The Lowndes County School District
Serves Three Major Population Areas Within the County

District Profile
2009-2010 School Year


The Caledonia campus houses an elementary school (K-5), a middle school (6-8) and a high school (9-12) and is located in the northern section of the county.

The New Hope campus houses two elementary school buildings (K-3 & 4-5), a middle school (6-8) and a high school (9-12). The New Hope campus is located in the eastern section of the county.

West Lowndes, located in the southwestern section of the county, houses an elementary school (K-5) on a separate site only a short distance from the campus of the middle school (6-8) and the high school (9-12).

Curriculum

A full spectrum of curricular offerings is available at each school site. The core subjects of reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts are integrated with fine arts, business, vocational, physical education, and foreign language programs. Advanced placement and honors classes are offered at the high school level taught by fully certified AP teachers, along with enrichment programs for the intellectually gifted students in grades 2-8. Art, music and physical education are offered at each elementary school. Character education has been integrated into the middle school curriculum. Students with special needs are served through a comprehensive special education program. In addition, many extracurricular activities are available, which include strong athletic programs at each school.

Accreditation

All schools in the district are fully accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education, and all high schools hold regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accrediting agency, which assures that schools meet quality standards of education.

Community Involvement and Support

Community interest and city involvement in the Lowndes County schools is high, with financial and human resources generously contributing to the individual schools and the school district as a whole. Campuses that are adopted by multiple organizations support a Partners-in-Progress program. Each school also has an active parent-teacher organization. Monthly meetings, beginning with an open house in September, keep communications open between schools and their communities. Programs focus on curriculum, student activities, and school improvement projects. In addition, secondary schools sponsor booster clubs to involve parents and supporters in the many extracurricular activities.

Facilities

All buildings used for instruction in the Lowndes County School District are environmentally conducive to successful implementation of the programs that they house. Buildings are air-conditioned, clean, and attractively decorated and landscaped. Each campus received extensive remodeling in the 2006-2007 school year including classroom and library additions, athletic facility upgrades and aesthetic improvements to update the learning environments in each school.

Instructional Technology

The Lowndes County School District has an abundance of instructional technology. The high schools and middle schools have well-equipped computer labs that are used throughout the day in planned, well-structured programs. More than 450 computers are utilized in the middle schools, and over 400 in the high school programs.

Each of the high schools has its own SMART lab for technology rich instruction. These computer labs incorporate video projection and touch sensitive white boards to bring the curriculum to life. Teachers are trained to enrich the learning process for the students and engage them in intense learning experiences.

 

Instructional technology is also abundant in the elementary schools. Over 750 computers are available to these students. The accelerated reader program is used extensively in these grades, earning Caledonia Elementary School the honor of becoming the first Reading Renaissance School in Mississippi and first Reading Renaissance Master School in the United States. The elementary schools utilize research based software for curricular content delivery including active response systems that allow real-time student response through wireless handheld units. The systems increase student involvement and provide crucial feedback to teachers.

Tech Prep

Tech prep has been incorporated into the middle and high school curriculum. It consists of a sequence of study beginning with Career Discovery in the 7th grade and continuing with 8th grade Computer Discovery and 9th grade Technology Discovery. In these required courses, students are exposed to occupational clusters centered around arts & humanities, agricultural & natural resources, business & marketing opportunities, engineering & industrial jobs, and health & human service careers. Through the use of high-tech equipment and a strong counseling program, students begin choosing their career paths at an early age.

 

The tech prep instructional program is centered around applied academics and hands-on student-centered learning activities. Academic and vocational objectives are integrated in all secondary courses, which are also articulated with post-secondary institutions.

Tech prep prepares students for either direct entry into the work force as technically skilled employees or for continuation into a college degree program. It also provides a school-to-work transition because it helps students make the connection between learning and employment.

The Lowndes County School District works closely with the Mississippi Department of Education and the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University to upgrade Tech Prep resources, provide extensive teacher training and improve the Tech Prep curriculum.