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Old 05-13-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
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My family is likely to move to DeSoto County in the near future and we are trying to decide between Hernando and DeSoto Central schools. Just curious if anyone has any comments as to the quality of the schools.

Our children (rising 5th and 6th grade) are reasonably bright, often scoring in the top one percent of various norm referenced achievement tests. So we'd love to find an intensely competitive, hot-house environment for them, although most schools seem to think it is a sin to challenge children.

So which school is likely to be more demanding, and which area is likely to be more enjoyable from a social standpoint for both adults and children?
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:08 AM
 
Location: MS
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They are all under the same county superintendent so they have the same standards. My house is in the DCS district and I hear nothing but good things about the school. As far as housing, there is a large inventory of houses on the market including a few around me. I like the location because it is close to Snowden Grove Park. I walk to local concerts.

I have family that moved to Hernando and they like it as well. They have a child in elementary school who is doing great. Housing is a little cheaper in Hernando but that may mean a longer commute for some.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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DeSoto County in MS is a great place to live in Memphis Metro Area. You can't go wrong with DeSoto School District; I have second cousins attending both DeSoto Central and Hernando High Schools. I personally prefer Hernando and I do know that Hernando is booming quickly with many houses being constructed as the surburbs are growing south from Memphis and Southaven. If you don't mind commuting, Hernando would be perfect with small town feel and more open space despite its growth.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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You shouldn't overlook Lewisburg, which is along Byhalia Rd at Craft Rd, about 5 to 10 minutes east of Hernando. It's brand new and highly rated. All three schools are among the top 20 or so in the state.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
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You shouldn't overlook Lewisburg, which is along Byhalia Rd at Craft Rd, about 5 to 10 minutes east of Hernando. It's brand new and highly rated. All three schools are among the top 20 or so in the state.
We've kind of ruled out Lewisburg. Nothing wrong, just not our final two choices. I'm likely to be working in the Southaven/OB area, probably near DeSoto Central school. But my preference is to live in an actual town. So I'm trying to balance the two. That's why I was curious as to whether one school might have a more competitive academic environment than the other.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: MS
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I think Southaven and this area of town is the better area. As I said earlier, I'm a little over a mile from Snowden Grove Park. That is the largest youth baseball park in this area. 16 regular fields and a field for special needs kids. The Parks building is there with batting cages, putt-putt golf and indoor soccer. Next door is a new bowling alley with a pizza restaurant inside. The nicest gym in the area is just up the street.

I don't have any kids so this is just an observation. They are running everywhere. Just my neighborhood has kids ranging from early elementary to college age. I see the same in surrounding neighborhoods as well. I do not see this where my family lives in Hernando. It may be the neighborhood though.

Have looked at the city web sites? Southaven, MS is great as well as their online magazine that covers everything for the new or potential resident.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
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Well, I didn't exactly get the answers I was looking for here, so I looked up the school's No Child Left Behind report cards on the state Department of Education website. I thought the law required the schools to post these on their websites, but I couldn't find them.

DeSoto Central seems to have better test scores. There is something really squirrelly about some of Hernando's test scores. I won't go into it, but something isn't right. DeSoto Central has also had a higher top ACT score for the past two years (found through STAR Student press releases). I'd love to get older data, but I can't find it.

Every student should be required to take the ACT, and schools should be required to report these scores to help parents find schools which are the right fit for their children. It just seems they are intentionally trying to force people into making uninformed choices. >>Great big sigh!<<
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:59 PM
 
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You can google MS Dept of Education, then click on MAARS Accountability reporting, then click on state, district and school scores.

You will find that Hernando Middle and Desoto Central Middle scores are very similar. The main difference I see is that Hernando feels more like a small town and has done a better job insisting on architectural standards, low signage, and landscaping. In the long run I think Hernando is going to be more livable.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:01 PM
 
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I live in Southaven in the Desoto Central School District. I looked at both Hernando High and DCHS and chose Southaven after those visits, however I ended up sending the children to private schools because the work was not challenging enough. The schools both offer an array of advanced classes but they just weren't doing the level of work my children had done prior to moving to the area. Had I realized that I wouldn't be sending the kids to public school, I would have chosen to actually live in Hernando. I like the quaint small town atmosphere of the town, the fantastic library and the farmer's market. I end up spending lots of time there even if I do live in Southaven.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
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I live in Southaven in the Desoto Central School District. I looked at both Hernando High and DCHS and chose Southaven after those visits, however I ended up sending the children to private schools because the work was not challenging enough. The schools both offer an array of advanced classes but they just weren't doing the level of work my children had done prior to moving to the area. Had I realized that I wouldn't be sending the kids to public school, I would have chosen to actually live in Hernando. I like the quaint small town atmosphere of the town, the fantastic library and the farmer's market. I end up spending lots of time there even if I do live in Southaven.
Thanks for the input Civiccitizen.

Were your kids in any sort of gifted program at DeSoto Central? What grades were they in. My kids are rising fifth and sixth graders.

Just out of curiousity where are they going now? My thinking is a little backwards from yours. I think I might prefer to live in Hernando, but am thinking about the DeSoto Central area in case we want to switch to SBEC. Does SBEC have a bus to Hernando?

Thanks for the help.
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