Award Year: 2013

Oak Park Elementary School

2230 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS, 39566-7002

(228) 875-5847

Jennifer Pope Ed.D., Principal at time of Nomination

Ocean Springs

School Website


To recognize the worth of each student, maintain high expectations, and meet the needs of the "whole child" as we instill a lifelong love of learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Oak Park believes that each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs; therefore, instructional practices incorporate a variety of learning strategies to accommodate differences in learning styles. Challenging experiences are provided to ensure individual success. The Oak Park faculty, staff, parents, children, and community share the responsibility for addressing the school mission at home and at school.

Teachers at Oak Park meet bi-monthly in Professional Learning Communities to analyze data, share best practices, and plan units of study to best meet the diverse needs of each individual student. We use our vision, mission, and beliefs to improve teaching and learning by incorporating one-on-one and small group tutoring for students that require extra reinforcement in building conceptual knowledge. Current research shows that individualized instruction best meets the needs of all students. This is what Oak Park strives to do through its various individualized programs including fully inclusive classrooms for all special needs students in the general education classroom.

Oak Park Elementary is located in a small bedroom community along the Mississippi Gulf Coast- Ocean Springs. Ocean Springs prides itself in cultural arts. It is the home of the Walter Anderson Museum and frequently hosts cultural arts and crafts events. This atmosphere creates an environment conducive to expectations of excellence from its schools.

Oak Park is a nurturing school that is committed to championing every child so that he can discover his unique and individual gifts, cultivate them, and share them with the world. Students at Oak Park receive well-rounded curricula experiences which not only consist of academia, but also include music, physical education, character education, and technology.