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.