Oxford University School

200 OUS Drive
Oxford, MS 38655-0386
     Tel: (662)234-2200
Grades: PK - 6 | 89 students
Oxford University School challenges each student's intellect, encourages independent thinking and cultivates individual talents.  Our dedicated and experienced faculty fosters academic achievement, moral growth, and social responsibility.  Within our community of learners, we value tradition, innovation, and enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. State or regional independent school association
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 6
Year Founded 1984

Student Body

Total Students 89 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 10%
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
Average Class Size 8 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Khaki pants and school polo or school dress for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Depends on grade level
Admissions Director Sarah Hopkins
Admissions Associate Melinda Gordon


Total Sports Offered 2 sports
Sports Basketball, SwimmingBasketballSwimming,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 1 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Drama Club Drama Club, 

School Notes:

Why Choose Oxford University School?
  • Small Class Sizes
While our classes are limited to a maximum of 15 students, several are actually smaller, which means more undivided teacher attention for your child. Fewer students means that more material can be covered, while leaving time for in-depth class discussions, which further learning and understanding by allowing children to explore their own ideas. Small groups enable peer-to-peer learning, which empowers children to take ownership of their education and builds self-esteem. Small classes also mean that the necessary review of new materials happens largely in the classroom, reducing sharply the amount of homework assigned that would otherwise intrude on their outside enrichment activities and important imaginative free play. Small classes also mean higher intellectual achievement and allow for an advanced curriculum. According to a 1999 study by Mitchell & Mitchell, smaller classes in grades K through third grade improve student achievement in reading and math.
  • Student Achievement
Every year we measure our students’ performance carefully, using the Stanford Achievement Test, a standardized national test used by many private schools. We are proud of our strong results: our latest test scores for 2013 place OUS as a whole in the top 26 percent of comparable private schools nationwide. We are also the only private school in the greater Lafayette area to be accredited by both the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which independently vouches for the high quality of our instruction, curriculum, facilities and staff. A Solid Foundation According to the Oxford Eagle's November 13, 2012 issue, 76 percent of Oxford’s public high school students are not adequately prepared for college. Laying the foundations for academic success, however, starts early, well before high school.  Here at OUS we equip your child with the necessary knowledge and tools to succeed and train your child to think and work independently. Training good study habits early and turning children into avid readers are key to academic success. OUS students have gone on to win prestigious scholarships and gained entry to highly selective universities.
  • Experienced Faculty
At OUS, each student is individually known and cared for by a highly trained and experienced faculty. More than 50 percent of our teachers and staff members hold or are currently working towards advanced degrees. They bring true enthusiasm and passion for their students’ achievement to the job, while setting high standards and promoting excellence in a positive and encouraging environment.
  • Limited Homework
Education experts have long criticized the enormous stress placed on primary school students by hours of homework in addition to long school days. We agree with the experts. That’s why we try to limit homework assignments, leaving enough time for daily reading and spelling exercises. Scientific evidence contradicts the commonly-held misconception that more homework equals more learning. In fact, studies show the opposite. Instead of sending review work home that has already been completed in the OUS classrooms, our students have time to focus on independent reading and special projects, while leaving enough time to be simply kids -- to run around and play at home. At OUS children’s needs come first and we have created a child-appropriate environment.
  • More Recess
We do not believe in chaining children to their desks. Numerous studies show that children (and adults for that matter) learn better if they have breaks in between learning processes. We maximize our recess periods and take the children outside all-year round, which makes for healthier kids whose achievement is measurably higher in the classroom. Cutting recess time, as practiced by many schools, does not make room for more efficient learning time. Instead it simply results in unmotivated, tired students whose ability to learn and comprehend drops sharply. On the contrary, being exposed regularly to sun light and fresh air staves off possible depression in kids. But don’t just take our word for it. 
  • More Fun
Does your child really enjoy his or her current school? We take great pride in the fact that our students actually like coming to OUS and enjoy learning here. They are excited to be able to communicate not only in English but also in Spanish, taught by a highly-qualified native speaker. Our school produces two plays a year that not only nurture our students’ creativity, but also give them confidence to speak in public. Confidence, experts agree, is a major building block in high academic achievement because it makes children unafraid of tackling difficult and unfamiliar concepts. 
  • More Like Family
OUS is more a family than an institution. Students help one another, academically in the classroom as well as during recess, equipping them with solid social skills. Students cheer one another on; nobody gets laughed at for making a mistake, and bullies are not tolerated.  The entire class takes pride in every classmate’s successes. Courteous and kind behavior is the norm at OUS and is part of the social skills that are daily modeled and reinforced by our teachers.

In a nutshell: Small class size, experienced teachers, maximum recess periods, limited homework, measurable high academic achievement, and a caring, kind environment, which is intellectually stimulating and emotionally secure, make Oxford University School a fun school that your child actually wants to be part of.

Profile last updated: 01/30/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Regents School Of Oxford (5.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Regents School Of Oxford (5.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Regents School Of Oxford (5.8 miles away)
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School Reviews

3 weeks ago
My child has just recently become a part of the school and I have already seen a change in her for the better. In her young age she has already started picking out letters that she didn''t recognize before, is writing her letters with more enthusiasm, and wants to play teacher even after school. She is having a great time experiencing the specials with the other students and having more opportunities to learn than she was having before. OUS is a great facility full of loving and caring teachers and administration. We love OUS!
- Posted by Parent
7 months ago
OUS has been a life saver for us! Our child was nervous and literally scared to death of the overcrowded public school system. He now walks into a school he loves and has a smile on his face EVERY morning. It is a huge relief as a parent to know my child is somewhere where he is anxiety free. We are really happy that he is somewhere he can be comfortable and happy for his early years. The new school facility is outstanding! The extra bonus is there is no two hour pick up/drop off line to get my child everyday. The teachers are loving and caring everyday and truly care about each child.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
Oxford University School is accredited by both MAIS (MS Association of Independent Schools) and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Our family values these accreditations when looking for a school because programs, like these mentioned, hold continual school improvement in high regard. The teachers at OUS are also top-notch. Everyone is like one big family--there is no place we would rather send our child for her education.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
There are not enough words to express how much we love OUS. My son has been there since he was 3, he is now in the 1st grade and we love it more each year. The administration knows my name, my son''s name and genuinely cares about all the students and parents. The teachers are fabulous. My 1st grader is now reading 4th grade words! My son never complains in the mornings, he WANTS to go to school. There is a lot of learning going on at OUS, but also a lot of fun. We have limited homework, due to small classes, so the work can actually get done at school. I love that OUS is the ONLY accredited private school in the area, and that while they use some books from Common Core, they do not practice it rigidly. I could go on and on about how happy we are with OUS.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
We love OUS! Have been at the school for 6 years. Teachers are awesome! My kids wake up excited to go to school and upset if I pick them up early. I''m amazed at what they''re learning. We usually have no homework so evening activities with sports and church are never a problem. I can''t say enough good things about OUS. Best decision we made after moving here from Florida.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
We love Oxford University School! I can''t say enough good things about this school. My child is so comfortable here and therefore he is happy to learn and grow. The teachers and staff all know us by name and you feel welcome whenever you come in the door. The smaller class environment helps make learning easier because the teacher can give each child the attention they may need. OUS has been the best option for us! I know that my child is getting a good education.
- Posted by Parent

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