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Ocean Springs, MS

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3600 Hanshaw Rd
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

(228) 872-6210
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May 20, 2014
We moved here from out of town, and based our home purchase on the information online about Ocean Springs schools. I just want others to be aware that experiences vary depending on teacher. Overall the academics and extracurricular offerings are very good. The social atmosphere in Ocean Springs is only welcoming if your child fits right in to the sports or cheerleader mold. Some teachers actually contribute to student gossip. The administrative staff is responsive and professional, but if I had known how this would work out socially for my child, I would have chosen Pascagoula or Pass Christian.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2013
OSMS changed me a lot for the better. I learned a lot of new things and all the teachers are very supportive. I think this school has made me a better person.

- submitted by a community member
December 19, 2012
Husband was transferred and we moved into Ocean Springs because of the schools. However I am very disappointed. The Special Ed team is also not very good. We have lived in a lot of states and this district is one of the worst my kids have attended.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
My son started OSMS this year as a 6th grader. He has transitioned very well and enjoys going to school. This school has an excellent band program that is recognized as the best in all of the Gulf Coast! My son never was interested in music or played an instrument until this year. I feel he has benefitted academically and socially from his involvment with the program. Communication with the teachers and staff is great IF it is initiated by the parent. Most to all information coming from the school must be gotten from their special website and it is the parent/students responsibility to seek it out. It is important to note that the district is currently building a new high school and they have plans to turn the old highschool in to a true "middle" school housing 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. This should solve any overcrowding issues.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
We have two daughters at OSMS and I feel they are receiving excellent educations! When there is a problem or issue, I have found counselors to be very responsive and helpful. We have lived here just a little more than eight months, spanning two school years. Yes, it took our daughters a bit of time to make friends- it is hard as kids get older. There is some bullying but administration has tried to address this with special programs and 'teen leadership' classes. I would never excuse or sit back for any bullying but, sadly, it is part of the Middle School age group. Our daughters have become involved in various extra-curricular activities, love some of their teachers and like most of them, are genuinely happy to go to school, and have made some excellent friends.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
The class offerings are good, but there is never enough room in the good classes and some kids get shortchanged. If your kid is at all 'different', he/she will be treated like a problem, not a person. Bullying is horrible and not much is done about it. Even when someone gets hurt it gets brushed under the rug or they find a way to suspend everybody.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 28, 2009
this school is the best school i've ever been to

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 17, 2009
I went all three years through this school, and I am now in 9th grade. This school system is terrible. I am actually being pulled out of Ocean Springs, and being put into St. Martin. This school has horrible standards, and the administration has no understanding of the students educational needs. Okay teachers, but terrible bullying problems, and horrible education. By far a terrible school for anyone. I don't recommend this to anyone at all.

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 06, 2008
I have read some of these reviews about how great OSMS is and I had to laugh. As a parent of a special needs child in this school, I am very dissapointed at how the administration is running the school expecially how they treat children with disabilities. OSMS has a big problem with bulling, which they continue to ignore. They only teach what is nessisary for the students to pass state test. The teachers are not all good. Principals are never around when needed and don't communicate with parents. if you are thinking about putting your child in this school I would keep searching, but if you have no other choice then make sure your child has an advocate to protect their rights. I don't recommend this school to anyone.

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September 05, 2008
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October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2007
I have been at OSMS since 6th grade, I am now in 8th grade.Overall the school is pretty good, but there are racial boundries even some of te teachers carry out. There is also lot of bullying towards kids who are slower than most. The teachers are good,yet they most care about how we do on state tests. Admistration usually dosent care about bullying unless it is extremely overbaring.

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2007
Ocean Springs Middle School is a awesome school,however something needs to be done about the ongoing bullying. A Parent.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
My child has been attending the OS school system since 1st grade. Although I loved the elementary school, I am having issues with the Middle School. He has always been a very good student, but now he struggles for even B's. Now that he is in 8th grade, I worry about his study skills when he enters High School. I am also not at all impressed with the scheduling of classes. I admit that because of work, I cannot volunteer much time at the school, but at home I am very involved with my son's education. I just don't feel the Middle School is providing my son with the quality of education I expect.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
No school is perfect, but this is a school that offers a quality education and is a very safe environment. I really like that the school has three wings that primarily support one grade per wing. This helps to keep students in their own peer group and adjust to moving to different classrooms without the fear of bullying. Another big plus is the parents. The parents are involved and don t depend on the school to instill values that mat be vacant at home. It makes it much easier for teachers to teach.

