District Fast Facts
Employees: 4,500 (approx.)
Full-Time Teachers: 2,100 (approx.)
2013 Avg. Teacher Salary: $42,580
2013 Maint. Budget: $211 million
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. These schools are divided into 7 feeder patterns based on the high school receiving the area's students.
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. Additional facilities in the city house offices for security, food service, and state and federal 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 APAC (Academic and Performing Arts Complex) 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.
Board & Superintendent
The Jackson Public School District is governed by the Board of Trustees, a dedicated panel representing the schools in each of the city's seven wards. 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
Mr. Jed H. Oppenheim, Member
Dr. Cedrick Gray, Superintendent
Memberships & Accreditations
The Jackson Public School District is fully accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).