The Barack H. Obama Magnet Elementary School is one of 33 elementary schools located in the Jackson Public School District, serving students in grades K-5. Previously named for Jefferson Davis, the school sits across the street from the childhood home of renowned writer Eudora Welty of Jackson, Mississippi, who attended the school during her elementary years.
Obama Magnet Elementary, a school with a recognized history of progressive education, is dedicated to providing students with a strong foundation for lifelong learning as well as the ability to and desire to make a positive contribution to the shared humanity of our world. The school focuses on inquiry-based, transdisciplinary instructional experiences that bring the complex and challenging world to life in the classroom. Such a focus promotes the overall academic, career, personal, and social development of learners who thereby become productive and compassionate global citizens. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. This national recognition program honors schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.