Jackson Public School District
|Jackson Public School District|
|662 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201
|Motto||Building Stronger Schools Together!|
|Superintendent||Dr. Freddrick Murray, Interim |
|Accreditation(s)||AdvancED, Council of Great City Schools and College Board|
|Students and staff|
|Students||Nearly 28,000 Students|
|Staff||Nearly 5,000 employees|
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 second largest school district in the state and 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 Special Programs
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Accountability statistics
- 9 School uniforms
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Dr. Freddrick Murray is the interim superintendent of Jackson Public Schools. The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees announced Dr. Murray's appointment in the fall of 2016. A veteran educator of more than 20 years with an extensive leadership background, Dr. Murray most recently served as Chief Academic Officer of High Schools. Prior to joining the District's administrative in that capacity, Dr. Murray served as a building principal at several schools and was able to increase academic performance with each appointment.
Board of Trustees
- Mr. Kodi Hobbs, Member, Ward 1
- Ms. Kimberly Campbell, Member, Ward 2
- Ms. Beneta Burt, President, Ward 3
- Ms. Camille Stutts Simms, Secretary, Ward 4
- Mr. Rickey Jones, Vice President, Ward 5
- Dr. Richard Lind, 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 28,000 students overall in grades pre-K-12. It is the second largest public school district in Mississippi. JPS is located in the state's capital, Jackson, Mississippi, which has a population of approximately 175,000 residents. The district has 38 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, 7 high schools, and 2 special schools. This is a total of 60 schools. There are nearly 5,000 employees in the district. The district offers a variety of special programs such as Academic and Performing Arts Complex, International Baccalaureate, and Montessori.
Thanks to a Bond Referendum in 2006, three new schools were established–Kirksey Middle School, serving families in north Jackson, and Bates Elementary and Cardozo Middle School, serving the south Jackson community. The new schools opened in 2010.
In 2012, Bradley Elementary School became the Bradley Complex and is used as a headquarters for the District's Campus Enforcement Office. Also that year, the former Bailey Magnet High School became Bailey APAC Middle School.
In 2012, the number of Advanced Placement scholars doubled from the previous year.
Jackson State University and Jackson Public Schools made a historic agreement on May 16, 2013, creating a partnership to enhance the quality of education offered at Blackburn Middle School. The school became a JSU laboratory school, where excellence in education theory and practice could be observed, studied and utilized. Through this construct, Blackburn provides clinical experience for JSU students and creates a living laboratory for research and applied practices to improve teaching. It was renamed Blackburn Laboratory Middle School.
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)
- 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: Read On, Jackson!
- 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|
In April 2005, the district adopted a policy requiring elementary and middle school pupils to wear uniforms.
- "Jackson Public Schools–Office of the Superintendent".
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 23, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- School Links Archived January 19, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)" (PDF). United States Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2009. 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)" (PDF). United States Department of Education. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 17, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education. Archived from the original on March 23, 2007.
- "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 (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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 (PDF) on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
- "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.