GRAD Academy Memphis

What is the goal of GRAD Academy Memphis?

GRAD Academy Memphis is part of the Achievement School District (ASD) of Tennessee, an innovative statewide district that works to move the bottom five percent of schools in Tennessee to the top twenty-five within five years.  GRAD Academy will be fully aligned with Tennessee and national Common Core Standards.

GRAD Academy will begin the 2013-2014 school year with a 9th grade class, adding  a grade each year until it becomes a full 9-12 high school in 2016-2017.  It will prepare students for post‐secondary success by implementing the proven college readiness strategies of Project GRAD USA which have since the early 1990s been executed in more than 40 high schools and prepared more than 16,000 students in high needs areas to graduate from high school within four years and enter college and other post‐secondary programs.

The New Tech Network model, which provides GRAD Academy with a platform for a project based learning high school, was first developed in California in 1999 and has since grown to over 100 high schools internationally. Data show that when the model is implemented with integrity, New Tech Students

  • graduate high school at a rate 6% greater than the national average
  • annual graduation rate of 95% for aggregated high school class
  • four-year cohort graduation rate of 85%
  • enroll in college at a rate 9% greater than the national average
  • persist in 4-year colleges at a rate 17% greater than the national average and in 2-year colleges at a rate 46% greater than the national average
  • grow 75% more in higher order thinking skills between freshman and senior years than comparison groups.grow 75% more in higher order thinking skills between freshman and senior years than comparison groups

Where is GRAD Academy Memphis located?

GRAD Academy Memphis is located on the South-side campus at 1880 Prospect.

How can I reach GRAD Academy Memphis?

You can reach GRAD Academy Memphis by telephone at (901)-206-8848, online at memphis.gradacademy.org, or in person by visiting us on campus.

When does the school year start?

August 10, 2015

What are the classroom hours?

8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.

What is the school dress code?

Students are required to wear school uniforms.

School uniforms can be purchased online here or at:

Cole’s Screen Printing

7255 Winchester Road


What is enrollment at GRAD Academy Memphis?

In its first year, GRAD Academy Memphis will have 180 9th grade students. To enroll, download and complete our enrollment form. Email completed forms to enroll@gradacademymemphis.org or return forms directly to us in the main office of our South-side campus.

How do I know if I am eligible to be recruited?

Students attending ASD-zoned schools are eligible to attend GRAD Academy Memphis. GRAD Academy may also enroll up to 25% of its student population from non-ASD schools including all SCS schools.

What is the theme of GRAD Academy Memphis?

GRAD Academy Memphis is designed on a computer‐integrated, project‐based learning model, with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curricular focus, complemented by an aggressive focus on closing skill and achievement gaps, especially in literacy and mathematics. Students work in teams and focus on real-world problems.

How does GRAD Academy Memphis focus on technology?

At GRAD Academy Memphis, there is a 1:1 student to networked computer ratio in all classrooms. Student direction and feedback are given through online learning systems, as well as online enrichment activities. All students develop full ease with current technology, and teacher have full access to real-time data to help guide instruction.

What is students transportation like?

Bus transportation will be similar to MCS guidelines.

Here are the updated 2014- 2015 Bus Routes.

Meal Service

GRAD Academy will provide healthy meals and snacks for students.

Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program

What is the Freedom Schools Summer Program?

GRAD Academy will use the CDF Freedom Schools program to promote literacy and civic engagement.  The program will provide rigorous summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem, and generate more positive attitudes toward learning. Children will be taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. In addition to the nationally-recognized Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC), the children will engage in daily activities of arts and crafts, sports, music, drama, special projects and weekly field trips.  Classroom sizes will be kept small with a maximum 10:1 child-to-intern ratio. GRAD Academy will use the CDF intergenerational model of employing college students as Servant Leader Interns to teach the curriculum.

What are the dates for the Freedom Schools Summer Program?

The GRAD Academy Memphis Freedom Schools program will begin on June 15, 2015 and run until July 24th, 2015.

What are the program’s classroom hours?

Classroom hours are 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. Each day students will be provided breakfast, lunch, and snack.

Who can enroll in the Summer Program?

The CDF Freedom Schools program will serve the first 80 rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who enroll in GRAD Academy Memphis. There is no cost to participants. To enroll, contact enroll@gradacademymemphis.org.