Biloxi High School ranked number one on the Coast

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One South Mississippi School is making the grade according to U.S. News and World Report.

Educators at Biloxi High School are preparing for the upcoming school year on the heels of this announcement.

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The school year has ended, but achievements at Biloxi High School over the past year have not gone unnoticed. U.S News and World Report has named Biloxi High as the number one high school on the Coast and the number four high school in the state scoring 90.24 out of 100 possible points. Biloxi High School Principal Teresa Martin said, “The prestigious award – absolutely 100 percent, we are surrounded by fantastic school districts here on the Coast, and to receive that number one ranking from U.S. News & World Report is amazing. We focus in on reading and math proficiency, growth and all of those things on the elementary level as it prepares them to become great students here at Biloxi High School. So this is really a prestigious award for the entire school district because we focus in on excellence at every level.”

Martin credits students, parents, and the staff for this award based on six criteria each including reading and math proficiency, under-served student performance, college readiness, and more.

Martin also shares the credit with other schools in the district for preparing students for high school, pointing to programs like the hands-on journalism program at North Bay Elementary School.

Martin gives Biloxi High teachers marks for their role in preparing students for the unexpected this past year: COVID-19. “Our students transitioned into the distance learning very well because we were already ahead in our technology. Our teachers were already teaching with Google Classroom.”

Leaders with the Biloxi School District are not resting on their laurels. In fact, educators are already preparing for the upcoming school year. “We’re here in June of course preparing for our start of the school year in August, what that might look like, we’re still looking at different options.”

With each new school year comes fresh new faces, but Martin says the school’s goal remains the same: to discover and develop the gift of each young person who walks through their doors.

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