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Featured Video: Klondike Preparatory Academy

The mission of Klondike Preparatory Academy is “Achieving, contributing and serving more for our community and beyond.” Watch this week’s featured video to learn more about the Klondike school community, and visit the school website to learn how you can enroll your student for the 2015-16 school year.

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ICYMI: Promise Academy Video Premiere

This week we’re highlighting Promise Academy, network of schools serving elementary level students in the Hollywood and Spring Hill communities of Memphis. The central work and only work of Promise Academy is to teach and inspire the mind, body and spirit of our children so that they can succeed in any academic or cultural setting. Promise Academy is committed to preparing children to excel in the nation’s most rigorous schools.

Check out the super scholars at Promise Academy-Spring Hill, then visit their website for more information!

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Achievement School District Responds to YES Prep’s Decision to Pull Out of Memphis

YES Prep Public Schools (“YES Prep”), a highly successful public charter operator, applied to and was authorized by the ASD to run schools in Tennessee, matching with Airways Middle School (Memphis) for an August 2015 opening. Within the last 24 hours, the ASD was notified by YES Prep Public Schools of their decision not to open a school in the 2015-16 school year.

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ASD Names Tim Ware Executive Director of Achievement Schools in Frayser

Tim Ware, formerly the Executive Director of New Leaders Memphis and Founder of Memphis’s Veritas College Preparatory Charter School, has been named the new Executive Director of the ASD’s Achievement Schools in Frayser.

“Tim is a visionary, passionate, and humble leader with a strong track record of success and clear commitment to Memphis as an educator,” said ASD superintendent Chris Barbic. “He started his career as a teacher in Frayser, understands the powerful connections between schools and communities, and has the experience and know-how to move our schools to the next level.”

Tim’s work as an educator in Memphis spans nearly a decade. In 2006, Tim taught junior high school history in Frayser and in 2008, he was granted a position in the nationally recognized Building Excellent Schools Fellowship.  In 2010, Tim opened Veritas College Preparatory Charter School.  Veritas College Prep has earned many distinctions, including recognition by the Tennessee Department of Education for being in the top 5% of all schools in the state for student growth.  In July 2013, Tim joined New Leaders, compelled by the opportunity to impact emerging school leaders and ensure more Memphis students have access to a great education.

Over the next few months, Tim will work closely with current Achievement Schools Executive Director Ash Solar to ensure a smooth transition in the summer.

The Achievement Schools, a network of five community schools serving over 1,700 students in Frayser, are run by the Achievement School District.  The Achievement Schools are committed to ensuring every child in Frayser can attend an excellent neighborhood school. For more information, visit


Tim Ware Biography

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Leaders of the New Schools: Tom McPherson, Memphis Scholars Florida-Kansas

In our second installment of ‘Leaders of the New Schools’, meet Tom McPherson of Memphis Scholars Florida-Kansas (Scholar Academies) in South Memphis.

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Leaders of the New Schools: Shawn Jackson, Neely’s Bend College Prep

In our new blog series, ‘Leaders of the New Schools’, we invite you to get to know the men and women leading the charge in their school’s inaugural year with the Achievement School District. Today, we spotlight Shawn Jackson of Neely’s Bend College Prep (LEAD Public Schools) in Nashville.

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ASD Charter Authorization RFP Launches Today

The Achievement School District is pleased to release two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) today as part of our fifth charter authorization cycle. These RFPs are the result of months of analysis of both schools on the Tennessee Priority list and the capacity of our current charter partners to expand and grow.

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Hot off the presses: The February issue of All Around the ASD is here!

Check out what’s happening in our schools and across the communities we serve in this month’s All Around the ASD. You won’t want to miss the new Green Dot video featuring the students of Fairley High!

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2015 All Call for Charter Evaluators

Running a high quality school is not easy, and doing so in a turnaround environment is often even more difficult. It takes a strong plan, and the capacity and commitment to execute that plan each and every day, to create and sustain a supportive and rigorous academic environment for all students. It is for this reason that charter authorization is a core component of our work, including the selection of the charter evaluation team members who are responsible for objectively vetting applicants and providing recommendations to the ASD on approval or denial of each charter proposal. We expect members of our authorization team to bring with them a wealth of experience in curriculum and instruction, school operations, finance, and the communities being served, as well as the ability to evaluate the capacity of each potential charter applicant to execute their plan and make a difference for Tennessee students.

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(Video) ASD Second Year Results Premiere

We’re excited to premiere our latest video highlighting the Achievement School District’s progress in our second year. The 2013-14 school year was a big one for the ASD. The district grew from six to 17 schools, with 2/3 of the schools operating in their first year. Our students out-gained their peers across the state in reading and math, and ASD high schools averaged over 20 point gains.

Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below. Remember to Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to All Around the ASD, our monthly newsletter.


ASD Fact Sheet (538 KB)

ASD Second Year Results Report (956 KB)

All Around the ASD–January 2015

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