OUR MISSION IS TO ENHANCE THE FUTURE OF MISSISSIPPI IN THE GLOBAL SOCIETY BY MEETING THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS THROUGH PROVIDING INNOVATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES AND LEADERSHIP development IN A RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENT. IN ADDITION, WE WILL PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR OTHER EDUCATORS AND AGGRESSIVE OUTREACH PROGRAMS THAT IMPACT STUDENTS ACROSS MISSISSIPPI.
WHAT IS MSMS?
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is a high school. But it is probably very different than the high school you attend right now. Our students come from all over the state of Mississippi and live and work and play together on our campus. They are students who choose to spend their last two years of high school (junior and senior years) living away from home and engaging in the kind of academic rigor not found at most high schools in America. Our students are those who are passionate about their futures, sincere in their efforts to be successful, and talented enough to be capable of extraordinary things.
MSMS is a member of the National Consortium for Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS), and at our founding we were the fourth such school to exist in the country.
Where is MSMS located?
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is located in Columbus, Mississippi, on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. Chartered in 1884, MUW was the first state-sponsored college founded in the U.S. for women. Despite the university's name, the school has accepted men since 1982. MSMS has called MUW home since its founding, and we could not think of a better spot in Mississippi for our extraordinary high school to be housed.
MSMS students are kept separate from the university's students; although, some of our facilities like the recreation center, are shared by both our students and MUW students.
IS MSMS A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL?
Yes. All of our students live in one of our two resident halls: Goen (the girls hall) and Frazer (the boys hall). We believe the residential aspect of the school is one of the things that makes us unique, and we require all students who attend the school to live on our campus during their time with us. Of course, students are free to go home on the weekends. In fact, our students enjoy at least one three-day weekend (or "extended weekend") each month when the campus is shut down and the students are required to go to their respective homes.
WHAT KINDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS DO YOU GET FOR ATTENDING MSMS?
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science’s motto is an "opportunity for excellence." We do not guarantee anything. There are no special scholarships our students receive simply for attending and graduating from the school. However, our students tend to do very, very well in terms of scholarships. The class of 2018 was offered more than $9.5 million in scholarship dollars to attend schools and universities across the nation. The experiences and opportunities students receive while at MSMS tend to make them very attractive to those who award money for college.
WHAT SORTS OF COLLEGES DO MSMS GRADUATES ATTEND?
On average, about 60% of our students attend college in the state of Mississippi. We believe in the quality of our state schools and encourage our students to give those schools the attention they deserve. However, we have students who attend colleges and universities all over the world, including schools like Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford and U.S. military academies. These institutions know where they can go to find the highest quality young minds in Mississippi, and that place is MSMS.
WHO CAN ATTEND MSMS?
Any Mississippi resident who is a current high school sophomore can apply to attend MSMS. We accept applications from students who attend public schools, private schools or are homeschooled. We are looking for applicants who show a history of outstanding academic achievement, a passionate curiosity about the world around them, and the desire to work for what they want to achieve. For more information about application criteria, click here. The application for the Class of 2022 will open August 2019.
WHAT ARE THE TEACHERS LIKE AT MSMS?
Our faculty are the heart and soul of MSMS. Each and every one of our faculty members holds a master's degree and several have their Ph.D’s. Our faculty members are some of the most dedicated and highly qualified professionals you will find. For more information about our faculty, click here.
WHAT'S SO DIFFERENT ABOUT MSMS AND THE SCHOOL I CURRENTLY ATTEND?
Aside from being a residential high school situated on a college campus, there are many ways in which MSMS is probably very different than the school you currently attend. For starters, all classes are taught as Honors classes or higher. Students have the option to take several AP courses and/or university courses. MSMS students also have many, many more course opportunities than students find in their respective home schools, and one of the biggest challenges our kids face is deciding which courses to take during their time with us. We have more than 100 different classes at MSMS. MSMS students also have the opportunity to take additional courses at MUW and Mississippi State University at no additional cost if their schedules allow.If students need even more challenging or advanced courses, our faculty will provide additional learning opportunities through independent study courses. We exist to meet the individual needs of gifted and talented students. To see a complete list of courses available, click here.
IS THERE ANYTHING TO DO AT MSMS OTHER THAN GO TO SCHOOL?
While school is a big part of MSMS, it isn't the only thing that keeps our students busy. MSMS students have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of clubs and extracurricular activities. Click here to learn more about these activities.