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Oxford High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 870 students


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Posted June 4, 2014

Oxford High School has a pretty new building but lots of old attitudes and ways. I agree with an earlier comment: don't believe the hype.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2013

In response to the "Don't Believe the Hype" comment, I disagree. My child has only been at Oxford High for a couple of months, and I love it. I feel like at Oxford Middle School achievement was actually discouraged. Not so with the high school. Students who want to take rigorous courses are permitted to do so. Everyone urges students to do their best. It's all about encouraging students to do their best. Last year there 12 National Merit Semifinalists out of a class of 224; this year there are 11. Last year 27 seniors (12 percent) had an ACT score of 30 or higher. Eight seniors had ACT scores of 35 or higher. Oxford just has a large group of very talented students and the school does a good job of challenging them. Most students are just average; that's the nature of things. I think Oxford does a good job with all its students. There are lots of clubs, orchestra, band and a host of activities. Is there room for improvement? Always. I think the ninth grade desperately needs a couple of AP courses. But it is my belief that Oxford is the best open-enrollment public school in Mississippi, and compares very favorably with any open-enrollment school in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2012

Don't believe the hype. This school does a good job serving about half of it's population. The rest of the students are left to fall by the wayside. The principal is a throwback from an era gone by: paternalistic and condescending. Unfortunately, there are no private school options for high school in Oxford.

Posted December 15, 2011

I recently had two children graduate from Oxford High School where they took advantage of the most demanding classes. Both are achieving success at the college level today due to the rigor of those upper level courses and the teachers that guided them. The athletic programs are first-rate with outstanding coaches, but the emphasis is on academics first. Discipline problems and academic problems can prevent kids from participating in all contests until those problems are taken care of. There is an alcohol problem among the students because this is a college town, so make sure you know where your kids are at all times. Random drug testing for all who participate in extracurriculars helps kids to say no in difficult social situations. That has turned out to be a good thing. It is a safe place to live and the schools are equal to or better than any in the state.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2010

It is a great school and even though they are strict it will allways be with us for life.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 18, 2009

Last year, I would have given this school a five star rating based on academic achievements, teachers, extra-curricular activities offered, and safety. Unfortunately, this year education is taking a back seat to ridiculous levels of control over procedures. The result being childish power struggles within administration, teachers caught in the middle and a frustrated student body that deserves much better. How sad it is to read a staff editorial in the school paper requesting the adults to start acting like adults!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2006

Oxford High School has an outstanding curriculum that more than prepares students for college. Students here consistently achieve top scores on standardized tests. There are 7 National Merit Semi-Finalists in the current Senior class, 3 National Merit Finalists in last year's and 7 the year before. OHS not only excells academically, but has received the Mississippi 4-A All-Sports Award for the past four years, and received the 2006 Mississippi 4-A Sportsmanship Award. OHS is also known for its outstanding Theatre and Music Department. OHS is a high school were a diverse student body is celebrated. It is also home to 'The Charger', the nationally award winning student newspaper. The faculty and staff are highly qualified.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 6, 2006

Students arent allowed to be outside the building unless they are involved in sports or ROTC. The cafeteria is abysmal with 3 seatings for meals so that the last seating gets little or no choice of foods. There are around 1000 students from grades 9-12 and the ensuing chaos during class changes does not allow for trips to a locker or bathroom. Classrooms are crowded. Teachers put emphasis only on the required proficiency exams so that my child was taught about Vietnam before any other part of American History because
—Submitted by a parent

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Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 97% in 2012.

223 students were tested at this school in 2012.




Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests

Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 63% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.








U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 62% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 46%
Black 38% 50%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Hispanic 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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222 Bramlett Blvd
Oxford, MS 38655
Phone: (662) 234-1562


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