about us

Memphis College Prep is an elementary public charter school where the path to college begins in kindergarten. 



Our mission is to prepare students in kindergarten through fifth grade with the academic and ethical character foundation necessary to excel in school and in life. Our classrooms are named after college's because that's where our students are headed. 

Through a rigorous, achievement-focused curriculum and character development, Memphis College Prep students are prepared to enter and succeed in the most demanding college preparatory middle and high schools. 

Only 1 in 10 students from low-income communities will graduate from college, and in Memphis less than 1 in 4 adults have a college degree. At Memphis College Prep, we believe that all children deserve the opportunity to be prepared to succeed academically in college. This success should not be predicated on receiving a private school education, nor should it be limited to public schools within affluent neighborhoods. Students who are not at least modestly proficient readers by third grade are unlikely to even graduate from high school, and vocabulary size at the end of first grade predicts reading comprehension 10 years later. At Memphis College Prep, our mission is simple: college graduation for all students. We understand the importance of a strong start and believe that it is incumbent upon us to provide an education that prepares our students for nothing less. Our goal is to fundamentally prevent the achievement gap.

Memphis College Prep is a member of the Excellent Schools Network (ESN), a select group of schools that have demonstrated strong academic results, sound organizational practices, and the genuine ability to close the achievement gap in their communities. Because of their outstanding academic and organizational performance, these schools have been chosen for further investment and support from Building Excellent Schools.