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Simpson County Academy

Scholastic Profile 

Nick Lee, Headmaster


School Description

Simpson County Academy is an independent school that offers a Christian environment, college preparatory classes, a caring and professional staff, and successful athletic teams.  The average enrollment is 600 students in grades K3-12.  

Mission Statement

The mission of Simpson County Academy is to be a dynamic, independent educational institution dedicated to Christian values, academic excellence, and athletic achievement.  We provide a secure learning environment, state of the art facilities, and a caring, professional staff. We instill in our students the values and skills necessary to successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century.  


Simpson County Academy is accredited at the highest level (AA) by the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) and by SACS. 

Curriculum Profile

Simpson County Academy’s mission is to prepare students for college and career.  The curriculum is college preparatory and meets the recommendations of Institutes of Higher Learning.  The school year is divided into four nine-week reporting periods.  K3-3rd classrooms are self-contained.  The students receive instruction in all subjects by their homeroom teacher.  4th-6th classes are departmentalized.  The homeroom teacher will teach social studies to their class.  7th-12th students meet on a traditional seven-period day schedule, Monday through Friday.  

Grading Scale

Elementary Grading System:

95-100: A
85-94: B
75-84: C
70-74: D
69 and below F

7-12 Grading System:

90-100: A
80-89: B
70-79: C
Below 70: F

Traditional Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 22 credits required for graduation. Students meet requirements to attend a Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning.  

4 – English; 4 – Math; 4 – Science; 4 – Social Studies; 1 - Computer 8th grade; 1 – Computer 9th grade;

1 – Art; 2 – Foreign Language; 1 - Senior Capstone Project

Career and Technical Requirements: A minimum of 22 credits required for graduation.  This plan of high school study does NOT guarantee high school graduates the course requirements to attend a Mississippi public 4 year college or university directly out of high school.  Graduates must first attend a community college.  However, if a Career Tech student wishes to meet IHL requirements, then an alternate plan should be devised with the assistance of the school counselor.  

4 – English; 4 – Math; 3 – Science; 4 – Social Studies; 1 - Computer 8th grade; 1 – Computer 9th grade;

1 – Foreign Language; 1 - Senior Capstone Project; 4 - Career and Technical (2 years).

*This track excludes the second year foreign language and art credit.

Course Plans of Study:

7th Grade: English 7; Math 7; Science 7; World History 7; Bible; 2 Electives

8th Grade: English 8, Pre Algebra or Algebra i; Science 8; US History 8; Computer Applications; 2 Electives

9th Grade: English 1; Algebra 1 or Geometry; Biology 1; MS Studies/Intro to Geography; STEM; 2 Electives

10th Grade: English 2; Geometry or Algebra 2; Biology 2; World History; Spanish 1; 2 Electives

11th Grade: English 3; Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus; Chemistry; US History; Spanish 2; 2 Electives

12th Grade:  English 4 or DC English Comp I and II; Algebra 3 or Calculus; US Govt/Economics; Human A&P or Env Science; Senior Art or DC Art Appreciation or Music Appreciation; Senior Project

Requirements to graduate with Honors from Simpson County Academy are as follows:
  • GPA of 90-94.99
  • English IV or Honors English IV or English Composition I and II
  • Algebra III (higher level may substitute)
  • Human A&P, Chemistry II, or Physics
Requirements to graduate with High Honors from Simpson County Academy are as follows:
  • GPA of 95 +
  • English IV or Honors English IV or English Composition I and II
  • Pre-Calculus/Trig or higher
  • Human A&P, Chemistry II, or Physics
Valedictorian, Salutatorian, & Historian
Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Historian will be named from the graduating class and must meet the following criteria:
  • Students must have attended Simpson Academy for their entire junior year and senior year.
  • Students must meet course requirements for the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL).
  • The selection for Valedictorian, Salutatorian, & Historian will be based on the highest, second highest, and third highest grade point average from all academic courses with Carnegie unit credits.
  • Additionally, these students must take the following advanced level courses while at Simpson Academy:Dual Credit English Composition I & Dual Credit English Composition II or Honors English IV; Pre-Calculus; Calculus; Human A&P, Chemistry II, or Physics. 
Mississippi Scholars Curriculum
  • Complete traditional graduation requirements from Simpson County Academy  
  • 40 hours of community or volunteer service during high school for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (80 hours for seniors graduating in 2022 and later)
  • 18 ACT Composite score
  • 2.5 cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 95% school attendance during four years of high school (excused/unexcused)
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from each of the following:  Headmaster, Guidance Counselor, and business/community leader for students with more than four in-school suspensions)
  • No out of school suspensions
Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Curriculum
  • Complete Career & Technical Graduation requirements from Simpson Academy
  • 40 hours of community or volunteer service during high school for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (80 hours for seniors graduating in 2022 and later)
  • Minimum of 18 ACT composite score (overall score) for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (19 for seniors graduating in 2022 or later) or Minimum 36 ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test) or Silver Level WorkKeys
  • 2.5 high school GPA
  • 95% school attendance during high school years
  • No out-of school suspension
  • Must attain a passing score, as established by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), on the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System (CPAS2) or a passing score on an MDE approved industry certification assessment.
MAIS Honor Society

The purpose of the organization is to promote academic achievements, create an enthusiasm of scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character.  The minimum requirements are: Scholarship and citizenship, overall GPA of 95, and no major discipline reports.  

Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment

Online courses are offered for qualifying juniors and seniors through Copiah-Lincoln Community College.  Currently, English Composition I & II and Art Appreciation or Music Appreciation are the only courses offered for dual high school and college credit.  Other courses are available for dual enrollment such as Western Civilization I and II; General Psychology; Public Speaking; and Introduction to Sociology.

Testing and Student Progress Monitoring

Students in grades 3–10 participate in the ACT Aspire Program and students in grades 11-12 participate in ACT College and Career Readiness Tests. Students in grades 10-11 have the option of taking the PSAT, and 11th grade students take the ASVAB test.

ACT’s College and Career Readiness System:
  • ACT Aspire: Grades 3-10.   Vertically-articulated, benchmarked, standards-based system of assessments that can be used to highlight progress towards ACT College Readiness Standards and Benchmarks
  • ACT: Grades 11-12.   Measures what students have learned; Increases college readiness when used with ACT Aspire; Documents readiness for college


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.


The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

  • Pee Wee Football 4th-6th
  • Pee Wee Basketball 5th-6th
  • Pee Wee Cheerleading 4th-6th
  • Cougarettes K4-3rd
  • Cougar Cagers 1st-4th
  • Archery 5th-6th
  • Tennis 6th

Jr. High and High School

The Simpson Academy athletic program has consistently been one of the most successful in MAIS.  It is our top priority to make sure that we maintain a positive Christian environment for our athletes.  Athletics also teaches many life lessons including teamwork, work ethic, and time management skills.  

  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Cross Country
  • Volleyball
Early Care and After Care

Early care is offered from 7:00-7:45 and is free of charge.  After care is offered from 2:45-6:00.  Students must register for after care and fees do apply.  


Bus service for Mt. Olive, Collins, and Magee YMCA is available.  



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Headmaster: Nick Lee

Elementary Principal:  James Crain

Counselor: Gina Williams

Business Manager:  Karen Brown

Athletic Director:  Winston Mullins