Jackson Public School District
|Jackson Public School District|
|Type and location|
|Motto||Building Stronger Schools Together!|
|Location||662 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201
|Superintendent||Dr. Cedrick Gray,|
|Accreditation(s)||AdvancED, Council of Great City Schools and College Board|
|Students and staff|
|Students||Nearly 30,000 Students|
|Teachers||2,208 (full time)|
The Jackson Public School District is a public school district based in Jackson, Mississippi (USA). In addition to Jackson, the district serves a portion of the Byram community. It is the 2nd largest school district in the state & is the only urban school district in the state. It was established in 1888.
- 1 Superintendent
- 2 Board of Trustees
- 3 Facts
- 4 Motto
- 5 Schools
- 6 School Feeder Patterns
- 7 Jackson Public School District-wide rezoning (2012-2013)
- 8 Special Programs
- 9 Demographics
- 10 Accountability statistics
- 11 2011 handcuffing litigation
- 12 School uniforms
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Dr. Cedrick Gray is the superintendent of Jackson Public Schools. He was selected by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Gray was the superintendent of Fayette County Schools in Fayette County, Tennessee where he was considered an agent of educational reform. He established aggressive strategic goals, a three year academic plan, and a mantra of Focus. Commitment. Service. Under Dr. Gray's leadership, Fayette County Schools showed extensive improvement on the state Education Department's 2011 Report Card.
Board of Trustees
- Ms. Monica Gilmore-Love, Member, Ward 1
- Dr. Otha Burton, President, Ward 2
- Ms. Beneta Burt, Secretary, Ward 3
- Ms. VACANT, Member, Ward 4
- Dr. Timothy D. Collins, Vice President, Ward 5
- Ms. VACANT, Member, Ward 6
- Mr. Jed H. Oppenheim, Member, Ward 7
The Jackson Public School District is governed by the board of trustees. Each member is appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council to represent the schools in each of the city's seven wards.
JPS serves nearly 30,000 students overall K-12. The district has 38 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, 7 high schools, and 2 special schools. This is a total of 60 schools. It is the 2nd largest public school district in Mississippi. JPS is located in Jackson, Mississippi which has a population of approximately 175,000 residents. The district offers a variety of programs such as APAC, International Bacclaurreate, and Montessori. There are nearly 5,000 employees in the district. In March 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Pecan Park Elementary and Brinkley Middle Schools as apart of her Let's Move program. Thanks to a Bond Rerendum in 2006, three new schools were established. A middle school in North Jackson, Kirksey Middle School, was added to the Jackson Public Schools family. Also, two other schools in South Jackson were established. Bates Elementary and Cardozo Middle Schools. Both are these schools are consolidated together. In 2012, Bradley Elementary was turned into a Campus Enforcement office for JPS. Also, former Bailey Magnet High School is now Bailey APAC Middle School. One fact about JPS is that in 2012, the number of AP scholars have doubled from the previous year. Jackson State University and Jackson Public Schools came into a historic agreement on May 16, 2013 creating a partnership to enhance the quality of education offered at Blackburn Middle School. Blackburn will become a JSU laboratory school. This is to create a school where excellence in education theory and practice can be observed, studied and utilized. The school will also provide clinical experience for JSU students and create a living laboratory for research and applied practices to improve teaching. It will be renamed Blackburn Laboratory Middle School. 2013 Graduates received more than $12 million in scholarship offers. The class of 2013 consisted of 1,458 graduates.
Building Stronger Schools Together!
High Schools (Grades 9-12)
- Callaway High School 
- Career Development Center
- Forest Hill High School
- Jim Hill High School
- Lanier High School
- Murrah High School
- Provine High School
- Wingfield High School
Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)
- Bailey APAC Middle School
- Blackburn Laboratory Middle School
- Brinkley Middle School
- Cardozo Middle School
- Chastain Middle School
- Hardy Middle School
- Kirksey Middle School
- Northwest Jackson IB Middle School
- Peeples Middle School
- Powell Middle School
- Rowan Middle School
- Siwell Middle School
- Whitten Middle School
Elementary Schools (Grades Pre-K/K-5)
- APAC = Academic & Performing Arts Complex
- IB = International Baccalaureate
- Capital City Alternative School
- Morrison Academic Advancement Center
- Bailey Magnet High School (Bailey APAC Middle School)
- Bradley Elementary School
- Central High School
- Sam M. Brinkley High School (Powell Middle School)
- Whitfield Elementary (Pecan Park Elementary School)
Magnet Schools & Schools with Magnet School Programs
- Casey Elementary: Arts Access 
- Davis Magnet Elementary: International Baccalaureate (IB)
- McWillie Elementary: Montessori
- Power APAC Elementary: Academic & Performing Arts Complex (APAC)
- Bailey APAC Middle: Academic & Performing Arts Complex (APAC)
- Northwest Jackson Middle Middle: International Baccaluareate (IB)
- Jim Hill High: International Baccaluareate (IB)
- Murrah High: Academic & Performing Arts Complex (APAC) & Health Related Professions (HRP)
School Feeder Patterns
High School: Callaway High School  Middle Feeder Schools: Kirksey Middle , Northwest Jackson Middle & Powell Middle School Elementary Feeder Schools: Davis, Green, John Hopkins, North Jackson & Watkins
High School: Forest Hill High School Middle Feeder Schools: Cardozo Middle School & Siwell Middle School Elementary Feeder Schools: Bates, Oak Forest, Timberlawn, Van Winkle & Woodville Heights
High School: Jim Hill High School Middle Feeder Schools: Blackburn Middle School Elementary Feeder Schools: Baker, Barr, George, Isable, Lee & Poindexter
High School: Lanier High School Middle Feeder Schools: Brinkley Middle School & Rowan Middle School Elementary Feeder Schools: Brown, Dawson, Galloway, Johnson, Smith & Walton
