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Petal School District Ranked No. 1 in Mississippi

September 29, 2021

PETAL, Miss. – Petal School District (PSD) has been ranked No. 1 in the state, according to the NICHE 2022 Best School Districts rating. The ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.

PSD also received an A+ Overall NICHE grade based on academics, administration, clubs/activities, college prep, diversity, food, health/safety, resources/facilities, sports, and teachers. 

“I could not be prouder of our district,” said Dr. Matt Dillon, PSD superintendent of schools. It’s always exciting to see the fruits of our labor. Our faculty, staff, and leadership work extremely hard to provide high quality educational opportunities for our students, and their hard work has paid off.”

Dillon also attributes the district’s success to its hardworking students and families, and support from the community.

“Our student body responds through the relationships with our teachers, and we have great family and community support,” said Dillon. “We’re No. 1 because our people make a difference.”

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