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Ocean Springs, MS
Students enrolled: 1,662

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6701 Old Spanish Trail
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

(228) 875-0333
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February 07, 2012
My two sons attend Magnolia Elementary, Middle School, and High School in Ocean Springs. Schools are great. The Highschool JROTC program, Band, sports etc all are solid programs. The schools and the community are why I moved from Biloxi to Ocean Springs; I never regretted the move.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
My son loved Ocean Springs Schools. He is now proudly serving in the United States Air Force.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
We moved here in 2004 from northeast Alabama. We specifically chose Ocean Springs when we transferred as a result of my husband's job. We read excellent reviews online about the schools, and we have not been disappointed. Principals, teachers, coaches and counselors have been excellent, and our children have received a quality education! I have seen what a poor school system looks like, folks. Those who deride Ocean Springs School System need to visit other systems to appreciate what is here!!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
As a former student of O.S.H.S I was thrilled with the prospect of my children graduating from the same school district as I did. Unfortunately it was not the school I remembered. The students did not welcome my child, as a matter of fact, no one even spoke to her. Several of her teachers were more 'friends' with the students than teachers, and in one class they did nothing but watch movies. I do have to say her Pre-AP English teacher was amazing. Because we moved to another district my child now attends another school. I still feel O.S.H.S is a good school, but not what it use to be. More emphasis needs to be placed on education rather than teacher/student friendships.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
Most of the time teachers at list in 10th grade are absent , so the students have subtitutes teachers creating a waste of time for the sutdents because they just talk and play, I was told that education level in the state of MS, was low and now with everything that I know , I realize is true. Also some teachers don't help in class and yell at the sudents.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
My child reported that they liked all their teachers. I think teachers have encouraged my student to grow in some ways. The college counselor is very helpful! In saying that, there are some issues at this school with no teaching/learning in some classes, lots of movie watching, free time, and discipline issues. I hear wonderful things about a near-by school called St. Martin. If I had a chance to do it all again I would have moved into that school district. Good Points are Lots of opportunity for variety of classes, AP, IB program, extra curricular, and great sports. At this time I see trailers set up outside for the 2008-2009 year.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
I found OS schools to be lacking a great deal. There was little effort for effective communication at all levels and general lack of interest in helping me educate my child. I would recommend anyone who can afford private school to explore that avenue.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
This school was absolutley the worst school my child has ever attended, they do hardly any REAL work but instead watch movies and talk on their cell phones. the teachers here just want a paycheck and are not preparing our young adults for college or life, stay away from this school at all costs if you want your children to succeed!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2007
Ocean Springs was the best highschool I have ever attended! I was also displaced during Hurricane Katrina and I now attend a school with less activities, a smaller academic program, and lower test grades. The teachers at Ocean Springs are dedicated to making sure that every student has the learning experience they need to continue on to a university. Ocean Springs science program was broad including things such as Marine Biology, which is not offered at my new school, and is very rare among other schools. It also has a great math program, I love math now because of that. The school is also very spirited about all the extracurricular activities, such as football. The band is amazing, the best band I have every heard, coming from a high school, and I have already attended two other high schools. It is a great school.

- submitted by a former student
November 30, 2006
Ocean Springs High School was one of the best high schools I went to. I was displaced due to Katrina and where I am now, is in now way comparable to OSHS. The faculty is great, the activites offered were great and well known. I highly recommend OSHS for any family that is moving or has moved to Ocean Springs.

- submitted by a former student
November 27, 2006
I had posted on this site during my freshman year of high school, praising the school. I am now a junior and my feelings haven't changed. Principals have changed, and administrators as well, but the school adjusted quickly and remains a pleasant and fun place to learn. There are certain teachers who are 100% dedicated to their students and who make learning a blast. They made subjects that used to be difficult for me easy to understand (Mrs.Cook!) The guidance counselors will forever remain useless. Its true what was stated above. They will nark on anyone who goes to them for personal help or advice, and more than once my schedule has been messed with horribly with no help from them. Mr. Joe (who corrects their mistakes) has done an amazing job with the band. Music, sports and academics are of great importance. Extracurricular activities remain in abundance. Ocean Springs is a terrific school!

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2006
I teach ACT prep classes to students from all over. I have had only great students coming to me from Ocean Springs High School. They are well prepared academically and are a pleasure to teach. The teachers and administrators and parents are doing a lot of good things for these students. You can quote me, Dr. Lanny Acosta

- submitted by a administrator
August 12, 2006
Ocean Springs School District is definitely one of the best any student can attend. It has won many national and state awards to due academic and athletic performance. Test scores have continually risen, contrary to what an earlier post stated. OSHS is completely about the student. So many classes are offered, that I regret not being able to take all of them, as I am a student here. The best example of the administration showing concern for the students is the clubs and activities that are always taking place. One of the principals has actually set up two clubs, the Sound Hounds (for high school bands) and the Skate Hounds (for skateboarders), all because he listened to what the students here wanted from their school. All these comments said about lack of communication are inexistent so far in my 8 years with the OS School District.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2006
Ocean Springs High School is an excellent school for all new parents. The school system prepares your kid(s)for college.

