Achievement School District claims six more MCS schools

Achievement School District claims six more MCS schools

(WMC-TV) - Six more Memphis City Schools have been selected into the statewide Achievement School District.

"We are absolutely committed to providing a first class education to every kid in Memphis," said Achievement School District Superintendent Chris Barbic. "The kids of schools that we're going to be working in next year are immediately going to see a better quality of education and one that is going to be prepare them for college and life beyond."

The schools that will be joining the Achievement School District next year are Whitney Elementary School, Georgian Hills Elementary School in Frayser, Hanley Elementary School in Orange Mound, Klondike Elementary School, Shannon Elementary School, and Corry Middle School.

According to district leaders, even more schools in Memphis could follow.

"There are so many schools there are 68 schools in Memphis that are on the priority list that need immediate support," said Malika Anderson, Achievement School District.

In other words, 68 of the 85 schools that are in the bottom 5 percent statewide are in Memphis and the Achievement School District can move into any school that is in the bottom 5 percent in standardize testing.

The district says need, potential for impact, and community input were the reasons they were chosen.

"There will be follow up conversations to continue to get input with things they would like to see in school this upcoming year so we'll be creating opportunities throughout the rest of the school year for parents to engage," said Barbic.

The statewide district is hopeful it can turn around schools and education in areas that need it.

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