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District Information

District Fast Facts

Employees: 4,500

Full-Time Teachers: 2,208

Average Teacher Salary: $42,580

Annual Maint. Budget: $199 million

With nearly 5,000 employees, Jackson Public Schools is the fourth largest employer in the Greater Jackson area.

Jackson Public Schools is the second largest school district in Mississippi, serving about 30,000 students, representing more than 80 percent of school-aged children in the state's capital and only urban municipality. Jackson, Mississippi has about 176,000 residents in an area of 104 square miles. There are 7 high schools, 13 middle schools, 38 elementary schools, and 2 special schools comprising the district's 60 school sites.

Thanks to a Bond Referendum, approved by Jackson voters in 2006, three new schools were added – a middle school to serve students living in north Jackson and a middle school and elementary school combined facility for students in south Jackson. Funds from the referendum have also been used to make upgrades to existing facilities and eliminate the need for portable classrooms.

Most of the district's administrative offices, including the Superintendent's office and the district's state-of-the-art board room, are housed in a two-block complex located at the city's center. An additional facility near Jackson State University houses offices for security, food service, and state and federal programs.

Special Programs

JPS students are enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12 and may take part in the district's special program offerings designed to meet the needs and interests of a large and diverse student and parent population. Pre-K is offered at 25 elementary schools and the Montessori curriculum is taught at two elementary schools. There are programs for the intellectually and academically gifted, including Open Doors, which is available to intellectually gifted students in grades 2-6, and academically gifted studnts in grades 9-12, and APAC for students in grades 4-12. Besides the academic component, the APAC program includes an intense visual and performing arts school. Students may audition as early as third grade to enter the program in the fourth grade. Based on an international standard that includes accelerated language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and foreign language curricula, the International Baccalaureate Programme in JPS offers instruction for students in grades K-5 through the Primary Years Programme, for students in grades 6-10 through the Middle Years Programme, and for students in grades 11-12 through the Diploma Programme.

The district is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Achievement

Student Achievement Highlights

2013 graduates received more than $12 million in scholarship offers.

The Class of 2013 consisted of 1,458 graduates.

The number of AP Scholars more than doubled in 2012 from the previous year.

JPS is committed to the vision of Building Stronger Schools Together. This calls upon the district to join forces with the entire community in the city of Jackson to build a better future for our children. The Superintendent's Entry Plan sets forth five broad, overarching goals to improve academic achievement for all students.

    1. To focus on academic achievement and academic growth through the alignment of resources and organizational efforts to ensure students are college- and career-ready;
    2. To develop and support a unified governance team that results in consistency of purpose, stability and teamwork by building a trusting and collaborative relationship with the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees;
    3. To establish a positive climate throughout the learning community that is focused on high expectations for student achievement and continuous improvement;
    4. To increase organizational effectiveness and operational accountability to ensure consistent support to schools;
    5. To establish a positive, learning focused district culture centered on student achievement, development and growth.  

District & School Accountability



Board & Superintendent

The Jackson Public School District is governed by the Board of Trustees, a dedicated panel representing a cross-section of the city of Jackson. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.Current School Board members are:

Board of Trustees

Dr. Otha Burton, Jr., President

Mr. Timothy D. Collins, Vice President

Ms. Beneta Burt, Secretary

Ms. Monica Gilmore-Love, Member

Ms. Kisiah W. Nolan, Member

Mr. Jed H. Oppenheim, Member

Ms. Linda F. Rush, Member

Dr. Cedrick Gray, Superintendent


Jackson Public Schools benefits from its strong base of community supporters and volunteers. The success and effectiveness of our schools is due to the involvement of businesses and citizens in the Jackson area. The district's ultimate partnership initiative asks that the whole community – students, parents, teachers, staff and community members – work together to support student growth and progress. Successful collaborations have included tutoring, fundraising for meeting school needs, and work on school improvement projects.

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