- submitted by a former student
June 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2005
Mr. Hirsh and Entire Staff at OSHS. We, (like many of us) are displaced in Md. I have three daughters, one was in OSHS, another was in OSMS and my youngest in Magnolia Park. We miss these schools more than you will ever know. We can honestly say from experience, there is no comparison. These three schools are the very best! Missed Tremedously, The Bennett Family, Ron, Phyllis, Bridget, Sarah and Morgan

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2005
This is probably the best school ive ever been to. If you want a good school i highly recommend this one.

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2005
I'm currently a junior at OSHS, and I must say that it is an utter disappointment. Although the teachers are wonderful, their teaching abilities are restrained by the schools lack of capability in other aspects. The administrators do nothing; they only look for quick solutions. Also, they have actually admitted that they are harder on the 'good kids' in order to maintain an illusion of equality. Meanwhile, the counselors are useless. When you come in with a personal problem, they ignore privacy clauses altogther and tell your teachers/parents whatever's said. Classes are overcrowded/badly scheduled. I had a class changed, but it took me 5 visits in the course of 3 days to accomplish anything. Disappointing at best.

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2005
I have been going to schools in the Ocean Springs School District since I was in kindergarten. Every year I look forward to going back to school after summer break. The teachers are awesome and if I ever need help with anything, they will happily help me. There is a wide range of elective classes to choose from and everyone can find something that they will enjoy. I highly reccomend this school district no matter which school your child will be going to.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2005
This school is a very well thought out. There is only one thing that really bothers is the long lunch line. All the teachers, prinicipals, security guard, conselors, and secertaries, are best people the handle. They will help your child to reach success. They will help any one pass the HORRIBLE state test required for graduation. I highly RECOMMEND this school for the parents who want their childrens to have a good school education. It's a lots of fun here at OSHS. My parents my a good choice for education by sending me to OSHS. I am a senior 'Class of 2006.'

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June 14, 2005
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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 18, 2005
Ocean Springs High School as well as the OS School District are among the best you will find anywhere. My daughter graduated from OSHS in and couldn't have been more prepared for LSU. The teachers were wonderful, the guidance counselors were very attentive and helpful, and the administration showed genuine concern and care for all the students. My daughter was very successful in high school and continues to be in college, no doubt to the quality of instruction she received from Ocean Springs High School. This is an opportunity you do not want to pass up.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2005
i am not a parent, but I am a current sophomore student. Ocean Springs High School has helped and encouraged me in many ways. The teachers make sure that you understand something that they taught you. The counselors take their time to help you with your concerns. There is a variety of exta-curricular activities. The band especially is the best and there are many clubs to join. Teachers support and encourgae you to try your best. There are more advanced courses provided for students. They offer a varity of different classes for people. I would have to say that Ocean Springs High School is one of the best schools on the coast.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2005
This school is the best school. They will work with your children to make sure that they will graduate.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2005
I am a member of the Class of 2000, then Duke '04, where I was fully prepared for the rigors of a top-5 university by the wonderful English teachers at OSHS, esp. Mrs. Butler and Mrs. O'Gorman. As I was taking the required Freshman course Academic Writing, it became evident that I was way ahead of kids from Exeter, Woodberry Forest, etc. in regards to incoming writing ability and formal knowledge. All the teachers at the school are genuinely interested in being a part of the building and expansion of young minds.

- submitted by a former student
February 06, 2005
OSHS has been a challenging and rewarding experience for both my children. Mr. Joe, the band instructor, is an excellent educator. Students who take four years of music with Mr. Joe will be rewarded two-fold. Ms. Jones, the guidance counselor, is wonderful to work with. She has great personal skills and does the best to meet the needs of the students she is assigned to. OSHS has many great educators that dedicate themselves to student's success. One down side is the popularity contests with homecoming. Football players should NOT be voting for the royalty. Voting of the royalty should be by the student body. Homecoming is not a beauty contest. It was meant to acknowledge students who are academically successful, contribute to the student body, and have the ability to be a good people person to all the student body.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
Ocean springs schools anit the best place for kids to go to. casue the staff and the Principal leadership is very poor. and the teach and staff also anit as good as they claim to be. the anit got the training to handle and deal with the needs and stuff to deal with all the students. they should just shut that school district down and parents should send thier kids to other schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2005
I have had a very positive experience at Ocean Springs High School. My daughter is a new student at this school and started in January 2005. The administrators and counselors were excellent. They took the time to review my child's education file from her previous school and place her in the classes that she needed to continue her education. She was introduced to her new teachers and guided around on her first few days. The counselor's office took special time to have students greet my daughter and join her for lunch on the first few days. The band director made my daughter feel like part of his band in only a few minutes and really went out of his way to introduce her to many new friends. After 2 days my daughter loves her new school and I would recommend it highly. This school has a wonderful caring and friendly atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2004
This is a very good school to attend for those seeking a college degree. Yes, it is true the Ocean Springs High School is a bit tougher than the rest of the schools on the coast, but the benefits of the more difficult curriculm certainly benefits the student. Being a graduate of Ocean Springs may make me extremely partial, however, it still retains its status as the best high school on the coast. -----Michael Kirkland

