Middle Schools

2015 Middle School Winner

New Vision Academy

New Vision Academy is a public charter school in Nashville serving more than 175 students in grades 5-8. Roughly eight in ten students are economically disadvantaged. New Vision has experienced strong gains over the past three years across reading, math, and science. Student scores in science are more than 10 points above the state average.

2015 Middle School Nominees

Grassy Fork School, Cocke County Schools

Grassy Fork School serves roughly 100 students in grades K-8, and about 30 students in grades 6-8, in a very rural area of East Tennessee. Approximately eight in ten students at Grassy Fork are economically disadvantaged. Students at Grassy Fork score more than 20 points above the state average across reading, math, and science.

KIPP Academy Nashville, Metro Nashville Public Schools

KIPP Academy Nashville is a public charter school serving roughly 350 students in grades 5-8. More than 85 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged. KIPP students out perform the state average in reading and have experienced strong growth in math and science over the past three years, where scores are well above state averages.

2014 Middle School Winner

Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School

Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School serves approximately 325 students in Williamson County. Seventeen percent of students are economically disadvantaged. The school posted strong three-year (2012-2014) marks on TVAAS growth: 9.8 in math, 2.3 in reading, and 6.4 in science.

2014 Middle School Nominees

Freedom Preparatory Academy, Shelby County Schools

Freedom Prep Academy is a charter school that serves grades 6-10, with approximately 275 students in grades 6-8, in Memphis. Eighty-six percent of students are economically disadvantaged. The school posted strong three-year (2012-2014) marks on TVAAS growth: 10.2 in math, 5.3 in reading, and 9.7 in science.

KIPP Academy Nashville, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

KIPP Academy Nashville is a charter middle school that serves grades 5-8, with nearly 250 students in grades 6-8, in Nashville. Ninety percent of students are economically disadvantaged. The school posted strong three-year (2012-2014) marks on TVAAS growth: 12.8 in math, 3.2 in reading, and 5.2 in science.

2013 Middle School Winner

Frank P. Brown Elementary

Frank P. Brown Elementary serves approximately 500 students in grades PK-8 in Crossville. Seventy-nine percent of their students are economically disadvantaged. The school posted strong three-year (2011-2013) marks on TVAAS growth: 6.9 in math, 3.3 in reading, and 7.5 in science.

2013 Middle School Nominees

Freedom Preparatory Academy, Memphis City Schools

Freedom Preparatory Academy serves over 250 students in grades 6-9 in Memphis. Seventy-five percent of academy students are economically disadvantaged. The school posted strong three-year (2011-2013) marks on TVAAS growth: 14.7 in math, 6.4 in reading, and 8.4 in science.

Rose Park Math and Science Magnet, Metro Nashville Public Schools

As an open-lottery magnet, Rose Park serves nearly 400 Nashville students in grades 5-8 from all ability levels, not just those already performing at advanced levels. The school posted strong three-year (2011-2013) marks on TVAAS growth: 8.3 in math, 2.3 in reading, and 2.5 in science.

2012 Middle School Winner

Rose Park Math and Science Magnet

A fifth through eighth grade middle school in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Rose Park Math and Science Magnet serves 395 students. The school, which is a non-selective magnet, narrowed the achievement gap between black and white students by 11.4 percentage points in reading and 16.2 percentage points in math between 2010 and 2012 while showing significant growth for all students in those subjects. The school also has a three-year (2010-2012) TVAAS average of 5.7 in math and 2.0 in reading.

2012 Middle School Nominees

Power Center Academy, Memphis

Power Center Academy, a charter school located in Memphis, serves 300 sixth through eighth grade students. Power Center has been able to narrow its achievement gap between economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students by 5.2 percentage points in reading and 15.7 percentage points in math.

South Side Elementary, Henderson County Schools

South Side Elementary serves 300 pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students in Henderson County Schools. Serving a predominately economically disadvantaged rural community, South Side posted a three-year (2010-2012) TVAAS growth average of 6.8 in math, which means the school is helping its students make tremendous gains in that subject.

2011 Middle School Winner

Power Center Academy

Power Center Academy is a charter school located in Memphis, TN and is part of the Memphis City Schools system. Between 2010 and 2011, Power Center Academy narrowed its achievement gap between economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students by 18.66 points on the math TCAP.

2011 Middle School Nominees

Jo Byrns High School, Robertson County Schools

Jo Byrns High School serves students in grades 7 through 12 and is part of the Robertson County School system. The school has a three-year (2009-2011) TVAAS standard t-statistic of 19.12 on math, which means their students are improving 19 times faster than the state average.

South Cumberland Elementary, Cumberland County Schools

South Cumberland Elementary serves students in grades PK through 8 and is part of the Cumberland County School system. The school has a three-year (2009-2011) TVAAS standard t-statistic of 8.84 on math, which means their students are improving nearly 9 times faster than the state average.

All data correct as of the year the schools and districts were identified as SCORE Prize finalists.