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Video: MSMS Ranked Among Best in Country

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Yet again, a national publication has named the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science as one of America’s top 1,000 high schools.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast have named MSMS as one of the best high schools in America for the second year in a row. This year, the school jumped nearly 200 spots out of the 2,000 American schools the publications ranked from 542 in 2012 to 352 this year.

“We are thrilled to have yet again been selected as one of this country’s elite high schools,” said MSMS Executive Director Charles Brown. “Our ranking this year is a testament to our teachers, our staff and the amazing student body that composes MSMS.”

In order to generate the list, the publication combine schools’ graduation rates, percentage of students who were accepted to college, average ACT/SAT scores and other criteria. MSMS boasts an average ACT score of 26.9, a graduation rate of 99 percent and a college matriculation rate of 100 percent.

While MSMS was the only Mississippi high school to make the list last year, three other Mississippi schools also share the honor. The other ranked schools in the state are Center Hill High School in Olive Branch, Miss. (ranked 1,617), Desoto Central High School in Southaven, Miss. (ranked 1,679) and Oxford High School in Oxford, Miss. (ranked 1,732).

Located in Columbus, Miss. on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women, MSMS is the state’s only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of Mississippi’s most academically gifted students. Students who attend the school spend their junior and senior years living on the school’s campus and engaging in college level classes in mathematics, science, the humanities and the arts.

On average, MSMS graduating classes are offered in excess of $12.5 million in scholarship offers each year. In 2012, Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast named MSMS as one of the best high schools in America. It was the only Mississippi high school to make the list.

Students interested in applying to MSMS must be current Mississippi high school sophomores with a record of outstanding academic achievement, especially in the areas of math and science. Students must also have an ACT score (a score of 20 or higher is recommended) and undergo a rigorous application process. During the application process students will be required to submit a resume, two essays, an original project of their devising and secure four recommendations from their teachers and counselors. Application into the Class of 2015 is now closed; however, students interested in becoming members of the Class of 2016 may begin the process in mid-summer 2013. For more information please visit www.themsms.org or call Admissions Counselor Wade Leonard at 1-800-553-6459.

For more information concerning Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s ranking, visit www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/05/06/amerca-s-best-high-schools.html.