School Details

Desoto Central High School

2911 Central Parkway, Southaven, MS 38672
(662) 536-3612

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1520 students 19 students/teacher (MS avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP)

In 2011-2012 Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Desoto Co School Dist average
  • Mississippi state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP)

In 2011-2012 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Desoto Co School Dist average
  • Mississippi state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Desoto Central High School is a public high school in Southaven. 1,520 students go to Desoto Central High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 29% of the 1,520 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Desoto Central High School is 19:1. Desoto Co Voc Complex is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 70% 61%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 31%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 50%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Great school excellent principal. Standards are high as son had a 3.5 gpa graduation was May 2014 and to be in their National Honor Society you needed a 4.0 or higher. There was a high percentage of seniors that were in the society. Son was on the football team for all 4 years. Last years team was undefeated within Desoto County and went to state playoffs for the first time. School has several hundred students not 30 as shown in profile. Principal was given Mississippi state Principal of the year for this year - 2014.

  • (6 months ago)

    My son is a senior this year. I have nothing but positive things to say about DCHS. He has attended Desoto Central schools since the third grade. I wouldn't put him in any other school. I have friends who have kids in Bartlett Germantown and Olive Branch schools and they talk about how the schools are terrible. The Bullying seal harassment and teachers picking on kids. I ask my son constantly about these things and he said he has never seen any of these things at DCHS. The teachers send messages about class information and the principal sends out updates on a regular basis. Every school has their problems. But I love DCHS.

  • (8 months ago)

    This is the best school in Mississippi. Sports band and other extracurricular activities are some of the best. Academic standards are very high

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is absolutely the best school I can possibly imagine. The students have multiple talents ranging from sports to musical arts. The school had a great basketball season holding the state title for over half of the season. The teachers and students were pumped to see such great people support their winning team. Even in a loss students were still respectful towards players & parents. The band has a great reputation at the school with a positive attitude towards all students. Practicing after school every Monday and Thursday they work to achieve the big state title at the end of the season. The football team also had a positive message towards students in band by buying the band a cake to motivate band students that this school wants the state title. The school is located in a great community that is fairly new. Everything is well built to meet high-end expectations. It's also located near a fire & police department within the famous Snowden Grove Ballpark. I cannot think of anybody who does not love the principal. He disciplines fairly well and distributes his message towards everybody. He is a great man who puts his all into making this school a "first-class school."

  • (3 years ago)

    A great school. The environment of the school is welcoming and hardly any violence or none. Amazing band/drumline program especially with winning State Championships back-to-back(2010 & 2011). Mr. Cox does all in his power to prepare the students for a new season of marching/concert seasons. Any college in the area who is looking for a band student would have already heard of DC Band's great reputation.

  • (3 years ago)

