If you build it, they will come.

One of my favorite movies when I was a kid was Field of Dreams (1989).  If you haven’t seen it, the basis is a bunch of baseball ghosts start appearing in Kevin Costner’s corn field.  In order to find answers to the obvious question of why are there baseball ghosts in the corn field, he goes on an adventure to seek out … Read More

Two different, innovative ideas for early postsecondary opportunities

In the past week, two interesting ideas for early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) have come across my desk.  The first is out of Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a new graduation requirement for students in Chicago Public Schools: starting with members of the class of 2020, all graduates must submit a plan for postsecondary success.  This includes a … Read More

2017 Summer Programming List

It’s summertime, and the livin’ (or at least finding something for your kiddo to do) is easy. Whether you’re looking for credit recovery, tech skills, regular field trips and swimming, or anything in between, you’ll probably find it on our list, which will be updated as more information comes in. Please email us (hello@memphisschoolguide.org) if you have any questions, or if … Read More

The Scoop on East High’s New T-STEM Optional Program

Starting in Fall 2017, incoming East High students will be enrolled in the Transportation-STEM (T-STEM) Optional program, a joint effort between Shelby County Schools, the University of Memphis, and numerous community partners to prepare a new generation for work in a rapidly-growing sector.  On Wednesday, January 18, SCS hosted an Open House to showcase the new program.  School and program … Read More

Beware of 2016 Test Scores

Remember back in the spring when the state’s new standardized testing program — TNReady — went down in flames? While my elementary-aged kids celebrated not having to go all ten rounds with TNReady, what that means now is that Memphis School Guide is a little short on good school data for you. Oh, there’s some data. But it’s not that … Read More

School Spotlight: Bruce Elementary

Tucked away behind the large Bellevue Middle building at the edge of Central Gardens, Bruce Elementary bills itself as the “hidden gem of Midtown.” With an energetic, young principal, Archie Moss, Jr., in his first year at the helm of the school, the school seems well-poised to grow both the size of the school and the achievement level of its … Read More


Chances are, if you walked into most high schools today, what you would find would feel pretty similar to what you, your parents, and even your grandparents experienced….isolated classes, a bell-driven schedule and students working out of static textbooks. Meanwhile, the world around schools is screaming into the future and students graduating into that world will be expected to know how to use … Read More

Charters Aren’t the Problem

In this morning’s paper, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is quoted as saying, “Look at our enrollment — we’re projected to lose about $100 million over the next five years. So you take that and you look at the charter sector and you think about the number of charters that don’t do very well, and there’s a strong case … Read More

Meet the Charters…Old and New

You can meet leaders from Memphis Delta Prep and representatives from more than sixty other local charter schools at the Charter School Enrollment Fair this Saturday, March 12, 10 am – 2 pm, at the Cook Convention Center.  Memphis Delta Prep The first thing Mike McKenna tells me as we start the tour of Memphis Delta Prep, a new elementary charter … Read More

Free Pre-K!

So you want to send your kid to preschool. Good call! Preschool, also called Pre-K, is a great way to help your child prepare for kindergarten, not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well. While state law provides for free, public school for students in kindergarten (age 5) through 12th grade, the same is not true for preschool. Most … Read More