University of Memphis will operate its own school district. An inside look at its plans

For years, the University of Memphis has received praise for the success of its precollege school system, University Schools.

In the 2022-23 academic year, University Schools had the highest overall pass rate of any school system in the state, despite not having any academic requirements for admission. And Campus School, University Middle, and University High – its elementary, middle, and high schools – earned “A” letter grades from the Tennessee Department of Education.

University Schools, however, does have an issue. It hasn’t been able to accommodate high levels of demand from families who want to enroll their children in the system, as it has a contract with Memphis-Shelby County Schools with enrollment limits. Currently, University Schools serves 1,247 students, from infants through 11th graders.

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