Memphis Schools

GRAD Academy

PUBLIC Charter

  • Grades Served: 9 – 12
  • District: Achievement School District
  • Operated By: Project GRAD
  • 550 Students
  • 25 Students per Teacher
  • Methodology: Project-Based Learning
  • Theme: Our school focuses on practicing restorative justice as the culture element. Academically we focus on technology-based learning.
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
  • School Day: 8am – 3:50pm
  • Summer Programs: The Children's Defense Funds (CDF) Freedom Schools program serves as a Summer Bridge for select GRAD scholars, preventing summer learning loss, promote literacy, and civic engagement. The program operates six weeks during June and July, 8:00AM-3:00PM, Monday through Friday. There is no cost to participants.
  • Uniform Required
  • Has been ranked the #1 program for Scholar growth in literacy in a research study of 60 participating Freedom Schools commissioned by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), the model's parent organization.
  • Only Tennessee high school that is part of the New Tech Network (comprised of 120 schools nationwide)
  • Offers Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program
  • Provides a variety of wrap-around services to support the social, emotional, and academic growth of our scholars
  • Extracurriculars: Beta Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Step Team, Utlimate Gamers Club, Drama Club, Chamber Choir, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Softball, and Baseball. Additionally, all scholars are required to be a part of one of 32 clubs and organizations, which meet during school hours to ensure that all scholars have the opportunity to participate.
  • Parent Involvement: PFSA, Parent-Facilitator-Scholar Association, is led by the parents and supported by facilitators, staff and scholars. Parent workshops, which are planned based on feedback from parent interest surveys, are hosted during PFSA meetings. PFSA meetings take place every 3rd Thursday of the month.
  • Tours: Tours are available at any time, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call 901-206-8848 and connect with Dean of Students, Mrs. Gregory, to arrange a tour.
  • School has an onsite full time College & Career Access Coordinator. This wraparound service allows scholars to experience college access opportunities such as college trips, ACT prep, FAFSA workshops, college/career day, and resume writing, just to name a few. Scholars are made aware of college scholarship opportunities.
  • AP Classes: Pre-AP English II
  • Offers Dual Enrollment in college courses

Enrollment Info

  • Open enrollment for incoming grade 9 students, who are zoned to high priority schools, but a full transcript review and interview are required for admission of any student entering GRAD after grade 9.
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  • Lacks Economic Diversity99% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


32% -12.3% In 2015, 32% of students tested Proficient or Above
1 In 2015, the TVAAS Growth Score showed less than expected growth

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  • 1880 Prospect Street, Memphis, TN 38106

  • South Memphis Neighborhood
  • This school provides transportation
  • Bus transportation provided for zoned students living outside the 2-mile Parental Responsibility Zone.

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