- submitted by a former student
October 24, 2004
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2004
I am currently a sophmore here at this high school, and I believe it to be the best on the coast! The entire staff cares about every individual, including the principals and teachers.It really is a great place to meet new people and learn new things. You can't have a bad day at Ocean Springs High School.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2004
I am a freshman at Ocean Springs Highschool and I find the atmosphere to be very inviting. I do not feel as comfortable as I did in OSMS, but that is to be expected because I am new here. My schedule did get somewhat screwed up, though. I had hoped to make it into Intro to Theatre, but they didn't schedule it. Instead they gave the spot to a student who didn't take theatre in eighth grade as I had. I didn't find that very fair, but at least they substituted it with a band class, which shows they took the time to realize I was interested in band. They have a wonderful band program there, and most teachers are nice. I'm new here, though, and I haven't come across any serious bullying problems, so I don't know how they handle that. My rating is basically: so far so good!

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2004
I teach at Ocean Springs High School. It is unfortuate that some people have had bad experiences, but I totally disagree with the comments about teachers who don't care. The teachers do care. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a teacher
August 24, 2004
OSHS has been a great disappointment. Students that excell do so despite uninspiring teachers. Counselors shuffle paper & fill classrms according to alphabet with little attention given to students' interests or aspirations. AP students are reduced to taking trivial classes due to conflicting simultaneously scheduled AP classes. AS great as OSMS was about communicating w/ parents thru email newsletters & teacher's availability w/ email addresses, I have found OSHS falling way short of accessibility.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
Ocean Springs High School is a wonderful place to send your children. They had two extremely lovely services for my belated son. I am forever grateful to the staff at OSHS. They have also made it easier for my daughter, as she is a current student there. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
I am not a parent but graduated from Ocean Springs in 2002. Without the help of all the wonderful teachers I had in my 13 years in the Ocean Springs School District, I would have been able to achieve all that I have. I am on the Chancellor's List at Ole Miss and am in the Honor College there as well. The education that I got in the O.S. School District was wonderful. From the teachers, guidance officers, principals, and even to other students, I am thankful for being able to be a part of such a wonderful school district. For any parents out there who are thinking of moving into the school district I would say yes 100%. I want my own kids to attend Ocean Springs Schools too. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend such great schools with wonderful teachers and other staff members.

- submitted by a former student
May 23, 2004
I am actually not a parent, but I attended this high school and graduated with honors. I would not have been able to achieve this honor if the teachers were not as caring and helpful as they were. This in my opinion is one of the best schools on the coast!

- submitted by a former student
May 23, 2004
After touring the school, there are too many students and not enough space. This is the only coast district that does not have a new high school. There seemed to be some real overcrowding issues. When I checked into this, it seems the lower grades are more important in class reduction than the high school. I would definetly think twice about committing to this school, It may look good now but it not going to be able to keep up with growth and offer the latest and best in technology to the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2004
We move to Ocean Springs six years ago because of the special ed. program. It is the best investment for our child's future we have made. The special ed. staff, band staff, office staff, and adminstration are very supportive. They have made a difference in our son's future.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2004
I'd have to disagree with the first comment made. In my experience the reason many newcomers to the coast here in Mississippi choose Ocean Springs is for It's excellent school system. This type of achievement is not only shown in the students test scores, but in the school itself. For instance, If you were to go to any other of the surronding schools in southern Mississippi it would be hard to find the same inviting and supportive atmosphere this school has. The only thing hindering this school from holding a great place amoung the great schools is its lack of space. Overcrowding has become a problem due to the rapid growth of the City itself and that had no fair warning and no one could of predicted that Ocean Springs would grow so much as fast as it has.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2004
Would not recommend this school to anyone. Impression given to me by school staff. There is no concern by staff about students. Principal does not respond to parents concerns. Counselors do not help students. There do not appear to be qualified substitute teachers.

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September 01, 2003
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Ocean Springs High School
6701 Old Spanish Trail, Ocean Springs, MS  39564
(228) 875-0333
Last modified Ocean Springs High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ocean Springs High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top