Take a look at the many opportunities and programs for children and adults.


Public Schools

The Petal School District has been named a Star School District for the last 2 years, which is the State of Mississippi's highest accreditation. The District offers its students innovative academic and technical programs, modern facilities, a comprehensive curriculum, and a highly qualified and experienced teaching staff.

Petal's Polymer Science Technology Program offers a two year program and they work closely with USM and the business community. The high school offers ten other occupational technology programs as well, beginning as early as the seventh grade and encompassing subjects from allied health to food production. Visit their web site,

Special Needs

Elementary programs place strong emphasis on reading and phonics and include services for students with special needs, such as language disorder classrooms, a gifted studies program, and voluntary group learning experiences. A student incentive program and tech prep curriculum are introduced at the middle school, where students begin to develop a plan for identifying career goals. Petal is home to the only dedicated Dyslexia school in the state of Mississippi.


Believing that education begins at birth, the Petal School District also facilitates early intervention programs. At the center of this effort is the Petal Parenting Center, which serves newborns through adults with programs such as newborn packets, childcare training, and parenting resources.

Adult Education

Adult education also is abundantly available through area colleges and universities, community colleges, business training programs, and The University of Southern Mississippi's Continuing Education and Learning in Retirement programs.

In addition to the University of Southern Mississippi, three other local campuses offer quality education alternatives. These include William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Jones Junior College in nearby Ellisville, and the Vocational Technical facilities of Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg.

Dyslexia School

Petal is home to the only privately owned Dyxlesia School in Mississippi. The 3D school test students and provides the students 1st and 2nd grade school classes. They are then ready to return to their regular school classes. This school is opening the door for all kids to have the training they need to help them be successful. Visit their web site,


Petal is the first city to be a certified EXCEL BY 5 in Mississippi. Excel By 5 is a program that begins work with a child at birth. The most formative years in a child is birth thru 5. The daycares in Petal are trained on how to give all children a better learning experencie before entering school. Visit their web site,