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OUR Mission

Through rigorous academics, high-quality instruction, and character development

Memphis Merit Academy Charter School

educates students in kindergarten through eighth grade for success in high school, college, and life. 


OUR Growth 

Seamless elementary and middle education

Memphis Merit Academy opened its doors to 120 kindergarten and first-grade students in the fall of 2019. We plan to add one grade level each year thereafter until full scale in 2027.  We welcome students across the city of Memphis to enroll in our school as a public school. 


This slow growth model was selected for our school based on the observed results of other successful charter schools across the nation. Slow growth allows our school continued high-quality growth from day one. Memphis Merit Academy will grow from serving 120 kindergarten students to serving 540 K-8 students. 

OUR Beliefs

Memphis Merit Academy is absolutely a college preparatory environment supporting students to problem solve and think critically about the world around them. Our team works tirelessly to accomplish our urgent and deserving mission for all students. Memphis Merit has adopted the following core beliefs based on the proven practices of other successful charters across the nation: 

  • College begins in kindergarten. 

  • Literacy is the foundation of all learning. 

  • High-quality instruction yields high-quality results. 

  • Intentional decision-making drives academic performance. 

  • A core values-based community promotes character development.  

On August 21, 2018, Memphis Merit Academy Charter School was approved by the Shelby County Schools Board for authorization and opened in the fall of 2019 in Memphis, TN. 


Memphis Merit Academy's Founding Team successfully completed the application review process for Shelby County Schools Board Authorizer. Memphis Merit's Founder, Lakenna Booker, was a 2017-2018 Fellow with BES, a highly selective national non-profit organization committed to impacting the academic results of underserved students. 




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