Established in 1969, the Jackson County Exceptional School (JCES) l is located at 4311 Hospital Road, Pascagoula, MS 39581. At the JCES, we provide services to students with a variety of special needs ranging from developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The school currently houses grades 1-12, and offers a variety of services, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, vocational and life skills education, adaptive physical education, speech therapy, and opportunities to participate with their non-disabled peers during art and music at neighboring elementary schools.
There are currently five certified teachers for academic core areas, one PE instructor, a nurse, a speech language pathologist, an occupational and physical therapist who serve based on student need, two full-time custodians,16 teacher assistants, one cafeteria manager, one administrative assistant, and one principal.
At the JCES, we serve students from the Pascagoula-Gautier, Moss Point, and Jackson County School Districts. Placement at the Exceptional School is based, in large part, on an IEP committee decision. Each student's needs are assessed and all factors are considered before deciding on a placement at the JCES. Each student is unique and is given instruction in a structured environment to help the student develop to his or her fullest potential intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The curriculum goals are mandated by the Mississippi State Department of Education and aligned with the MAP-A (Common Core State Standards) and Mississippi Alternate Assessment of Extended Curriculum Frameworks for Science.
The school has a swimming pool for therapeutic activities that was donated by the late Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Di Santi. The pool was donated in memory of their son, the late Eddie Di Santi.
There are currently 48 students enrolled at the Exceptional School, and our primary focus is on serving students with special needs in the severe to profound range. We are fortunate to have a large community support group that participates in our annual "Trunk or Treat," Thanksgiving, Christmas, Black History, and Mardi Gras activities.
Jackson County Exceptional School will create a unique, exciting, and enjoyable learning environment that encourages physical, emotional, and intellectual development that allows for individualized learning styles while promoting a safe, orderly, and caring environment.