Greyhound Nation at Ocean Springs High School is celebrating after the state’s accountability ratings revealed great news for the school.
Ocean Springs High School is assuming the position as the top-ranked high school in Mississippi, according to the state Department of Education’s accountability ratings for the 2018-2019 school year. Those were released earlier this week. Ocean Springs High Assistant Principal Justin Sutton said, “It’s reflective of the hard work our teachers put in, our students put in, our staff put in, administrators, the community, their parents, our supporters, everybody. You don’t just get there because of one person or one class, this is the hard work of everybody.”
Factors that helped to determine the school’s ranking included proficiency scores across core subjects, students in advanced and technical courses, and graduation rates. Sutton says having a committed faculty has helped create a first-class learning environment at the school. “All of our teachers want to see our students succeed. They want to see our students be proficient on tests. They want to see our students grow in their classes so they learn more. They want to push them to the level that they can highest achieve.”
Students say that teacher-student partnerships and features like a dedicated career center help when it comes to preparing for the future.
Sophomore Laura Ann Leslie said, “We have ACT prep courses to make sure we’re getting our ACT scores where they need to be. It’s really easy to prep for college and career and just the next step after high school here.”
With the top spot in hand for the first time after years of being in the top 10, the school will now go back to the blackboard to find areas of growth to maintain that ranking next year. “We have to look at all of our data. Where we can still improve, what can we do to help our student’s education become even stronger?”
But for now, the atmosphere at the school is one of excitement. Senior Jordyn Cook said, “It’s just a really good atmosphere. It’s a good atmosphere every day, but it’s really positive and it’s great to see that our hard work paid off.”