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Biloxi is particularly proud of its school system which ranks as one of the state's best. The district's current accreditation rating is 5.0, the highest available, and is held by less than 10% of the school districts in the state of Mississippi. Currently, there are seven elementary schools (grades K - 6), three junior high schools (grades 7 - 9) and one high school (grades 10 - 12).
The district's building program is on schedule with a new Biloxi High School to open in August, 2002. The three junior high schools will be consolidated that same year and will utilize the current high school. Four elementary schools have been renovated; one new elementary school opened in August, 2000, and two new elementary schools are slated to open their doors in August, 2003.
Biloxi schools offer a comprehensive curriculum ranging from remedial education to college level advanced placement (AP) courses. There are a number of special programs with emphasis on technology-centered courses. At the high school students can follow a college preparatory, regular or vocational-technical program of study. The vo-tech center at Biloxi High offers everything from auto mechanics to welding.
There are 6100 students enrolled in Biloxi schools with a student/teacher ratio of 19. The district expends $5,120 per student with total expenditures exceeding $40 million. In 2001, Biloxi students earned an impressive $2.5 million in scholarships.
Parochial schools operated by the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi have a long and proud tradition of quality education. There are two Catholic elementary schools in Biloxi and one secondary school (grades 7-9). Other schools in neighboring cities compliment these.
For more information about Biloxi Public Schools, call 228.374.1810. To inquire about parochial schools call 228.374.0440.
Healthcare is growing rapidly in Biloxi. Almost all medical specialties can be found in Biloxi, thanks to an influx of medical professionals who are moving to the area at an increasing rate. Two hospitals, Biloxi Regional Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center are expanding rapidly to meet the needs of the community. No longer is it necessary for Coastians to travel to New Orleans or Jackson for specialized medical attention.
For military retirees, Keesler Air Force Base operates the second largest hospital in the U.S. Air Force. It recently won the highest civilian accreditation ratings available and also offers a variety of specialty programs, including the only genetics laboratory in the Department of Defense.
The cost of living in Biloxi is quite reasonable despite its phenomenal growth in recent years. Strong competition in most areas of commerce have kept prices below national averages in almost all categories.