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Picayune Memorial High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 955 students


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Posted March 4, 2014

I am a student currently enrolled in PMHS. It is my first year at the school and hopefully my last. My first year at this highschool has been the worst experience of my life. The teachers do not teach students what we need to learn but what we need to pass the state test. The school board cares more about dress code than education. I would not recommend anyone to come to this school. There is no excitement about coming to school. The staff needs make school more enjoyable so students apply themselves more. They also need to teach the kids what we need to get by in life. They shouldn't be as focused on passing but helping the students better themselves In life.

Posted January 7, 2013

Horrible school they care more about sports and dress code than your education. And in most of the class they are teaching the students what is needed to pass the state tests and not what is needed for life and college. Most of the teachers don't do their jobs correctly and the kids get out of control. The classes are very basic and will not challenge your average student
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 5, 2010

I attended Picayune Public School throughout my childhood and now have a juris doctor degree. Any problems I had in college were because I did not push myself in high school. My children now attend and I am more than satisfied with their education. My husband and I expect nothing less than academic excellence from our children. I do not believe the school system is a replacement for parenting.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 10, 2010

I attended PMHS from 2000-2004, and although I had a socially stimulating high school experience, Picayune did not prepare me in the least for college or life. In all of my high school years, I never was taught how to write an opinionated, researched essay. In my senior advanced placement English class, we read two books during the course of the entire semester, and I was totally unprepared for the AP test. The teachers at Picayune have become apathetic toward the learning process, probably because the school board and administration care more about enforcing the school uniform policy than raising test scores or graduation rates. As an honors student, I feel that I was not challenged or even encouraged. My high school counselor provided no information on the college application process, scholarship opportunities, or even any colleges outside of the state of Mississippi.

Posted February 17, 2010

I feel that PMHS lacks in the academic end, it does focas alot on sports. I have two children that attend and if I could afford it I would put them in Private school. Neither child is challanged and does enough to get by, which is not hard. As picayune keeps growing the quality of education is falling. There is way to many students at that campus for the teachers to teach properly. Picayune needs another Jr and High School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 14, 2010

this school pays more attention to the uniforms we wear than they do about our education
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 25, 2009

my daughter is very happy with the school. she is treated well by her teacher and taught hands on.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2008

perhaps the most depressing place in the world... THIS SCHOOL ONLY CARES ABOUT SPORTS... If your sending your child here... well i feel very sorry for you parents because your child will not get far in life and this high school does not prepare kids for life. its a dump.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 18, 2008

Picayune is an ok school. If I had a choice, would I send my children there? No. I graduated Picayune fifth in my class and learned little. I took all the AP and Honors classes, but I was still unprepared for college . Picayune is too focused on sports to be worried about acdemics. Sitting back and looking at my high school career, I wonder if I was educated to the full extent that I should have been. On the other hand I believe Picayune houses some of the greatest teachers in the world, who truely care about their students and will help them if they seek help.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 22, 2007

I believe that Picayune is a great school. I believe that it is truly a school about tradition and love and education. I think that it is an excellent place for a child to receive their education. The teachers and faculty are excellent and so well trained. As far as sports go, it is the perfect school!I give it my 110% and complete and utmost recommendation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2007

Its a school where teachers can help students hands on. Also has plenty activities. Very clean and teachers care for the students.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 11, 2005

PMHS is a great school the teachers are great and really involved with the students. They offer many extracuricular activities they have something for everyone.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 29, 2005

PMHS is a good school w/ alot of great staff & teachers that work there. They have gotten better over the years w/ the courses they teach. They offer a wide range of courses & sports to take. I was very happy w/ my education from there & when I have kids I will send them there as well if I am living here in Picayune.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 9, 2005

i dont think that it is very educational. i am no longer sending my child there. he should go to a school where he can learn something in life that matters, like at st. stanislaus.
—Submitted by a parent

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Writing - Informative Essay

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

216 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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

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

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

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

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.








U.S. History

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

188 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 67% 46%
Black 29% 50%
Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 67%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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800 Fifth Ave
Picayune, MS 39466
Phone: (601) 798-1380


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