- submitted by a teacher
September 29, 2006
I've been to this school since last year. I love it here. My cousins have all gone to this school and so will my siblings.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2006
I'm in 8th grade right now i'm taking algebra I and Accelerated English and french are my most difficult classes. I love the middle school. i've been in O.S. Schools since i was in Kindergarden. I've been in the gifted Ed. since 2nd grade. All of the kids are nice we have got great teachers, great sprots programs.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2006
Wonderful parent involvement. There are about 60 students on a waiting list for gifted and talented services that the school is not providing for. You move to an area for the best schools, but do to overcrowding your child does not get the services they might in a another school. They do take their state testing extremely serious. They are strict on attendance because it affects their funding. There are great teachers that really do love what they do and the students do learn.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
GREAT SCHOOL. We moved here this year from the St.Louis area and our son ,who hated school before,is now actually enjoying it. The teachers are very good and easy to talk with and the positive vibe just oozes out of the building. Great school I would encourage anyone to try to live in this district if you are looking to move into this area

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2005
Very Good School! Really helps my kids in all subjects. Great community support! No Problems so far!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
I have been to OSMS for all three years. I have noticed that the school is so worried about state tests scores that we only learn what is going to be on the test. I believe this much concern is harmful because we learn almost the same thing each year. Most of my teachers were really good taking time with each student to help them, giving extra credit, and tutoring. Some of my teachers; however, clearly didn't like kids, teaching, or have the patiences to do so. They were rude and unhelpful except I learned how I don't want to be. Most of the administration seemed to want to do the least amount of work as possible. I have only done a few but I heard from others friends that the extra activies are great.

- submitted by a former student
April 11, 2005
I am now an 8th grade student at the Ocean Springs Middle School. I have been through the ocean springs school district since kindergarten. The middle school is a great school. Everything is wonderful but the students. The students bully, i have gone through that once this year for the first time, the students are also very disrespectful and they dont care about their education. The extra activities are really good. There is alot to choose from. There is softball, football, tennis, soccer, cheerleading, dance team, and alot more to choose from.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2005
I'm in 7th grade and i have been going to OSMS since 6th grade but i have been in the school dis. since i was in 4th grade. If i had to rate OSMS between 0 and 100 i would rate it 98.9. the reason I don't give it a 100 is because i think the food could be better, I think we could have nicer books, in my world history class we are using text books from 1993!

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2005
I graduated from the Ocean Springs School District in 1990, and I vowed my kids would also. Being a military wife, we have traveled and attended a wide range of schools from year round schools, to traditional schools and NONE of them compare to the education that my kids receive from Ocean Springs. I am so happy to be back here and getting my kids the EXCELLENT education they deserve from caring teachers. The Ocean Springs School district listens to parents and are willing to do whatever they need to help. My daughters elementary teacher volunteered her 'personal' time to stay after school and assist my daughter in getting back on her reading level. This teacher did not have to do this, she did it because she cared and as a parent I appreciate that.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2005
I am a student of OSMS and I think it is a great school and that the counselors do care whether it is academic or life situations you need help with! And the teachers are awesome! especially the algebra teacher!

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2005
i was a student of oceansprings middle schooland i have found that the teachers dont care how your grades are.the counclers dont care about many students problems ]. all they care abou tis test scores!and we cant make good test scores if we dont pass our classes.

- submitted by a former student
November 07, 2004
Particulary,I think OSMS is an awesome school, as I am a student there. The teachers are great and very respectful towards you, I have one teacher that is always there for me til the very end, she deeply cares about me when I am having trouble. The education aspect here is wonderful also, we go on many educational field trips to give us a better understanding. There are many things about this school that are great. No matter what, this school is the best!

