Harrison Co School District Achieves Largest Point Increase on Coast on MDE Performance Grades

Harrison Co School District Achieves Largest Point Increase on Coast on MDE Performance Grades

The Mississippi Department of Education released Performance Level Grades for schools and school districts from across the state Thursday, and accountability results from the 2016-17 school year show scores in the Harrison County School District rose significantly.  Of the three counties on the Mississippi Coast, Harrison County has the largest increase in total points. The district’s performance went up 30-points overall, and Harrison County now ranks 28th out of 146 school districts in Mississippi.  The district has maintained a B rating, and is just 24-points away from making an A.


The number of A schools in the district doubled, from two schools to four.  Congratulations to these A rated schools:


  • Three Rivers Elementary School
  • North Woolmarket Elementary and Middle School
  • West Wortham Elementary and Middle School
  • West Harrison High School


This is the first time that Three Rivers Elementary and West Wortham Elementary/Middle School have achieved an A rating.  Three Rivers made an impressive leap, with a 91-point growth. 


“Three Rivers Elementary is an amazing school that is full of outstanding faculty members and students!  They have created an awesome learning environment where all are empowered to achieve academic excellence!” said Three Rivers Elementary Principal Tracy Sellers.


West Wortham earned an A rating, by increasing its scores by 46-points.


“As principal of West Wortham Elementary/Middle School, I can’t say enough about how proud I am of what the staff and students have achieved. They all worked incredibly hard every day. The parents and community can feel confident that their children are receiving the highest quality education possible. Job well done!” said West Wortham Principal Don Cuevas.


West Harrison High School attained an A rating, with a sizeable 61-point gain.


“West Harrison High School is thrilled with the results of our accountability scores, and we are so proud of the hard work and diligence of our students and teachers. Our goal is to foster a learning environment where students can explore a variety of educational opportunities, from extra-curricular options to opportunities for acceleration in our dual credit and advanced placement programs. At West Harrison High School, it is always “A” great day to be “A” Hurricane!” said West Harrison High Principal Dana Trochessett.


For an amazing fourth year in a row, North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle School has kept its A status!  North Woolmarket scores increased 39-points, and the school currently ranks fifth in the state at the elementary level!


“North Woolmarket Elementary and Middle School is proud to continue our tradition of excellence!” said North Woolmarket Principal Christy Buchanan. “I am excited that we continue to grow at the highest levels of achievement. I am proud of our students, faculty, parents, and community!”


The number of B schools in the district also increased from eight to ten.  Here are the B rated schools:


  • D’Iberville High School
  • D’Iberville Elementary School
  • D’Iberville Middle School
  • Harrison Central High School
  • Lyman Elementary School
  • Lizana Elementary School
  • Pineville Elementary School
  • River Oaks Elementary School
  • Saucier Elementary School
  • Woolmarket Elementary School


These are the B rated schools that achieved the greatest growth:


  • Harrison Central High School (83 points)
  • D’Iberville Elementary School (73 points)
  • D’Iberville Middle School (30 points)


“We are very pleased with the movement of our scores, but we are not where we need to be,” said Harrison County Schools Superintendent Roy Gill.  “The gains we have made are due to the dedication of our administrators who put emphasis on instruction in the classroom, our outstanding teachers who focused on the standards, and our students who worked hard to achieve their academic goals.  We will continue to push for improvement, so we can become the number one school district in the state of Mississippi.”