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Sacred Heart Ranks High in Mississippi Schools

Sacred Heart Ranks High in Mississippi Schools

Hattiesburg, MS – Sacred Heart Catholic School received the highest ranking in the Pine Belt in a recent article, “Best private high schools in Mississippi” (WJTV, 2023). Sacred Heart Catholic School was ranked eighth in Mississippi with an overall grade of A. This is the highest ranking for all private schools in the Pine Belt, and Sacred Heart is the only Pine Belt score with an A grade.

Stacker was founded in 2017 to provide data-driven stories for news outlets. This organization “compiled best private high schools in Mississippi using 2023 rankings from Niche” (2023). Niche is an online tool helping people research and connect with potential schools in their area. Rankings were based on academics, 50 percent, but included other factors in a child’s education including teachers, college prep, clubs & activities, diversity, and sports.

The pre-kindergarten program at Sacred Heart Catholic School received a ranking of fourth in Mississippi K-12 Private Schools which is also the highest ranking for any Pine Belt private school (Niche, 2023). Niche uses data from various sources including, but not limited to, Department of Education, U.S. Census, reviews from students and parents, and school profiles.

“The mission of Sacred Heart is to create disciples of Jesus Christ and produce college-ready graduates,” said Karyn Charles, High School Principal. “This mission prepares them for life after graduation. We accomplish this mission through discipleship, excellence in teaching, student life, and administration. This is the reason that Sacred Heart sustains a strong academic reputation and continues to earn high rankings.”

Receiving high rankings is not new to Sacred Heart Catholic School. The school has won Festival South’s Best of the Pine Belt for the last five consecutive years and has produced college ready graduates for decades.  The school was founded in 1900 as a mission of Sacred Heart Catholic Church which makes it a parochial school.

Since the school reopened a high school in 2007, students consistently score higher on standardized testing than state and national averages, produce National Merit Scholars each year, and receive millions in scholarship dollars to prestigious colleges and universities across the country. The high school Mock Trial team has won State for 11 consecutive years and 15 alumni currently playing collegiate sports.

Sacred Heart is accepting admission applications for new students, PK4 – 12th grade. Apply today to continue the excellence in academics at Sacred Heart Catholic School.



Niche. (2023). 2023 Best Private Schools in Mississippi. Retrieved from Compare Private Preschools in Mississippi - Niche

Stacker. (2023, April 23). Best Private High Schools in Mississippi [Press release]. Best private high schools in Mississippi (