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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Administrators with the Achievement School District said nine Shelby County Schools are eligible to join their school district for the 2014-15 school year.

Eight of the nine schools eligible will become part of the ASD, meaning the schools will be run by local and national charters next school year. The move is part of an effort to take the Tennessee's lowest performing schools and turn them into some of the best.

ASD has been given the assignment to help the bottom five person of Tennessee schools move into the state's top 25 percent.

At the elementary level: Coleman, Denver, Springhill and Westwood will become part of the ASD, as will South Side Middle and Wooddale middle schools.  

"What we want to do over the next three months is to ask parents, community members, and community leaders and teachers, administrators what's important to them in their school community," said Malika Anderson, Chief Portfolio Officer for ASD.

Three SCS high schools are eligible to join the ASD are Carver, Fairley and Frayser. However, only two of the three high schools will actually be selected, which will also be based on community feedback.

The decision will be announced in December.

Achievement School District meetings will take place Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17.

Monday, 5:30-7 p.m.: Coleman Elementary, South Side Middle, and Carver High; Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m.:  Denver Elementary, Wooddale Middle, Westwood Elementary.

"The community buy-in allows all the other pieces to fit in place," said Bobby White, CEO of Frayser Community Schools, which will be running one of high schools.

White said for the Achievement district to work, success starts with community support and support at home.

"We are all in this together," he said. "We're going to need the parents to work with us very closely."

Fifteen Memphis-area schools are already part of the Achievement School District, which wrapped up its first school year in 2012-13. School leaders have deemed the Achievement district a success.

"Year One went very well in terms of science and math," Anderson said. "We almost tripled the state growth in science.  We exceeded the state's growth in math and in reading. We have a ways to go."

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