DISCOVER E.H. Keys
ACADEMICS. ARTS. ATHLETICS.
Welcome to Ocean Springs School District!
Ocean Springs School District is home to a beautiful, involved, and welcoming community composed of academic scholars, award-winning teachers, and standard-setting schools, including the #1 ranked high school in the state of Mississippi. OSSD proudly serves the city of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, a beautiful, arts-driven town located along the Gulf Coast.
Our Schools & Learning Programs:
- Three elementary schools (grades K-3)
- Upper elementary school (grades 4-6)
- Middle school (grades 7-8)
- High school (grades 9-12)
- Career & technical school (grades 9-12)
- Alternative education center
- Homebound learning program (grades K-12)
- Gifted education program (grades 2-12)
- International Baccalaureate program (grades 10-12)
Want to learn more about OSSD?
Feel free to explore our website to get a closer look at what separates us from everyone else. Be sure to check out the "Contact OSSD" page for important contact information. We look forward to hearing from you!
It is the mission of the Ocean Springs School District to teach our students essential content and strategies, which will enable them to apply knowledge beyond their school experience and to have a positive impact on society.
It is the vision of Ocean Springs School District to educate and inspire all students to their highest levels of achievement.
Ocean Springs School District is proud to reside in the heart of the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The City of Discovery
Ocean Springs, also known as "The City of Discovery," rests along the coast of Mississippi on the shores of the Biloxi Bay and Gulf of Mexico. The small community of about 17,000 features quiet beaches, close-knit downtown scene, and a robust arts community.
Ocean Springs earned its nickname from the French, an establishment of theirs in 1699 by Pierre Le Moyne D'Iberville. Since that time, the community has grown to 17,000 strong, with heavy influences from the arts community.
Notable artists like Peter Anderson, Walter Anderson, and George Ohr made Ocean Springs their home, and inspiration for their artwork.
Ocean Springs serves as hosts of the annual Peter Anderson Arts Festival, a weekend-long arts festival that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to downtown.
The 1927 Public School
Due to overcrowding in a growing community and a necessity for centralized learning, a new city public school was opened in 1927 as "Ocean Springs High School." Miss Mary C. O'Keefe was the first Superintendent of Public Schools at Ocean Springs, and the former high school building is named in her honor.
In 1966, Ocean Springs High School moved out of the 1927 school and into what is now Ocean Springs Upper Elementary, where they stayed until summer of 2012. In 2012, a new, state-of-the-art school was completed along Old Spanish Trail, on the far-east end of the city.