It's something that doesn't happen very often: some parents are considering paying to send their children to public high school. But it's not just any public school; it's Biloxi High.
If you're thinking about sending your son or daughter to the new Biloxi high school, and you live outside the district, it could cost you $600. The Biloxi school district held another open house today to let members of all communities take a look at what the school has to offer. Some families say they are signing up for this opportunity.
"The children would have to take pride to play here. It's just awesome. Compared to the gym my son has to play in now, it's awesome," June Boudreaux from Woolmarket said.
Boudreaux is contemplating sending her son to Biloxi high school . She said the fee of $600 is nominal, compared to the higher cost of parochial school.
"It's just a huge opportunity. It's just awesome. I've never seen anything like it," Boudreaux said.
This isn't the first time Boudreaux has visited the school. She can stroll around these halls almost like she went to school here.
"It's built on our basic three "S's" that we emphasize so strongly in Biloxi, and that is Safety, Supervision, and also Scores," Biloxi school superintendent Larry Drawdy said.
The school has space for 400 more students than the school currently enrolls. As a parent, you may have to consider if the cost of $600 is worth it to you.
There are security cameras located throughout the campus. No lockers line the walls. Students don't need to bring books to school, because one set is kept at home and another set is always in the classroom.
The school won't let anyone in. Admission criteria includes a good behavioral record and a good academic record.
Biloxi High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges and by the State Department of Education. One of the only reservations some parents had, besides the cost, is that the parents outside the district will be responsible for transporting their children to and from school.