Memphis Schools

Maxine Smith STEAM Academy

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: 6 – 8
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 372 Students
  • Methodology: Inquiry Based Learning
  • Theme: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)
  • Languages Offered: Russian
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 7am – 6pm
  • Extended Calendar: Thursdays at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy are EXTENDED DAYS. Each Thursday, students attend school from 8:15 am to 4:00 pm. This extended time is used to expose students to experiential labs. These labs include STEAM focused activities and are offered at various locations both on and off campus.
  • Opened in 2014
  • Uniform Required
  • Partnerships with Christian Brothers University (students use engineering lab and library weekly) and Salvation Army Kroc Center (Challenge Center).
  • All students enrolled in blended learning course work using school-issued Lenovo Yoga laptop/tablet
  • Award winning faculty and staff with experience teaching highly motivated and intelligent students in a rigorous learning environment
  • Students take all honors courses and are enrolled in a STEM Lab course everyday. Interactive, project based learning activities presented quarterly at greenSTEAM Knight (a showcase enjoyed by parents, family, and community members)
  • Partnership with The Greater Memphis IT Council who provide weekly speakers from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
  • Extracurriculars: Technology Student Association, Robotics, Destination Imagination, LEGO League, National Junior Honor Society, Beta Club, Yearbook, Student Council, Cheer, Drama Club, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Swimming, Guitar Club, Girl Up, Math Olympiads, Ukele Club
  • Gifted Education: CLUE
  • Special Education: Special Education students who meet Optional School requirements receive services and support as outlined in their individualized education plans.
  • Parent Involvement: PTO (Parent Committees include Fundraising/ School Culture, Social Media, Community Partnerships, Academic Advocacy, Staff Support/Teacher Appreciation, Green STEAM/School Beautification, Community Service/Extracurricular, Membership/Parent Communication)
  • Tours: Campus tours are offered on a weekly basis for parents and community members. Additionally, prospective students in grades 5th, 6th, and 7th can get the STEAM experience by shadowing a current student. For more information about these opportunities, please contact our main office.

Enrollment Info

  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - Applicants must have grades of As and Bs with no more than one C as a semester average on the most recent report card, as well as satisfactory conduct and attendance of no more than 15 absences and/or tardies. Applicants must also score at or above the 65th percentile on the total and composite Reading and Math NWEA MAP tests. All students will be on an Optional transfer and must meet/maintain requirements. Preference given to qualified students who live within 2 miles.
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Reviews (3)

  • MSSA is a great middle schoolParent 03/31/2015
    My kid was lucky enough to become a 6th grader at MSSA this school year. MSSA is a great middle school. The teachers are very knowledgeable and excel. The administration staff are very nice and friendly. Students are equipped with touch-screen laptops to help learning. There are many programs/activities to choose from, and there is on-site after school care program. I hope my kid can really appreciate how lucky he is to attend MSSA.
  • I can TEACH!Teacher/Staff 03/30/2015
    This school and the administration team behind it have opened an amazing school that truly allows teacher to TEACH! We are given autonomy and freedom to design exciting and innovative lessons that supports the district and state's curriculum guides. It is a fun and happy place to be every day. I am so grateful to be a part of the STEAM TEAM!!
  • Amazing Place to Learn and Discover!Parent 03/30/2015
    My son was home-schooled until this year (7th grade). He has made HUGE strides in learning and development due to the hard work, commitment, and excitement the teachers at MSSA bring to their classrooms everyday. Principal Brooks is a shining star and loves each student dearly. I am overjoyed to have such a loving, learning environment for my son! We are so glad to be a part of the MSSA family :)
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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically13.7% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Highly Diverse Racially


66% 5.6% In 2022, 66% of students tested Proficient or Above
5 In 2022, the TVAAS Growth Score showed more than expected growth

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