippi. Millsaps is also an important community resource, offering continuing education and a popular community enrichment series for adults.
Mississippi College: A private Christian university in Clinton, Mississippi College has made history since its founding, as the oldest college in the state, the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated university in the world, and the first coeducational college in the U.S. to grant degrees to women. It has been cited as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, as a “Best Buy in College” by the New York Times, and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. MC operates satellite campuses in Madison and Brandon, and the Mississippi College of Law in Jackson.
Tougaloo College: A private, Historically Black liberal arts institution of higher learning founded in 1869 to educate freed slaves and their children, Tougaloo has been named one of the “Best in the Southeast” by Princeton Review, and one of the top 20 “Best Black Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Tougaloo’s historic district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
University of Mississippi Medical Center: Mississippi’s only academic health science center, UMMC encompasses six health science schools, five of which are located in this area—medicine, nursing, dentistry, health-related professions and graduate studies. Though UMMC has a prominent national profile, the center gives admission preference to Mississippi residents in order to ensure the state’s healthcare needs are fulfilled.
• 27 National Merit Semifinalists in the Madison County Public School District alone
• Madison County School District 11th highest ACT score among 152 school districts
• 20% of St. Andrews High School graduating class National Merit Semifinalists; named one of the nation’s top 100 feeder schools for the Ivy Leagues by Worth magazine.
• Seven nationally respected institutions of higher learning in the area.
• Professional school learning opportunities for a wide range of professions, including medicine, dentistry, law and theological education.