Empower Your Future
The Mississippi School for the Blind is fully accredited by AdvanceEd/Cognia and provides a elementary and secondary school curriculum (PreK-12) in a positive learning environment. Our programs are designed to focus on the unique learning needs of children and youth with visual impairments or blindness, including those with additional disabilities. Coursework is customized according to each student’s individual strengths and needs and taught in a setting that promotes emotional well-being. In addition, students receive instruction and services unique to those with visual impairments or blindness known as the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) depending on their particular strengths and needs. This includes compensatory skills that help students access the state’s college and career readiness core curriculum, orientation and mobility skills, Braille, social skills, independent living skills, recreational skills, use of assistive technology, self-advocacy skills, and career education so they are adequately prepared for their college or career goals. Additionally students are provided access to advance placement and dual credits courses.
The purpose of the Course Catalog is to inform and familiarize students and parents with course offerings and graduation requirements to get students thinking about life after high school.
● What do you want to do with your future?
● Where do you want to go?
● What do you need to do in high school to make it happen?
Students should talk with their parents and teachers about the choices they are making. Take into consideration your academic abilities, career goals, interests, and plans for education beyond high school. Think about your goals and use the course catalog HERE to help make sure you fully understand the expectations, requirements, and recommendations necessary to achieve your goals!
Orientation and Mobility
Instruction is provided to students in order to safely navigate the world around them as independently as possible. Low vision training/support is also provided in the use of optical, non-optical and electronic devices to enhance residual vision to promote access to daily activities and independent travel.
The Assistive Technology specialist provides assessment and instruction to students with visual impairments in Screen reading software, Magnification software, BrailleNote takers, Smart phones & tablets, Optical character recognition software, Internet navigation, Accessing mainstream technology and software, Electronic braille displays, etc. Training and support is also provided for teachers and to families as needed.
Braille provides a foundation for literacy and learning within and beyond the classroom. Instruction in Braille is provided to students in the Unified English Braille Code ((UEB) whether beginning, intermediate or advanced. All instructional materials are provided in braille formats. Textbooks may be electronic and accessed using a refreshable braille display or a more traditional embossed book with multiple volumes. Nemeth code is taught for math and science.
Ann and Friends – Stories for Beginning Braille Readers by Ann Gelles. https://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/resources/lessons/annandfriends.aspx
The mission of the School Counseling Program is to assist students in overcoming barriers that impede learning. The goal of the guidance counselor is to implement a standards-based comprehensive school counseling program that:
- Includes a curriculum addressing the needs of all students in the domains of academic, personal/social, and career development
- Provides specialized interventions based on identified student needs
- Assists students in acquiring appropriate attitudes, knowledge, and communication skills to promote healthy relationships
- Enhances the ability of students to identify and utilize the appropriate resources needed for post-secondary success
- Creates positive relationships with students fostering personal growth, service to others and academic achievement
- Advocates for all students encouraging them to develop to their fullest potential
- Encourages counselors to consult and collaborate with other educators, parents, and community on behalf of all student
Services include but are not limited to:
- Classroom support though both academic, career, and personal achievement
- Parent consultation by appointment
- Responsive services in times of crisis
- Group and/or Individual Counseling
- As your counselor, I promise to listen carefully before speaking, research best practices, and assist students in planning for success.
Click the following link to contact Ms. Thomas: Contact the Counselor, Ms. Thomas
Jennifer Hart, Media Librarian
Mississippi School for the Blind provides an on-campus library for its students with reading resources for research and academic needs, as well as for leisure reading. These are provided in a variety of media formats. The library provides resources and services for students with visual impairments, as well as staff, parents and professionals. The Accelerated Reader program is coordinated through the MSB Library services as well as the Annual Reading Fair. The MSB library offers a variety of fiction and nonfiction reading materials for students ranging in age from kindergarten through high school in a number of different formats:
Regular and large print books
- Print/braille books (Twin Vision books that combine print, illustrations, and braille, usually picture books)
- Braille books (some EBAE and UEB)
- Un-contracted Braille books (either EBAE or UEB)
- Audio books
- Descriptive DVDs that are recorded with a narrative description of the visual setting.
- Braille Embosser
- Special Children Section
- Accelerated Reader Program
- Annual Reading Fair
- Professional Resource Section
- MSB Historical Archives Room
MSB Library Database
Citing Internet Sources and Resources
NCES Kids’ Zone Test Your Knowledge
Databases (State Funded)
EBSCO (Magnolia library reference & database)
Education Services Center – Region 15 (ESC XV)
ESL Aprender Ingles
Renaissance Place/Accelerated Reader
Library Services – Maryland School for the Blind
Hayes Research Library & Perkins Archives
Cool Websites for Students
Weather and News
Award Winning Books & Reading Lists
ALA Grants | Awards & Grants
John Newbery Medal | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Public and Academic Libraries
Jackson/Hinds Library System
Mississippi Library Commission
Library of Congress:
Library of Congress
Holmes Community College
The University of Southern Mississippi
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