DeSoto County School District

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DeSoto County Schools is a public school district based in Hernando, Mississippi (USA) and serving all public school students in DeSoto County in the Memphis metropolitan area. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, DeSoto County is the largest school district in the state of Mississippi.

Schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Middle/High Schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Grades 6-8
    • Center Hill Middle School (Olive Branch)
    • DeSoto Central Middle School (Southaven)
    • Hernando Middle School (Hernando)
    • Horn Lake Middle School (Horn Lake)
    • Lewisburg Middle School (Olive Branch)
    • Lake Cormorant Middle School (Lake Cormorant)
    • Olive Branch Middle School (Olive Branch)
    • Southaven Middle School (Southaven)

Intermediate Schools[edit]

  • Horn Lake Intermediate School (Horn Lake; Grades 3-5)
  • Olive Branch Intermediate School (Olive Branch; Grades 4-5)
  • Southaven Intermediate School

(Southaven;Grades 3-5)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Center Hill Elementary School (Olive Branch; Grades K-5)
  • Chickasaw Elementary School (Olive Branch; Grades 2-3)
  • DeSoto Central Elementary School (Southaven; Grades 3-5)
  • DeSoto Central Primary School (Southaven;Grades K-2)
  • Greenbrook Elementary School (Southaven; Grades K-2)
  • Hernando Elementary School (Hernando; Grades K-1)
  • Hernando Hills Elementary School (Hernando; Grades 2-3)
  • Horn Lake Elementary School (Horn Lake; Grades K-2)
  • Lewisburg Elementary School (Olive Branch; Grades K-5)
  • Oak Grove Central Elementary School (Hernando; Grades 4-5)
  • Olive Branch Elementary School (Olive Branch; Grades K-1)
  • Overpark Elementary School (Olive Branch; Grades K-5)
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School (Olive Branch; Grades K-5)
  • Shadow Oaks Elementary School (Horn Lake; Grades K-2)
  • Southaven Elementary School (Southaven; Grades K-5)
  • Sullivan Elementary School (Southaven; Grades K-5)
  • Walls Elementary School (Walls; Grades K-4)
  • Lake Cormorant Elementary School (Lake Cormorant; Grades K-6)
  • Ruby Young Medical and Environmental Sciences Magnet Academy; Grades K-5

Other Campi[edit]

  • DeSoto County Alternative Center (Horn Lake)
  • DeSoto County Career and Technology Center (Southaven)
  • Magnolia School (Horn Lake)

Demographics[edit]

2006-07 school year[edit]

There were a total of 28,738 students enrolled in the DeSoto County School District during the 2006-2007 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 48% female and 52% male. The racial makeup of the district was 26.05% African American, 67.91% White, 4.64% Hispanic, 1.22% Asian, and 0.18% Native American.[1] 27.4% of the district's students were eligible to receive free lunch.[2]

Previous school years[edit]

School Year Enrollment Gender Makeup Racial Makeup
Female Male Asian African
American
Hispanic Native
American
White
2005-06[1] 27,166 48% 52% 1.21% 24.14% 4.12% 0.20% 70.33%
2004-05[1] 25,298 48% 52% 1.12% 21.92% 3.66% 0.17% 73.13%
2003-04[1] 23,672 48% 52% 1.03% 20.54% 3.18% 0.17% 75.08%
2002-03[3] 22,145 48% 52% 0.92% 18.83% 2.99% 0.15% 77.11%

Integration[edit]

The school district did not integrate until forced to by court order in 1970. As recently as 1997, one school had two principals; a white principal to deal with white students and another black principal to deal with black students. Of the districts 42 schools, only two have black principals.[4]

Suspension controversy[edit]

While blacks make up approximately one third of the student population, they receive well over half of the suspensions from school. In 2015, the NAACP filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, alleging that the school district has violated the Civil Rights Act by discriminating "against Black students on the basis of race through its discipline policies and practices fostering a school-to-prison pipeline and fueling racial disparities." The suit asks the federal government to force the district to revise the vague code of conduct which allows for uneven punishments of minority students.[5] The school district has a long history of violating federal mandates requiring civil rights reforms.[6] In addition to the racial disparities in suspension rates, they suit also alleges that punishments differ widely for the same actions. In one fight, for instance, a black student was suspended a week for shouting, while the white girl with whom she fought was suspended for only two days.[5]

Accountability statistics[edit]

2006-07[7] 2005-06[8] 2004-05[9] 2003-04[10] 2002-03[11]
District Accreditation Status Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited
School Performance Classifications
Level 5 (Superior Performing) Schools 16 11 15 15 15
Level 4 (Exemplary) Schools 11 12 6 5 5
Level 3 (Successful) Schools 0 1 2 2 1
Level 2 (Under Performing) Schools 0 0 0 0 0
Level 1 (Low Performing) Schools 0 0 0 0 0
Not Assigned 4 2 2 2 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education. Archived from the original on 2007-03-23.
  2. ^ "2006-07 State, District, and School Enrollment by Race/Gender with Poverty Data" (XLS). Mississippi Department of Education. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-05-17.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Mississippi district's black students make up a third of enrollment, but half of all suspensions". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b Burtymowicz, Sarah (28 April 2015). "Half of DeSoto's suspensions are black students". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Mississippi's School Discipline Crisis". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  7. ^ "2007 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2007-09-13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  8. ^ "2006 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2006-09-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
  9. ^ "2005 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2005-09-09. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
  10. ^ "2004 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
  11. ^ "2003 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2003-11-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-05-26.

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