GRAD Academy Memphis, a new-start transformation high school recently authorized by the Tennessee Achievement School District is now enrolling ninth graders for the new 2013-14 school year.
GRAD stands for Graduation Really Achieves Dreams.
School leaders plan to increase academic achievement, high school graduation, and college attainment and persistence rates among students who live in South Memphis.
"Our mission is to provide students from the ASD representing currently those schools that are in bottom 5 percent of schools performing in the state," said Dr. Daryl Ogden, CEO of Project GRAD USA. "Our mission is to provide those students with a quality 21st Century education to prepare them for college and success and to inspire them to be engaged participants in our democracy."
"Our objective at GRAD Academy Memphis is to take our students in the academic performance to the top 10 percent globally and the way we will achieve this, as Daryl started talking about, is our partnership new tech network learning model that were going to use," added Dr. Stephanie Hill, GRAD Academy Memphis Dean of Students.
The model includes extended class time from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., free laptops, real-time access to grades and other information for parents, and the very latest in high tech classes blending subjects like Geometry and digital art.
"The GRAD Academy will take place at the Southside High School campus. GRAD Academy Memphis will start the 2013-14 school year with a ninth grade class of 175 students. The academy will add a grade each year until it becomes a four-year, ninth-12th grade high school in 2016-17.
GRAD Academy is hosting several community enrollment "Rallies for Success" in South Memphis to alert parents. The first rally will be Saturday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1097 S. Wellington St.
If you're among the first 50 students to sign up you get to go to a free summer enrichment program held here at the Southside campus.