KIPP Memphis Academy Middle empowers students with the academic skills, character, and intellect necessary to flourish in high school, college, and beyond, giving them the freedom and ability to enrich the communities and world around them.


KIPP Memphis Academy Middle is rooted in the belief that through high expectations and strong community partnership all scholars will develop the knowledge and skills to thrive in high school, college, and beyond. Students will be empowered to pursue their life’s work with grit and curiosity through a rigorous curriculum that cultivates excellent written and oral communication skills, critical thinking, and real world problem solving. Through a strong focus on character development, students and teachers strive to become kind, socially intelligent, honorable individuals. By integrating foreign language study and service learning experiences, students will become world citizens who are committed to enriching and serving their local and global communities.

Our Approach

Educating the Whole Child

A focus on character has been the cornerstone of KMAM since we began and is still the essence of what we believe: to succeed in college and the world beyond, KIPPsters need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths. They’re deeply interconnected and we never compromise one for the other.

KMAM's character work focuses on the seven strengths that are critical for an engaged, happy, and successful life. Our character framework was developed by educators at KIPP NYC in collaboration with Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Martin Seligman, and the late Dr. Chris Peterson, and in partnership with Riverdale Country School.

Rigorous Curriculum and Instruction

All students will learn and achieve at high levels when given the opportunity. To prepare students with the skills and content knowledge needed to be successful in college and their careers, KMAM teachers deliver high-quality, rigorous curriculum and instruction. By monitoring academic progress, KIPP teachers know what their students need and tailor instruction so every child receives the appropriate level of support and challenge.

We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic excellence and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.


KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools

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KIPP Memphis

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools (KMCS) is part of the KIPP non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools. There are currently over 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating nearly 80,000 students in elementary, middle, and high school. Our schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. As a national network, KIPP has a 20-year track record of helping students in educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need for success in college and life. KIPP Memphis began with one school in 2002; Today, we operate seven schools – three Elementary, three Middle, & one High school educating nearly 3,000 students in North Memphis and South Memphis.

Structure & Support

More Time Learning 

KIPP knows that in school, as in life, reaching big goals takes time and effort. That’s why KIPP schools feature an extended school day and longer calendar year. With this additional time, KIPP schools help students catch up to their peers, acquire essential academic knowledge and skills, and become prepared for college and career choices.

KIPP’s longer day also allows time for children to experience key extracurricular programs such as art, music, and physical education. This not only increases the joy factor of the school day, it also fosters the development of lifelong passions.

Part of Something Bigger

KMCS builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. By providing outstanding educators, more time in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement, KMCS helps all students climb the mountain to and through college.


Victoria Meeks

KIPP Memphis Alum
& Current UPenn Senior




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The Knowledge is Power Program

KIPP is a non-profit network of 209 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.

 KIPP schools are part of a national network of schools that operate with support from the KIPP Foundation. The nonprofit KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools; provides tools, resources and training for excellent teaching and learning; promotes innovation; and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas both within the KIPP network and with partners including other public schools, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher learning.