Mississippi School for Math and Science cuts enrollment, cites funding

But school officials say flat funding has forced the public boarding school, housed on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus and dedicated to academically gifted students, to reduce its enrollment numbers.

The last time MSMS was near its full capacity of 275-300 students was five years ago.

Wade Leonard, a spokesman for MSMS, said enrollment has been scaled back by 12 percent from 271 students during the 2011-12 school year to 238 students for the 2016-17 school year.

If more funding is not received, the school’s class size is expected to drop to 220 by the 2017-18 year, an all-time low.

ClarionLedger
6/1/16