    The academics of this school are above average for what you can expect for this area. The overall environment of the school is positive. The band is the best in the northern part of the state and has tremendous support from the community in fact it is one of the few places where the band outshines the football team in support and recognition and it is certainly the pride of the school. If your student is in band there is no better school in the state for them to attend. The student population is mostly upper middle that has an over inflated sense of its self and is hyper materialistic. This culture exists in all High schools but is more prevalent here than in most and the parents are no different. The athletic program has modest to below average support Central is athletically not taken seriously by the other 6a High schools. The Athletic program is the epitome of politics in athletics particularly in This year it is widely rumored in the community that the baseball team was selected before the tryout s were even held. No one will go on record and say it but behind the scenes everyone talks about it.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a graduate of the class of 2009 and an always very diversely involved student throughout my tenure at DCHS. I came across this site while searching for something else and decided to read some reviews for my high school. I was somewhat surprised and dismayed at what I saw. DCHS is certainly not a BAD high school. It has many positives and especially relative to other high schools in the county and state I would rank it in the top fourth. However anyone that holds an opinion similar to "A really excellent high school and all the teachers and staff are amazingly helpful" is absolutely incorrect. The real objective as possible truth is the following 90% of the teachers there are just fundamentally not that smart and can thus provide an education in any of their respective subjects that fails to surpass a 10th grade level. The ONLY teachers intellectually proficient enough are the 4 or 5 that teach the AP classes (limited to few students). I slept through nearly every class and graduated with a 4.36 GPA never making a B. Also in response to another comment though the DC band always does well the director Mr. Cox is undeserving of any positive feedback ever received.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is a senior and has attended DeSoto Central for the past 4 years. The entire staff including administrators teachers counselors etc. have been absolutely wonderful to work with. My child has a special education ruling and I couldn't be happier with the services that he received and how willing everyone was to comply with his IEP. He is going to college on full scholarship thanks to their support. GREAT school!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter loves the school & is having a great high school experience...that gives me peace of mind in this day & time!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I graduated from dchs. As a student I see that half the teachers care about actually teaching the other half care more about sports etc. They have decent sports teams and a relatively good band. I came from a California school Desoto county can not compete with the education system in California. For a country school if you want your kid to know about farming and killing animals I would suggest to send them here. If you want your kids to succeed in life maybe a different school choice. It's not a bad education but certainly not the best.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think its quite funny how parents comment on here talking about how 'bad' the school is when they really have no clue. All you know is what your children tell you and the truth is when your kids act up and get in trouble all the time because they don't know how to behave of course they are going to tell you how 'bad' the teachers are. It's there way of revenge. I absolutely love going to this school and wouldn't go anywhere else in the county. The teachers do care about the students and strive to teach them. DC prepares students for the real world. You may think that we have 'strict' rules but honestly if you continuosly don't dress like your boss tells you you're going to get fired. If you show up for work late on a daily basis you are going to get fired.

  • (5 years ago)

    great school. both of kids went there. loved it. Band program is wonderful. outstands any program in Desoto county as far as director's band members parents(that seem to always get along) and the booster's. you simply can not beat it

  • (6 years ago)

    As a graduate of DCHS I would not have gone to any other school in DeSoto County. DCHS has it's fair share of problems just like any other school but for the most part the students' education is put first. All of these parents writing bad reviews of the teachers must have children that aren't willing to put forth any effort. The teachers do everything in their power to help us but if a child isn't willing to learn-what good is it? The school has an amazing band program. Mr. Cox (the band director) is the most caring teacher I have ever had. He teaches not just to be a part of band but discipline responsibility and honor. I received a full scholarship to the University of Mississippi and I credit DCHS for helping me along the way. I highly recommend this school for anyone new to the county.

  • (6 years ago)

    this is the worst high school that my children have attended. we have lived in thre other states and when we moved here the school was highly recommend but has turned out to be lacking in overall quality

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a very wonderful school for all ages.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is good its helped me get more diciplined

  • (6 years ago)

    Good school firm dress code. But seeing as I am from the north coming from a school that is one of the best in the nation its alittle easier. But the teachers make it fun and enjoyable. (well atleast most of them) The only thing I dislike is paddels for punishment

  • (6 years ago)

    I think DCHS is a great school. Every school has it's share of problems but DCHS has kept God in the school and that is what makes a difference.

  • (6 years ago)

    This was the worst experiance with a public we have ever had. From the principle to the custodians the teachers were the worst!!! they worry more about the dress code than the children. I would never recommend this school to anyone if you care about your children. The teachers should not be teaching in the whole school there was only one who cared about her students. To be respected you first need to respect. If you are from out of this state don't bring your children here! i could go on nd on but there is not enough room

  • (7 years ago)

    There are a few good teachers at Desoto Central High. The majority are only there to draw a paycheck not teach. EX. The student is told by the teacher on a daily basis turn to page __ in your workbook follow instructions do the work online and tell her your score when completed. That is the extent of her teaching process. The kids are struggling and teaching themselves. If a parent/teacher meeting is held it is basically a waste of time because irregardless of the issue the teacher is not only considered right but backed by the school the parent and student always wrong especially for wasting the time of the 'teacher(s)'. Arrogance abounds in the DCHS teacher's lounge.

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