September 2, 2014 10:36:08 AM
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has been named one of the best high schools in America.
The Columbus school was ranked number 57 in a national survey conducted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. The school was ranked number 357 last year. The school was also ranked among the top 25 high schools in the south, according to a MSMS press release.
"I can't get over the fact that we jumped nearly 300 spots in the rankings," MSMS admissions counselor Wade Leonard said. "The entire state of Mississippi should be very proud."
MSMS is a public high school for juniors and seniors. Located on the campus of Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MSMS is the state's only public, residential high school for the state's most academically talented students, according to the release.
"I can't stress enough that MSMS is an option for every bright student in the state and that we are a public school," Leonard said. "One of the best high schools in America belongs to you regardless of whether you live in Pelahatchie or Ocean Springs or Olive Branch or Natchez or anywhere in between."
The school has a current enrollment 256.
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