Sharkey-Issaquena Academy

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Sharkey-Issaquena Academy
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
United States
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Nonsectarian
Established 1970
Grades PK - 12
Athletics conference MAIS
Mascot Confederates

Sharkey-Issaquena Academy is a private, nonsectarian, school in Rolling Fork, Mississippi (USA). It was founded as a segregation academy in 1970.[1]


In 1970, one year after the United States Supreme Court decided Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education, which ordered desegregation of schools, white parents opposed to integration doubled the enrollment of the SIA (from 150 to 300).[2] As late as 1995 the student body was 100% white.[1]

In the 2009-2010 school year, there were 201 students enrolled (excluding pre-kindergarten). The demographic profile was 2.0% Asian, 1.0% black, 3.5% Hispanic, and 93.5% white.[3]

About the school[edit]

Located at 272 Academy Drive in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, the school serves students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The SIA is a member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) and its mascot is the Confederate. Neither pregnant students nor known fathers or fathers-to-be are allowed to attend SIA.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Robbie Morganfield (23 July 1995). "New Faces, Old Problem: Whites fleeing public schools for private comforts". Houston Chronicle. p. 1. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Jason Sokol (14 August 2007). There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-307-27550-9. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sharkey-Issaquena Academy". Private School Universe Survey. U.S. Department of Education. 
  4. ^ "Sharkey-Issaquena Academy Handbook and Honor Code". Sharkey-Issaquena Academy. 2011. p. 8. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 

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