Bayou Academy

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Bayou Academy
1291 Crosby Road
Cleveland, Mississippi 38732

United States
Coordinates 33°45′43″N 90°45′47″W / 33.762°N 90.763°W / 33.762; -90.763
Type Private
Established 1964[1]
Principal Rodney Martin (Jr.-Sr. High)
Regina Pitts (Elementary)[2]
Headmaster Robert Foust[1]
Faculty 30.5 (on FTE basis)[3]
Grades PK to 12
Enrollment 350
Student to teacher ratio 7.1[3]
Color(s) Royal Blue, Black, and White[4]
Athletics conference MAIS Div. A District 2[4]
Mascot Colts[4]

Strider Academy North Sunflower Academy

DeSoto School
Accreditation MAIS[4]
Affiliation Non-sectarian[3]

Bayou Academy is a non-profit private school located near Cleveland, Mississippi on Highway 8. The school serves about 350 students in grades PK through 12.

The school is accredited by the MAIS.


Bayou Academy was founded in 1964 as a segregation academy. After the United States Supreme Court decided Alexander v. Holmes in 1969, ordering the desegregation of public schools in the South, the all-white Bayou Academy doubled its enrollment for the 1970 school year.[5]

It is notable that in the 2010 census, the City of Cleveland was 47.5 percent white,[6] and Bolivar County was 33.5 percent white.[7] Demographic data for Bayou Academy shows that of the 372 students who attended in the 2011-2012 school year, 99 percent were white.[8]


Bayou Academy participates in the MAIS for their sports programs.[9] Bayou Academy has won one football Class AA state championship in 1992, two Class A baseball state championship in 2006 and 2007, and runner up in football in 1991, 1996,and 2007. The high school softball team won 5 consecutive state championships in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. The sports team's rival are North Sunflower Rebels located in Ruleville, Mississippi, Strider Academy, and DeSoto School. The school's colors are royal blue, white, and black. Their mascot is a colt.


  1. ^ a b "Headmaster". Bayou Academy. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Administrator". Bayou Academy. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bayou Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-12. Total enrollment: 254 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bayou Academy". Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  5. ^ Jason Sokol (14 August 2007). There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-307-27550-9. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics - Cleveland, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau. 2010. 
  7. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics - Bolivar County, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau. 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bayou Academy". Private School Universe Survey. U.S. Department of Education. 
  9. ^ Mississippi Association of Independent Schools

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