The Mission of the Mississippi School for the Blind is to promote a strong foundation for learning and independence by providing specialized adapted services and materials to enhance maximum potential for students with visual impairments or blindness.
Mississippi School for the Blind is a fully accredited elementary and secondary program (K-12) designed to focus on the unique learning needs of children and youth with visual impairments or blindness, including those with additional disabilities. Every student receives instruction and guidance from teachers and staff who have been specially trained to work with children and youth with visual impairments.
Courses of study offered are comparable to those of any accredited public school. In addition, students receive instruction and services through the expanded core curriculum depending on their particular strengths and needs.
School counseling and other related services, including language/speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy are included in the array of services available for students who qualify.
In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and state regulations, all students must be determined eligible for services through the special educational process. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for each student, and the plan is reviewed and revised at least annually.
Students attending MSB have the opportunity to participate in public school classes within the Jackson area as determined by their IEP. Specialized support services are provided to these students and their local schools to ensure successful inclusion. These students return to MSB for additional instruction.