Pass Christian High School, with a current enrollment of 525, serves students in grades 9-12 and is one of a select group of schools nationwide named by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2005). We have earned the Value Added Award by the State Department of Education for the past seven years. The Mississippi High School Activities Association awarded Pass Christian High School thirteen Scholar Athletic Team awards last year. For the past four years, Pass High has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being one of the best high schools in the nation and this year was named the number one high school in the state of Mississippi! Based on the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) rankings of individual schools, our high school consistently has held one of the top QDI rankings in the state, with Pass High's most recent QDI an impressive 226. Our students' average ACT score is 22.7, with a state average of 18.7; and a national average of 20.6.
Our present school was built in 1999 to replace a 1930's vintage school building which was then renovated to house the Pass Christian Middle School at that time. A new addition to PCHS was opened in the fall of 2002, providing an additional sixteen classrooms. Pass Christian High School is a source of pride for our community and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, chemistry and biology labs, an inviting media center with conference room, a career center, a health clinic, a "commons cafe" area, a Crow's Nest, and our own Pass High Coliseum. We are committed to ensuring a safe environment for our students and everyone on our campus.
Pass High, a Title I school, utilizes the four-by-four block schedule which allows students to earn as many as 8 credits per year. The curriculum offers a full range of courses from compensatory and developmental to Advanced Placement based on state and national standards. Educators at Pass High are data driven and constantly seek to measure understanding and mastery with regard to student performance in order to enhance instructional planning, methods, strategies, activities, and assessments.
Pass Christian High School lives by the same mission statement as does our district, "Committed to Excellence". Our beliefs have been revised this year, incorporating stakeholder input from surveys. These updated belief statements are "Students excel when... Curriculum is challenging and progressive; Actively engaged in the learning process; All have an equal opportunity to learn; Learning is a shared responsibility; Held to clearly defined, high expectations; and All are accepted, valued, and safe.”
Renaissance, a Josten's philosophy of respect, recognition, and reward, is a guiding principle at Pass High. The benefits of this philosophy enhance our school culture by having a positive impact on students and faculstaff members. Many activities are in place to allow students and teachers to celebrate and be celebrated! Just to name a few, our school hosts Block Parties; Praise Referral Luncheons; HAT Parties; Birthday Brigades; Putt for Perfect Attendance Mini-Golf Challenges; Renaissance 9-week Award Rallies; Inspirational Teacher Recognition; Advanced Placement (AP) Have a Heart Party; Cracker Jack ACT Improvement board; Student, Athlete, and Artist of the Month t-shirts and recognition; a variety of clubs including Interact, Knitting, FCA, Yoga, Dance, Green Club, FFA, and more. All special events are strategically organized to protect instructional time. Additionally, many of our students participate in off-campus JROTC and/or Vocational Programs through partnerships with neighboring districts. Pass High also offers a Horticulture VoTech program here on campus.
A diverse selection of Advanced Placement Courses and Honors Courses is offered at Pass Christian High School. Students may select from ten Advanced Placement and two honors course offerings: English III AP, English IV AP, Government and Politics AP, Calculus AP, Biology AP, Psychology AP, Studio Art, French Language, and Spanish Language. Students may take weighted courses in physics, molecular biology and organic chemistry. Qualifying seniors are given the opportunity to "dual enroll" at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College or the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, plans are underway to offer dual credit enrollment for qualifying students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for select courses.
Pass High is proud to provide opportunities for students excelling academically to participate in distinguished organizations such as the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, and Student Council. And since our PSAT program's inception in 2008, Pass High has had a total of eleven National Merit Finalist award recipients. With regard to scholarship awards, the total accrued by seniors over the past four years exceeds 17 million!