Educating the whole child is one of the most important goals of Laurel School District.  Every educator in the Laurel School District is committed to building and sustaining a culture in which high-quality instruction for all students is the most important priority.  Our primary goal is to implement research and evidence-based instructional programs, best practices, and strategies to help every child perform at/above grade level by the end of each grade.

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Teacher sitting at table teaching kids.
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Early Childhood Program

The Laurel School District offers Pre-Kindergarten programs at Oak Park Elementary School
and Laurel Magnet School of the Arts. To qualify for the Pre-K (4K) program in the Laurel
School District, the child must:

- be four years old on or before September 1, 2023
- reside within the Laurel School District
- be fully toilet trained

Parents of 4K students will not need to go to their child's school until placement information has
been received via email later this summer. Once applications are received, the district will make
placements, and parents will be notified via email this summer with placement information,
including how to officially register for school. The 4K application is the same for OPE and
LMSA. For more information please contact Dr. Marlene Jackson, Early Childhood Coordinator



El Distrito Escolar de Laurel ofrece Programas de Preescolar en Oak Park y en Laurel Magnet
School of the Arts (LMSA). Para poder calificar al programa de Pre-K, el niño debe:
- Tener cuatro años el 1 de septiembre del 2023 o antes
- Vivir dentro del distrito escolar de Laurel
- Usar el baño independientemente todo el tiempo
El programa de Pre-K del Distrito Escolar de Laurel se financia con fondos de Título I. El cupo
es limitado; nuestro programa se limita a servir a 100 estudiantes por año escolar. Una vez que el
distrito haya recibido las aplicaciones se asignaran los lugares. No necesitarán ir a la escuela
hasta que no hayan recibido la información de la escuela que les corresponderá por correo
electrónico. Deberán de estar pendientes este verano de revisar su correo electrónico. No hay una
solicitud aparte para el Pre-kínder en LMSA. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la
Dra. Marlene Jackson en

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Students posing for picture wear cowboy clothes.

Middle College

The Mississippi Department of Education granted the Laurel School District the School of Innovation Designation opening new doors of opportunity for qualifying Laurel High School juniors with the introduction of “Middle College.” Qualifying students with an ACT composite score of 19, including a 19 in the Math section and a 17 in the English section, who also have a 3.25 GPA may begin working on an Associate of Arts degree from Jones College while also learning their high school diploma. The innovative, Middle College program is one of the programs the Laurel School District was approved to offer as a School of Innovation Designation by the MDE.

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Congratulations to the Inaugural Laurel High School Middle College Class of 2023 for their
outstanding achievement. Graduating with an Associate’s Degree while completing their high
school diploma is a tremendous accomplishment that highlights their hard work, dedication, and
academic excellence. This achievement will undoubtedly provide them with a strong foundation
for their future education and career pursuits. We are excited to see all the amazing things they
will accomplish in the years to come. Additionally, these students will have no out-of-pocket
expenses. Local and federal funds cover the Middle College student’s tuition, fees, books, and
transportation. For more information contact Sharon Pierce at

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Students standing in their graduation attire.