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Oxford High School Makes Newsweek List of Best Schools in the Country

OXFORD, Miss– One of the best high schools in the nation is right here in Mississippi. 

Newsweek  had Oxford High School as number 452 out of 500 on the list of Top High Schools in the Country. It’s the only Mississippi school to make the list.

“When we got notification that we got on the list, of course we were proud as a district of the high school but we’re also proud as a district of the teachers and students that made that possible,” says Oxford School District Superintendent Bill Harvey.

Oxford High has a college readiness score of 70%. 83% of Oxford High kids say they’re going to college. Harvey says college prep is a goal from the first day your kid sits in an Oxford school desk.

“It’s something we focus on daily, starting in kindergarten,” Harvey also says that even though advanced placement classes don’t start until ninth grade, accelerated learning classes begin in sixth grade. When they do get to the high school, the students have a large selection of AP courses to choose from.

“There are sixteen or seventeen AP courses,” Harvey says.

As for the future of Oxford High, Harvey says this ranking is the fuel to move forward.

“It’s validation,” Harvey calls it. But even though college readiness landed Oxford High on the list, Harvey says they prepare the students for life, “whether they choose to go to college or not, our goal is to have them prepared.”

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