The Youth Advocacy Program supports and advocates for teen parents, ensuring their comprehension needs are met while attending Memphis-Shelby County Schools. Our infrastructure of community resources and strong school wide partnerships enables MSCS to successfully increase teen parent graduation rates while promoting secondary educational goals.
Learn more about the Youth Advocacy Program.

The Success School Intervention Model is an award winning and nationally recognized educational alternative to the traditional school. Success Schools serve a dual purpose by serving students who are experiencing academic as well as behavioral challenges in the traditional school setting. Success Schools focus on educating the whole child by providing smaller non-punitive learning communities; creating schools within schools. We believe every child is a diamond in the making.


  • Pupil/Teacher Ratio is 15:1
  • Emphasis on Academic Achievement and Differentiated Instruction
  • Emphasis on Satisfactory Student Attendance
  • Individualized Student Success Plan
  • Alternative Education Specialists with complete Mental Health Team

Prep Academies offers innovative, rich, rigorous and engaging programs designed to address the individual academic and developmental needs of students. Prep schools offer an extended-day and block schedule that allows high schools students to earn more credits than traditional students as well as more contact time for improved academic achievement.

Attending our prep academies is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to accomplish their dreams of earning a high school diploma. Shelby County Prep students will dramatically increase their chances of graduating, which will allow them to enter post secondary institutions or transition into the workforce and immediately contribute to the global economy. We offer service learning and real-world learning experiences to help students understand their role in the community.

Our instructional program includes on-line courses, internships for credit, dual enrollment, mini-courses, and comprehensive exams for credit. In addition, there are opportunities for students to supplement their studies with technical courses that prepare them for entering the work force after graduation.

Choice Schools are smaller and unique learning environments which allow parents to choose the best educational setting for their child’s academic and social needs.

Who attends the Student Transition Center Program? Memphis-Shelby County School students in grades 6-12 who are discharged from the following Juvenile Justice Facilities and preparing for school reenrollment:

  • DCS Correctional Facilities/Level 4 Residential Facilities
  • Shelby County Juvenile Court Youth Services Bureau

Transition Support Staff

  • Site Administrator
  • Licensed/Certified Teachers
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Professional Guidance Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • School Social Worker

Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) will implement Project STAND (Student Transition Acceleration and NCRC [National Career Readiness Certificate] Demonstration) to serve students enrolled in Hope Academy, the MSCS program operating within the Memphis Juvenile Court’s detention center. In addition, MSCS will provide more intensive services to an annual cohort of 40 youth ages 16-17. Students will participate in a behavior-support program beginning at Hope Academy and continuing at George Washing Carver College and Career Academy. MSCS intends to serve an estimated 600 students over a three-year period.

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