Cesar ReadingGrowing parent demand: In 2003, four Memphis charter schools opened to serve 175 students. Since then, charter schools have grown exponentially due to overwhelming parent demand for high-quality public school options.

Current landscape: Today, there are more than 10,500 students enrolled in 48 charter schools in Memphis. The city is now one of the top 50 school districts in the nation for charter school enrollment, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Student achievement: In 2012, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University found that 10 charter schools in Memphis outperformed traditional neighborhood schools. Those schools were:

  • Power Center Academy High
  • Freedom Preparatory Academy
  • Promise Academy
  • Power Center Middle Academy
  • Veritas College Prep
  • Star Academy
  • Circles of Success Learning Academy
  • KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle
  • Soulsville
  • Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School

On average, students attending Tennessee charter school students receive a better education than their peers in district schools. According to CREDO, Tennessee’s charter school students gained the equivalent of an additional 86 days of learning in reading and 72 days in mathematics in comparison to their traditional public school counterparts. These results were among the highest of all states studied.


Arrow Academy645 Semmes Street, Memphis 38111K-1st
Aspire Coleman Elementary School3210 Raleigh-Millington Road, Memphis 38128PK-5th
Aspire Hanley Elementary School 2#680 Hanley Street, Memphis 38114PK-6th
Aspire Hanley Elementary School #1680 Hanley Street, Memphis 38114PK-6th
Aurora Collegiate Academy Inc.3804 Given Avenue, Memphis 38122K-2nd
City University Boys Preparatory Academy1475 East Shelby Drive, Memphis 381166th-8th
City University Girls Preparatory Academy1475 East Shelby Drive, Memphis 381166th-8th
City University School of Liberal Arts1500 Dunn Avenue, Memphis 381069th-12th
Cornerstone Prep- Lester Campus (ASD)320 Carpenter Street, Memphis 38112K-5th
W.E.B. DuBois Charter Schools Consortium111 South Highland # 189, Memphis 38111see website
Humes Preparatory Academy659 North Manassas Street, Memphis 381076th-8th
Klondike Preparatory Academy1250 Vollintine Road, Memphis 38107K-2nd
Power Center Academy High School6384 Quince Road, Memphis 381199th-11th
Power Center Academy Middle School6120 Winchester Road, Memphis 381156th-8th
KIPP Memphis Academy Elementary2248 Shannon Avenue, Memphis 38108K
KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School2110 Howell Avenue, Memphis 381075th-6th
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Elementary School 230 Henry Avenue, Memphis 38107K-1st
KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School2110 Howell Avenue, Memphis 381079th-11th
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle School230 Henry Avenue, Memphis 381075th-8th
KIPP Memphis Preparatory Memphis2230 Corry Road, Memphis 381065th
Memphis College Preparatory Elementary School278 Greenlaw Avenue, Memphis 38105K-2nd
Memphis RISE AcademyTBDCurrently serving 6th grade, growing to 6-12
New Consortium of Law and Business, Shelby6165 Stage Road, Bartlett 381347th
Omni Prep Academy -North Pointe Middle School111 South Highland # 263, Memphis 38111K-3rd
Omni Prep Academy-North Pointe Lower School111 South Highland # 263, Memphis 381115th-8th
Pathways in Education3156 North Thomas Street, Memphis 381277th-12th
Promise Academy1346 Bryan Street, Memphis 38108K-5th
Southern Avenue Charter Elementary School2221 Democrat Road, MemphisK-5th
Southern Avenue Charter Middle School2185 Democrat Road, Memphis 6th-8th
Vision Prep260 Joubert Ave. Memphis, TN 38109(K-5) starts with K&1
Circle of Success Learning Academy867 South Parkway E, Memphis 38106K-5th
Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering20 Dudley Street, Memphis 381036th-12th
Freedom Preparatory Academy5132 Jonetta Street, Memphis 381096th-8th
Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory168 Jefferson Street, Memphis 381036th-8th
Memphis Academy of Health Sciences (MAHS)3925 Chelsea Avenue Exd, Memphis 381089th-12th
Memphis Academy of Health Sciences Middle School3925 Chelsea Avenue Exd, Memphis 381086th-8th
Memphis Business Academy Elementary School2450 Frayser Blvd, Memphis 38127K-5th
Memphis Business Academy High School3306 Overton Crossing, Memphis 381279th-12th
Memphis Business Academy Middle School3306 Overton Crossing, Memphis 381276th-8th
New Consortium of Law and Business, Memphis110 North Court Avenue #100, Memphis 381037th-8th
Memphis School of Excellence4450 South Mendenhall Road, Memphis 381416th-11th
Soulsville Charter High School926 East McLemore Avenue, Memphis 381069th-12th
Soulsville Charter Middle School926 East McLemore Avenue, Memphis 381066th-8th
Star Academy3260 James Road, Memphis 38128K-5th
Veritas College Preparatory Charter School690 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis 381266th-8th