Public Schools

Community Colleges

Panola
Schools

Panola Schools

Universities

Skills TRaining

Public
Schools

Panola County is served by two public school districts: North Panola School District and South Panola School District. The North Panola School District operates 5 schools and a career and technical center. South Panola School District 6 schools, a Child Development Center for disabled children, vocational training courses, and assists with a parent center.

Community
Colleges

Panola County is served by Northwest Community College which is located in Senatobia, just 25 minutes outside of Batesville. Northwest offers career-technical, academic, and workforce development programs as well as GED courses and Continuing Education.

Career & Technical Education

Students seeking vocational or technical training can take courses at North Panola Career and Technical Center in Como, South Panola Career and Technical Education in Batesville, or the Delta Workforce Investment Area/Alternative School, also in Batesville.

Universities

Nearby 4-year universities include The University of Mississippi at Oxford, The University of Memphis at Memphis, TN, Mississippi State University at Starkville, and Delta State University at Cleveland. These universities offer a variety of degree programs and disciplines.

Private
Schools

The county has one private school located in Batesville – North Delta School.

Public Schools

Public Education

South Panola School District

The South Panola School District serves approximately 4,500 students on 6 campuses throughout Batesville and the southern portion of Panola County in grades PreK-12.  SPSD is fully accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDES). The school district employs more than 300 certified teachers, of which over 55 are National Board Certified.  A rigorous curriculum is in place to challenge students each day through the regular course offerings, as well as the opportunities for students to excel in MERIT (gifted curriculum), Dual Credit/Enrollment, AP and Accelerated course offerings in all four subject areas at the secondary level, which offers students the opportunity to earn college credits before leaving high school.  The South Panola School District School Board meets at 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesdays at the South Panola Parent Center.

SP School District Profile (Adobe PDF)
Get to know SPSD (YouTube video link)

Source: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/

  • Batesville Elementary was awarded a 5-year Barksdale Reading Institute Grant. Operates as a Title I school since 1997.
  • Pope School had 94% of third grade students pass the initial third grade Reading Summative Assessment.  Only 10 of 146 school districts in Mississippi had a higher percentage of students passing the assessment than SPSD.
  • South Panola High offers over 120 Carnegie units and 16 career and technical education programs. Programs at the school include a 4-year JROTC program, 13 sports programs, band, and a choral program.
  • South Panola Parent Center provides resources to parents of students to assist them with homework and test preparation.

North Panola School District

The North Panola School District serves 1,574 students in K-12 in the northern part of the county. The District operates 5 schools and a career and technical center.  The North Panola School District School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday at the North Panola High School Library.

Source: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/

  • North Panola High offers several extra-curricular clubs and organizations including art, dance, math, chess, basketball, football, and FBLA.
  • Vocational classes (2-year program) are also offered to students at North Panola High School.

North Panola School District

The North Panola School District serves 1,574 students in K-12 in the northern part of the county. The District operates 5 schools and a career and technical center.  The North Panola School District School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday at the North Panola High School Library.

Source: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/

  • North Panola High offers several extra-curricular clubs and organizations including art, dance, math, chess, basketball, football, and FBLA.
  • Vocational classes (2-year program) are also offered to students at North Panola High School.

Private Education

North Delta School – Batesville, MS

With approximately 400 students enrolled and a 12-to-1 student to teacher ratio, North Delta School is accredited through the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. It provides pre-school through high school education. High school students can earn college credit through dual enrollment at Delta State University, located about 1.5 hours from Batesville.

Community Colleges

Northwest Community College

Located in Senatobia, which is 25 minutes from Batesville, Northwest Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwest offers career-technical, academic, and workforce development programs as well as GED courses and Continuing Education. Northwest has:

  • Over 100 majors
  • 7,358 enrollment
  • 22:1 student to faculty ratio

The college has satellite campuses in Senatobia, Oxford, & Southaven.

Northwest Community College
Northwest Community College

Universities

University of Mississippi

Located in Oxford, the University of Mississippi is approximately 30 minutes from Batesville. The university boasts:

  • 21,500+ enrollment
  • 739 full-time faculty
  • 17:1 student to faculty ratio

View UM Facts & Statistics here.

With 15 academic divisions, a medical school, and a law school, the university grants degrees at all collegiate levels. Graduate and undergraduate programs are available in:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Applied Science
  • Business Administration
  • Accountancy
  • Journalism and New Media
  • Nursing

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the university offers all degrees at the collegiate level and has programs in:

  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Communication and Fine Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Nursing

University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is just 60 miles from Batesville, located in Memphis, Tennessee. The university has

University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is just 60 miles from Batesville, located in Memphis, Tennessee. The university has

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the university offers all degrees at the collegiate level and has programs in:

  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Communication and Fine Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Nursing

Mississippi State University

Located in Starkville, just 122 miles from Batesville, Mississippi State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university has

  • 20,000+ enrollment
  • 80+ undergraduate majors

The university also provides continuing education, workforce training, and outreach programs.

MSU awards baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees for programs in the colleges of:

  • Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Architecture, Art, and Design
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Forest Resources
  • Veterinary Medicine

Delta State offers undergraduate and graduate courses in four colleges/schools:

  • School of Nursing
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Science

Delta State University

Located in Cleveland, MS, Delta State University is about 1.5 hours from Batesville. The university has:

  • 4,000+ student enrollment
  • 12:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 42 undergraduate majors
  • 18 Master’s programs

Delta State University

Located in Cleveland, MS, Delta State University is about 1.5 hours from Batesville. The university has:

  • 4,000+ student enrollment
  • 12:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 42 undergraduate majors
  • 18 Master’s programs

Delta State offers undergraduate and graduate courses in four colleges/schools:

  • School of Nursing
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Science

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Students seeking career and technical training can take courses at North Panola Career and Technical Center in Como, South Panola Career and Technical Education in Batesville, or the Delta Workforce Investment Area/Alternative School, also in Batesville. NWCC Concourse Training Center is scheduled to open Phase 1 in the fall of 2021.

North Panola Career and Technical Center

The Center is located in Como and serves students from north Panola County. It is part of the North Panola School District.

For more information about the CTE Program at North Panola Schools, contact Ms. LaKeldra Pride at 662-526-5804.

Programs include

  • Auto Mechanics
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Information Technology
  • Business Marketing
  • Teacher Academy
  • Health Sciences
  • Carpentry
  • Family Consumer Science

South Panola Career and Technical Education

With 16 career and technical programs including

  • Automotive Services
  • Construction
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Information and Computer Technology
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Family/Consumer Sciences
  • Student Services
  • Heath Sciences
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Career Pathway Experience
  • Culinary Arts
  • Concepts of Agriscience
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture Mechanics
  • Horticulture Science

These Career and Technical Education courses are taught by teachers that serve students in southern Panola County. The programs are provided by South Panola High School which is a part of the South Panola School District.

For more information about the CTE Program at South Panola Schools, contact Mr. David Tutor at 662-563-8992.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER & TECHNICAL PIPELINE TO CONCOURSE

Delta Workforce Investment Area/Alternative School

Located in the Batesville Junior High School, the DWIA offers GED courses, tutoring and study skills development, summer employment opportunities, adult mentoring, and other programs to youth. It provides services to youth in 14 counties. This program is part of the South Panola School District.

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