Ashley Cowsert - Why I Believe Memphis Academy

“While I spent a few years in the classroom, my passion for athletics led back to the gym. I realized as the push to close the gap, many other crucial parts of development and education were being swept under the rug as not as important – Physical Education being one of them.”

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Jacob Hudson - Why I Believe Memphis Academy

“At MAM I wanted to hear just once that a student loved school and their teachers and that they felt safe. Now, I want to be on the other side of working with kids in our community. I desire to be a part of providing a structured, warm environment full of caring people that want to see scholars have the best education possible and have access to the greatest opportunities available.”

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Dominique Clark - Why I Believe Memphis Academy

I wanted to be the change I desired to see. I wanted to help inform girls, from similar backgrounds like my own, about the endless possibilities before them… I choose Memphis daily because it is my home. I choose Memphis because it needs me. I choose Memphis because it’s in my veins and I have the heart and experience to serve it.

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Testing for Equity

Read about our belief and stance on why testing is necessary as an equity issue. “Although these tests do not measure a person’s innate intelligence, performing well on these exams shows commitment and opens opportunities for entrance, scholarships, and the chance to learn from leaders in their chosen field.”

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The Prelude

We’re finishing the Prelude and entering Chapter 1 of the story of Believe Memphis Academy. The prelude, however, is a story in its own right - without which the rest of the story would not exist.

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Derek Brody - Why I Believe Memphis Academy

Education has been central to my growth for the entirety of my life, and it was apparent that my experience was not one shared by every child across this nation. I decided that a just, equitable society would be one that provided proper access to education for each student, and I wanted to be a part of finding the solution to the harmful tradition of educational inequity in our country.

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Ali Hill - Why I Believe Memphis Academy

I know Believe Memphis Academy is going to be a game changer for students in this city. I want to be apart of that change. By giving more students access to an excellent and rigorous education, we are opening the door for more high school graduates who are prepared to excel in college. It is my hope that these high school graduates will become college graduates who are prepared to make big changes in this world.

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Believe on Local Memphis Live

Danny Song, Founder & Head of School, and Elana Cole, Founding Board Member, are interviewed on Local Memphis Live to discuss Believe, our team, and the work we will do with our amazing scholars and families next year.

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Kacy Coble - Why I Believe Memphis Academy

I stand with Believe Memphis Academy because the school’s mission deeply resonates with me, personally and professionally. This city, my adopted home, is full of brilliant minds and abundant opportunity. We have a responsibility to one another, to the present and the future, to ensure that all our students are given every opportunity to succeed in life, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, zip code, family structure, language, or disability.

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Black History Month Reflections from a Founder

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”’ (Martin Luther King, 1957)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words to a Montgomery, Alabama audience in 1957. Sixty-one years later, I can’t help but to ask the same question of my own life, which always leads me to reflect on how I got here. 

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Greg Spillyards - Why I Believe Memphis Academy…

Memphis is a city full of scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, teachers, social and political change leaders who, if things remain as they are, we may never know.

Seeds of creativity and innovation remain buried in the minds and hearts of children throughout our city, never to sprout and grow as designed. This reality is unacceptable.

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Smaller Cohort of Charter Schools to Open in Memphis in 2018

With charter schools comprising a fourth of Shelby County Schools, district leaders say they’re setting a higher bar for opening new ones in Memphis. The school board approved only three out of 14 applications on Tuesday night, just months after the district overhauled its charter school office to strengthen oversight of the growing sector.

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