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As We Commence: 5 Reasons to Salute the Class of 2015

It’s the last day of school for most ASD campuses, and we’re highlighting some of our year-end promotional and graduation ceremonies. So before you kick off summer vacation, here are five reasons to salute the Class of 2015.

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Great Leadership Makes Co-Location Work at Neely’s Bend

Two school leaders show what happens when educators put turf battles aside in the best interest of kids.

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8 Groups Submit Proposals to Operate New Schools with the ASD

Eight public charter school operators submitted proposals to operate one or more schools in Memphis and Nashville as part of the ASD’s latest authorization cycle. These proposals represent a variety of new and experienced operators proposing a range of school types.

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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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