Award Year: 2013

DeLisle Elementary School

6303 W Wittman Road
Pass Christian, MS, 39571-8518

(228) 255-6219

Desiree Lizana, Principal at time of Nomination

Pass Christian School District

School Website


Provides an emotionally safe environment where a strong educational foundation can be built to allow students to compete globally in college and career.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 15%
  • White: 78%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

DeLisle Elementary is located in a small rural community where family is key. It is a tight niche community and therefore we see our students and one another as extended family. With that being said, our family believes the impossible is possible.

At DES, teachers use differentiation, intervention, parent conferences, varied instruction and technology to ensure that every child has an opportunity to learn. Every staff member mentors our students and encourages them by taking the extra time to ask about their day, learning, grades, and overall well being.

Teachers utilize the RTI process to ensure that all students’ academics and behavioral needs are being met. Via professional learning communities, we collaborate and research lessons that are engaging and challenging. Peer observation, provided feedback, data review, and sharing newly acquired information at a staff workshop are part of our workday.

We have parents who volunteer to read to our students, garden, assist with clubs, organize a science lab, or lend a hand in the computer lab. Also, our PTO communicates with the school to support the needs of teachers and children.

We are a PBIS Model Site School as well as a Jostens Renaissance school. Therefore, we employ many avenues of rewarding our students; whether it is based on attitude, attendance, or academics. Our students agree to give it their best each day and know that if they make a mistake, they will learn from the process and begin again with a renewed self-confidence. At DES we ensure our students have every opportunity to feel accepted, valued, and safe.