Oxford University School

Oxford University School is an independent school created to provide an enriched educational alternative for young children without regard to sex, race, religion, or national origin.
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)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1984
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students92 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade Oxford University School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki pants and school polo or school dress for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$7,000
Tuition Notes$7,000 for 3K, 4K & Kindergarten $7,500 for 1st-8th grades
Admissions DirectorElizabeth Ritter


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Cheer Club, Chess Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, 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 2015 place OUS students a grade level ahead of comparable 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 67 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.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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We love OUS! It is the only accredited private school in Oxford, MS. (SACS and MAIS) I know my child is learning all he needs to know in a warm and loving environment. He truly is happy going to school each day. A BIG difference from the way he felt at the public schools here! He loves all of his teachers and loves learning from them. He is thrilled to have P.E. three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And two recesses a day, one at snack and one after lunch. There is no such thing as bullying at OUS. Each class is like a small family who looks out for each other. OUS has truly been a blessing for us. Please visit their Facebook page or Instagram to see what each day is like at OUS! Give your child the gift of the love for learning at Oxford University School.
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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.
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