High School: Murrah High School Middle Feeder Schools: Bailey APAC Middle School & Chastain Middle School Elementary Feeder Schools: Boyd, Casey, McLeod, McWillie, Power APAC & Spann
High School: Provine High School Middle Feeder School: Hardy Middle School Elementary Feeder Schools: Clausell, French, Lake, Pecan Park & Raines
High School: Wingfield High School Middle Feeder Schools: Peeples Middle School & Whitten Middle School Elementary Feeder Schools: Key, Lester, Marshall, Sykes & Wilkins
Jackson Public School District-wide rezoning (2012-2013)
Jackson Public Schools had a district-rezoning in 2012 and affected a total number of 3,900 students. Schools like Bailey, Chastain, Powell, Peeples, Northwest, Siwell, Mcwillie, Van Winkle and other schools were apart of the rezoning. Bailey is an APAC Middle School, Northwest is an IB Middle School and all of Montessori moved to McWillie Elementary. Regular students at Northwest went to either Hardy, Brinkley or Powell. IB students from Siwell moved to Northwest. Bailey Magnet students moved to Callaway,Lanier and Murrah. The HRP program of Bailey moved to Murrah as well. All of Van Winkle Montessori pupils moved to McWillie. APAC students came from Chastain, Powell and Peeples. The rezoning was due to over-crowding in schools,under-crowded schools,improve equity in classrooms, and to eliminate sub-zones established in the 1970's and 1980's during desegregation. The district closed one elementary down which was Bradley Elementary and turned it in to an administrative office building.
- Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC)
- Academies of Jackson
- Advanced Placement
- Advanced Seminar
- Arts Access
- Ask for More Arts
- Career Academic Placement (CAP)
- Dual Enrollment Program
- Duke Talent Identification Program
- Gifted Education Program (GEP)-Open Doors
- Health-Related Professions
- International Baccalaureate
- Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
- National Honor Society
- Strings in the Schools
- Summer Reading Program: One Jackson, Many Readers
- Youth Court Schools
2006-07 school year
There were a total of 31,941 students enrolled in the Jackson Public School District during the 2006-2007 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 50% female and 50% male. The racial makeup of the district was 97.51% African American, 1.83% White, 0.45% Hispanic, 0.18% Asian, and 0.03% Native American. 76.6% of the district's students were eligible to receive free lunch.
Previous school years
|School Year||Enrollment||Gender Makeup||Racial Makeup|
|District Accreditation Status||Accredited||Accredited||Accredited||Accredited||Accredited|
|School Performance Classifications|
|Level 5 (Superior Performing) Schools||6||7||4||3||2|
|Level 4 (Exemplary) Schools||14||7||12||10||13|
|Level 3 (Successful) Schools||28||32||28||30||27|
|Level 2 (Under Performing) Schools||7||9||11||10||11|
|Level 1 (Low Performing) Schools||0||0||0||2||2|
2011 handcuffing litigation
On June 8, 2011, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal class action lawsuit against the district over allegations that officials at Capital City Alternative School unlawfully shackled and handcuffed pupils.    
In April 2005, the district adopted a policy requiring elementary and middle school pupils to wear uniforms.
- School Links
- "Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)" (PDF). United States Department of Education. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Selected 2008 Schools - No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program". United States Department of Education. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Blue Ribbon Schools: Schools Recognized from 2003-2009 -- January 2011 (PDF)". United States Department of Education. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- , Special Programs
- "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education.
- "2006-07 State, District, and School Enrollment by Race/Gender with Poverty Data" (XLS). Mississippi Department of Education. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-05-18.[dead link]
- "Mississippi Report Card for 2002-2003". Office of Educational Accountability, Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-02. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- "2007 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2007-09-13. Archived from the original on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
- "2006 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2006-09-06. Archived from the original on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
- "2005 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2005-09-09. Archived from the original on 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
- "2004 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-26. Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
- "2003 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2003-11-21. Archived from the original on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
- "Miss. school district sued over punishments". Fox News. Associated Press. June 8, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "SPLC Files Lawsuit Against Jackson, Miss., Public Schools After Students Handcuffed, Shackled to Poles". Southern Poverty Law Center. June 8, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Students eat while handcuffed. JPS admits restraints used at alternative school but denies wrongdoing". Clarion-Ledger. July 9, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "District: Students Ate Lunch While Handcuffed". Jackson, Mississippi: WAPT (TV). July 10, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "District: Jackson alternative school handcuffs students sometimes for lunch, but not for hours". The Republic (Columbus, Indiana). July 9, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "A.M. vs. Jackson Public Schools complaint". Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "JPS Student Restraint Policy". Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "School Uniforms a Must in Jackson Public Schools". Sun Herald. April 27, 2005. p. A3. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- Taylor, Ayana (May 13, 2004). "JPS, Then and Now". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved July 9, 2011.