East central Mississippi had two schools that scored the highest possible rating with the new accountability system adopted by the Mississippi Department of Education, that of a 'star school'.
Southeast Lauderdale High School got that designation. It was the only school in Lauderdale County to receive such a rating, and one of only a handful statewide.
School officials say they are excited about the news.
"I'm just thankful today for what our staff and students have done. We are proud of it, and I just can't thank them enough," said principal Dwane Taylor.
Enterprise High School in Clarke County also received the 'star school' status. Enterprise Middle School was 'high performing'. The elementary was deemed 'successful'.
Ratings for Lauderdale County schools:
Lauderdale Co. Northeast Middle ACADEMIC WATCH
Lauderdale Co. Southeast Middle ACADEMIC WATCH
Lauderdale Co. Clarkdale Att. Center HIGH PERFORMING
Lauderdale Co. West Lauderdale Elem HIGH PERFORMING
Lauderdale Co. West Lauderdale Att. HIGH PERFORMING
Lauderdale Co. Southeast High STAR SCHOOL
Lauderdale Co. NE Lauderdale Elem SUCCESSFUL
Lauderdale Co. Southeast Elem SUCCESSFUL
Lauderdale Co. NE Lauderdale High SUCCESSFUL