Winston County boasts of highly rated public and private schools and a branch of East Central Community College, plus quick access to two of Mississippi’s eight public universities, including the state’s largest, which is located within a 30-mile drive.
Elementary and Secondary Schools
The Louisville Municipal School District, which serves the entire county, provides high-quality education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The system operates seven schools:
- Louisville High School
- Fair Elementary School (grades K-3)
- Louisville Elementary School (grades 4-6)
- Eiland Middle School (grades 7-8)
- Noxapater School (grades K-12)
- Nanih Waiya School (grades K-12)
- Vocational-Technical Center (grades 10-12)
A gifted education program is available to qualified students in grades 2 through 8. Special education services are available at all schools and include programs for speech and specific learning disabilities, as well as for students that are developmentally delayed, trainable mentally retarded, visually impaired, educable mentally retarded, and physically disabled.
The Winston Academy and Grace Christian School offer educational alternatives at the elementary and secondary levels.
East Central Community College
East Central Community College serves Winston and four other counties from its main campus in Decatur, Mississippi, and is accredited to award associate degrees. In addition to serving about 2,500 students in academic, technical, and career courses, the college provides workforce training for over 18,000 people annually through its Workforce Development Center on the main campus and at several other locations within its service area.
The college operates the Louisville Career Advancement Center offering courses focused on workplace and construction skills. For more information on workforce training programs see the Workforce Training page.
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University (MSU) is an internationally respected institution offering degrees through the doctoral level in a wide range of disciplines. With over 25,000 students, the university has particular strengths in business, engineering, the life sciences, agriculture, and forestry.
Located in Starkville, Mississippi, its main campus is a 30-mile drive by four-lane highway from Louisville in Winston County. MSU devotes substantial resources to outreach programs designed to make faculty expertise available to the state’s many different types of businesses and industries. See the Incentives section for details
Mississippi University for Women
Mississippi University for Women (MUW) in Columbus, Mississippi, about 60 miles northeast of Louisville, provides educational opportunities through the master’s degree level for both women and men. It is consistently ranked among the top southern public master’s degree universities.
With a student body of about 2,500 and an attractive campus, it has the feel of a small private college. More than 50 majors and concentrations, including preprofessional programs, are offered by the university’s four colleges: Business, Education and Human Sciences, Nursing and Speech Language Pathology, and Arts and Sciences. The university also operates a very successful lifelong learner program.
General workforce training programs as well as programs designed to meet the needs of a specific industry are available to new and existing industries. For more information see the Workforce Training page.