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2004
I am a former student of OSMS and I believe it was a wonderful school! Sure some teachers were indifferent to student's problems, but most actually cared, and I have a one teacher in particular that I consider a very good friend. She was the best teacher I ever had, and my friends and I would go to her for any problems. I had a great time in the excellent band program, and all the wonderful clubs. My big sister went to this school and ended up graduating high school in the top ten percent of the country! The principals were considerate of all problems, and knew you by name. I had a great education at OSMS and I only hope OSHS can keep up!

- submitted by a former student
September 07, 2004
Superior school to send your child to in order to succeed! Teachers are caring, responsible, and very good with the kids. It costs a little more to live in the district but it is worth every penny to get an education like this. My daughter went on some very educational field trips and was pleased with all of her teachers, classes available and the students were very welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
For as many parents to be complaining about the Middle school, I wonder just how many of them have volunteered their time or abilities to help correct or resolve the issues. A phone call to the teacher or a note to the guidance office is not a true effort. The teachers are dealing with more than the academics of the students and they are often the only line of defense for the child's future. Too often a teacher will attempt to contact a parent to meet indifference from the parent or they are just too busy to be involved. I find the teachers at this school to be more than pro-active and extremely commited/helpful professionals.

- submitted by a teacher
August 04, 2004
Reading the reviews makes me believe administrators are writing some of them. I don't care how many awards they claim they have received, I have been involved in good schools and Ocean Springs is not one of them. The administration was not receptive to parent involvement and was not interested in my childs education. When my child was having trouble with a subject I was told to allow my child to fail-as the first option. Pushing for solutions, my child was placed w/a counselor/liasion between teachers and myself. She never knew who my child was when I called and it took me days to find she was doing nothing. Attempts to reconcile problems w/Principal were impossible as he would not show for meetings. This attitude trickled down to many of the teachers. There were some very good teachers, but they were far and few between and most didn't stay within the district.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
I think Ocean Springs Middle School is a wonderful place and the teachers , staff and administrators care about children.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
Ocean Springs Middle School is one of the most outstanding schools in the South. The parents and teacher's care about children and the Administration has always been supportive.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
I think the Administration of the Middle School is outstanding. They have always been supportive and pro-active. The teacher's are wonderful and ability grouping is not the driving force, rather they care for the whole child and follow middle school practices. There are four ways for parents to keep in contact with teacher's if they choose to be pro-active. OSMS has recieved four National Honors in the past 5 years. Three state curriculum awards. Teacher's have common planning time for conferences. There is no gang activity, weapons are not an issue, and a school satety and crisis plan is in place. OSMS and the Ocean Springs School System is constantly ranked in the top 100 in the nation and top one or two in the state. Test scores are above the state and regional averages. Be careful what you read and take a look for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
Ocean Springs Middle School is a wonderful place to educate your children. The administration is up to date with the latest curriculum efforts and the teacher's work very hard to reach every child. I have had two children go through the school and would not trade that experience for any other school that I am aware of. Parents can be as involved as they wish and there is always a open door policy with the counselor's, principal's, and teacher's.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2004
I find the administration to be uninterested in the students/parents. Conferences with teachers did not produce the needed results. The Gifted program is a laugh. The classrooms are packed with students and the halls are a madhouse. The classes need to be divided based on ability/gender and less money spent on 'extracurricular activities' such as sports/cheerleading. Divide the classes into 3 sections: above, below, and average. Test students in all core subjects then place in the appropriate class. Teach classes at the student's level with the intent of moving below average students into the average group at the next testing cycle. The student could then learn at a pace suited to their level thus eliminate many discipline problems with bored students. Require physical fitness/health classes for all students/grades. Most of all teach students how to learn!! (A magnet program for exceptional students is a good idea also.)

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2003
I found OS schools to be lacking in many ways. The administration of the middle school was uninterested in helping solve communication problems between parents and teachers. Teachers were repeatedly allowed to ignore requests for conferences and administrators were not interested in fair or equitable treatment of parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
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Ocean Springs Middle School
3600 Hanshaw Rd, Ocean Springs, MS  39564
(228) 872-6210
Last modified Ocean Springs Middle School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ocean Springs Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top