Columbus, MS (WLOX) - For the third year in a row, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has been named one of the best high schools in America.
National publications Newsweek and The Daily Best surveyed 5,500 schools. MSMS ranked number 57. Last year, the school was ranked at number 352.
"Since the 2013-2014 school year aimed at breaking into the top 100," said MSMS Executive Director Dr. Germain McConnell. "I'm thrilled we got it done in one year. This is a testament to the incredible faculty, staff and student population here at MSMS."
Additionally, the school was singled out as one of the top 25 high schools in the South.
"I can't get over the fact that we jumped nearly 300 spots in the rankings," said MSMS Admissions Counselor Wade Leonard. "The entire State of Mississippi should be very proud today."
MSMS is Mississippi's only public, residential high school for the state's most academically talented students. The school, founded in 1987, is located in Columbus on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women.
The school serves high school juniors and seniors from all parts of the state. Students who wish to attend MSMS must apply during their sophomore year of high school.
"I can't stress enough that MSMS is an option for every bright student in the state, and that we are a public school," said Leonard. "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."
For more information about MSMS, visit the school website www.themsms.org.