Ridgeland High School
Ridgeland High School was opened in August 2002 by Madison County School District, one of the fastest growing and top-rated school districts in the State of Mississippi. Our school is located and serves students from within the city limits of Ridgeland, a suburb north of metropolitan Jackson. The area’s convenient location, strong public school system, and easy access to Jackson have made Ridgeland one of the more rapidly developing areas within the metropolitan area.
Ridgeland High School is accredited by the Mississippi State Department of Education and is a part of Madison County School District. The school and the district have consistently earned the highest academic ratings from the Mississippi Department of Education.
Description of School:
Ridgeland High School is a public, four-year, comprehensive high school with a strong college-preparatory program. There are currently 852 students enrolled in grades 9-12 for the 2013-2014 school year as follows: 9thgrade – 264 students; 10thgrade – 210 students; 11thgrade – 194 students; and 12thgrade – 183 students.
All Ridgeland High School grades are recorded on the transcript as numerical grades. The letter grade equivalents are as follows: (August, 2010 to present): A= 90-100; B= 80-89; C= 70-79; D= 65-69; and F= 0-64; and (prior to August, 2010) A = 94-100; B = 85-93; C = 75-84; D = 70-74; F = 0-69. The transcript of a high school students’ work will show both semester and final grades in each course. Transfer students’ transcripts are recorded exactly as received from their previous school.
Ridgeland High School operates on an 8-period, alternating day, block-scheduling format. There are 4 block periods per day, which are 90 minutes in length. The school year is divided into 2 semesters, with each containing two 9-week terms.
Units Required for Graduation:
Each student graduating from Ridgeland must have earned a passing grade on the state-mandated Algebra I, Biology I, English II, and United States History Subject Area Tests. Additionally they must have earned a minimum of 24 Carnegie units distributed as follows: Four (4) units in English; Four (4) units in Math to specifically include Algebra I and Geometry; Four (4) units in Science, one of which must be Biology I and one from either Physical Science, Chemistry or Physics; Four (4) units in Social Studies to specifically include United States History, World History, Mississippi Studies, United States Government, Economics, and World Geography; One-half (1/2) unit of Health; One-half (1/2) unit of PE:(1) unit of Fine Arts; One (1) unit of Computer/STEM; and Five (5) units of elective courses.
Accelerated /Advanced Placement Classes:
Ridgeland offers both Accelerated and College Board Advanced Placement Courses. These courses, designated as “Acc” and “AP” are written in front of the respective subject on the student’s transcript. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Courses offered for the 2013-14 school year include AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP United States Government & Politics, AP United States History, and AP World History. The end-of-year Advanced Placement Exams are optional, but are offered in all courses.
Grade Averaging and Ranking: Class rank and grade point averages are updated on a semester basis and include all courses for which Carnegie units are earned from 8ththrough 12thgrades. For courses that receive additional “weight”, the weighted grades are recorded on the transcript and these grades are used in the calculation of grade point average, class rank, and the determination of honor graduates. A student’s “weighted” average is determined by multiplying their numerical grade using the following scales:
1.10 x Grade - College Board Advanced Placement Courses
1.05 x Grade - Advanced Courses (as specified below)
Actual Grade - All remaining courses
All College Board’s Advanced Placement Courses are weighted at 1.10 (see list above). Advanced Courses to be weighted at 1.05 are as follows: English - Accelerated English I, II , III, IV; Science - Genetics, Chemistry II, Physics; Mathematics – Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Probability & Statistics; Foreign Language – French III, Latin III, Spanish III; and Computer Science – Advanced Programming,
Advanced Placement Testing: Twelve (12) Ridgeland High School students took the 2013 AP Exams in the subjects of English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, US Government and Politics, and United States History. A total of fifteen (15) exam grades were reported with eighty percent (80%) of these students earning a score of 3 or higher composite.
Dual Enrollment: Ridgeland High School has an articulation agreement with Holmes Community College for senior students to participate in a ”school day” Dual Enrollment program. This agreement allows our seniors to spend part of their school day on the RHS campus taking high school courses, and the other part on the day on the Holmes CC campus taking college courses. To participate in this program, students must have a minimum of 20 credits entering their senior year and have an ACT composite of 20. There are 28 seniors participating in our Dual Enrollment program this year.
Post Graduation Statistics: The Ridgeland High School Class of 2013 graduated 197 students of which forty eight percent (48%) are enrolled in four-year colleges; forty seven percent (47%) are attending two-year colleges; and the remaining five percent (5%) are in the military, vocational programs, or full-time employment. Ninety four percent (94%) of the college-bound graduates are attending in-state colleges while six percent (6%) are attending college out-of state.
Colleges Attended: The four- year colleges/universities our 2013 graduates are attending this Fall: Alcorn State University, Belhaven University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Northwestern University, Rust College, Texas Southern University, Tulane University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Houston, University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of Mississippi, University of North Texas, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Texas, West Virginia Wesleyan, and William Carey College.
Scholarships: Forty four percent (44%) of the 2013 graduating class at Ridgeland High School received merit-based, college scholarships offers totaling well over 1 million dollars.
Standardized Test Results: .
YEAR ACT MEAN PSAT/NMSQT MEAN
Composite Verbal /CR Math Writing
* As typical in Mississippi, the ACT Assessment is the predominant test for most of the colleges and universities our graduates attend and was taken by 98.2 % of the students in the RHS Class of 2013. The SAT I is traditionally taken by less than 5% of the graduates each year.
National Merit: Ridgeland High School has had a total of 17 National Merit Finalists (from 22 named Semi-Finalists)and 8 National Achievement Finalists(from 8 named Semi-Finalists)dating from August, 2002 through May, 2013.
RHS has one National Merit Semi-Finalist named for the 2013-14 school year.