Options for All Ages

In Jackson County, education is life-long process. From toddlers to seniors, we provide learning environments for every member of your family.  The Chamber supports education through different seminars geared to educate the business community.  The Chamber leads the Explosion of Excellence scholarship program each year, supporting the top ten percent of graduating seniors in Jackson County.  There are a variety of different education and workforce initiatives that the Chamber supports annually.


Jackson County has four public school districts and several private and parochial schools.  The school systems are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Mississippi Accrediting Commission.  All districts maintain a high percentage of Level 5 schools, offer increased challenging curriculum and support programs that reduce drop-out rates like Pascagoula’s “Destination Graduation.”  At the heart of Jackson County’s education excellence is the experience and dedication of its teachers and school administration staff.  Many teachers earn federal, state and county grants for special projects that allow them to be current with innovative teaching concepts.


Jackson County is home to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Gautier Campus and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast (USM) Research Lab in Ocean Springs, an extension of the university in Hattiesburg.  The institutions offer a wide range of credit studies and provide a central location for students commuting throughout the region.  MGCCC and USM have numerous partnerships with local industries to provide career advancement and future learning skills for their employees.  Other prestigious schools within commuting distance are: Tulane Biloxi Campus, University of South Alabama, University of Mobile, Springhill College, MGCCC Jeff Davis Campus, MGCCC Perkinston Campus, Faulkner State University, Blue Cliff College and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus and William Carey University’s Tradition Campus.

Schools & Universities

Grace Christian School-(228)762-4144

Jackson County School District-(228)826‑1757

Second Baptist Christian Academy-(228)475-9395

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County Campus-(228)497-7700

Moss Point Municipal Separate School District-(228)475‑1533

Ocean Springs Municipal Separate School District-(228)875‑7706

Pascagoula Municipal Separate School District-(228)938‑6491

Resurrection Catholic Schools-(228)762-3353

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory-(228)872-4254

Children First in Jackson County Project:

From Debbie Anglin, Education IMG Chairman: 

We, the citizens of Jackson County, must focus more deliberately on our communities’ children in such a way that transforms them into educated, contributing adults.  Through the Chamber’s bi-annual Education-Business Summits, the Education Issue Manager Group has developed a campaign that encourages and guides adults to engage and inspire children.  From speaking to a child at eye-level to complimenting a parent on a child’s good behavior to planting a garden with school children, there are a variety of ways to embrace this calling.

Please pledge your commitment here and return to the Chamber (720 Krebs Avenue, P.O. Box 480, Pascagoula, MS  39568-0480):

PLEDGE CARD (Click here to download) 

Ways to fulfill your pledge: 

  • Look a child in the eye, at his level, when speaking to him or her.
  • Acknowledge a child’s act of kindness or courtesy.
  • Compliment a child to his or her parent.
  • Initiate a conversation with a child about an interest in his or her life.
  • Spend time with a child you know.
  • Volunteer with a children’s organization, reading or coaching, for example.
  • Speak cleanly (no profanity) in the presence of children.
  • Encourage a child’s interests or talents.
  • Send a handwritten note of praise or encouragement to a child.