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-3rd
Aspire Coleman Elementary School*3210 Raleigh-Millington Road, Memphis 38128PK-5th
Aspire Hanley Elementary School 2*680 Hanley Street, Memphis 38114PK-6th
Aspire Hanley Elementary School 1*680 Hanley Street, Memphis 38114PK-6th
Aurora Collegiate Academy Inc.3804 Given Avenue, Memphis 38122K-3rd
Circle of Success Learning Academy867 South Parkway E, Memphis 38106K-5th
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
City University School of Independence1475 East Shelby Drive, Memphis 381169th-12th
Cornerstone Prep- Lester Campus*320 Carpenter Street, Memphis 38112PK-5th
Fairley High School*4950 Fairley Rd.
Memphis, TN 38109
Freedom Preparatory Academy5132 Jonetta Street, Memphis 381096th-10th
Freedom Preparatory Academy - Westwood*778 Parkrose Memphis TN 38109K-1st
Grad Academy Memphis*1880 Prospect Street
Memphis, TN 38106
Humes Preparatory Academy*659 North Manassas Street, Memphis 381076th-8th
KIPP Memphis Academy Elementary*2248 Shannon Avenue, Memphis 38108K-1st
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Elementary School 230 Henry Avenue, Memphis 38107K-2nd
KIPP Memphis University Middle School*3966 Sewanee Road
Memphis, TN 38109
KIPP Memphis Preparatory Memphis*2230 Corry Road, Memphis 381065th-6th
KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School2110 Howell Avenue, Memphis 381075th-7th
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle School230 Henry Avenue, Memphis 381076th-8th
KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School2110 Howell Avenue, Memphis 381079th-12th
Lester Prep*320 Carpenter Street Memphis, TN 381126th
Klondike Preparatory Academy*1250 Vollintine Road, Memphis 38107K-5th
Memphis Academy of Health Sciences Middle School3925 Chelsea Avenue Exd, Memphis 381086th-8th
Memphis Academy of Health Sciences (MAHS)3925 Chelsea Avenue Exd, Memphis 381089th-12th
Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering20 Dudley Street, Memphis 381036th-12th
Memphis Business Academy Elementary School2450 Frayser Blvd, Memphis 38127K-5th
Memphis Business Academy Middle School3306 Overton Crossing, Memphis 381276th-8th
Memphis Business Academy High School3306 Overton Crossing, Memphis 381279th-12th
Memphis College Preparatory Elementary School278 Greenlaw Avenue, Memphis 38105K-3rd
Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory168 Jefferson Street, Memphis 381036th-8th
Memphis Rise Academy2248 Shannon Avenue, Memphis 38108Currently serving 6th grade, growing to 6-12
MLK Prep*1530 Dellwood Avenue
Memphis, TN 38127
Memphis School of Excellence4450 South Mendenhall Road, Memphis 381416th-11th
New Consortium of Law and Business6165 Stage Rd Bartlett TN 381346th-12th
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 Education*3156 North Thomas Street, Memphis 381277th-12th
Pathways in Education - Whitehaven*4701 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Power Center Academy Middle School6120 Winchester Road, Memphis 381156th-8th
Power Center Academy High School6384 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 381199th-12th
Promise Academy - Spring Hill*3796 Frayser Raleigh Road Memphis, TN 38128PK-1
Promise Academy1346 Bryan Street, Memphis 38108K-5th
Soulsville Charter School926 East McLemore Avenue, Memphis 381066th-12th
Southern Avenue Charter Elementary School2221 Democrat Road, MemphisK-5th
Southern Avenue Charter Middle School2185 Democrat Road, Memphis 6th-8th
Star Academy3260 James Road, Memphis 38128K-5th
Veritas College Preparatory Charter School690 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis 381266th-8th
Vision Prep260 Joubert Ave. Memphis, TN 38109(K-5) starts with K&1
W.E.B. DuBois Charter Schools Consortium111 South Highland # 189, Memphis 38111see website
*Denotes ASD charter. Students zoned to state Priority schools are eligible to attend an ASD charter.