The mission of the Faculty, Administration, and Board of Directors of DeSoto School, Inc., is to strive to serve the educational and social need of its students through high quality instruction with emphasis on the college-bound student. the school will strive to promote character developments and life skills in a safe environment while encouraging family participation. Success has been evidenced by the large number of DeSoto graduates who have entered college and are making a positive contribution to our society.

Our Purpose

Athletic activites are important part of student life, second only to academics, and DeSoto School strives to make the opportunity to participate in interschool athletics available to as many students as possible.

DeSoto takes pride in providing the community with excellent private education in a wholesome and traditional learning environment.  The continued success of DeSoto's graduates indicates the quality education they are receiving.

The purpose of DeSoto School is simply and directly stated as quality education.  As DeSoto strives to achieve this objective, emphasis is given to helping students acquire a desire for knowledge and respect for learning, an understanding of our cultural heritage and respect for our country, a strong moral character, and a well-developed sense of personal responsibility.

DeSoto School, Inc., is a nonprofit organization and gifts are tax deductible.

Our History

DeSoto School, named for the early Spanish explorer, Hernando DeSoto, was a chartered as a nonprofit organization in 1969.  The campus is located on a thirty-acre tract of land on the western slopes of Crowley's Ridge.  The location is not far from the site where DeSoto discovered the Mississippi River and held the first Christian service west of the Mississippi.

Ground breaking for the school took place in April, 1970, and the first classes began in September of the same year.  Grades one through eleven were offered the first year to a student body of 267. The second year, grades one through twelve were offered, and DeSoto graduated its first senior class in May, 1972. Pre - K through twelfth grade is now offered.

DeSoto School is accredited by the MSAIS and SACS