Greater Memphis Education and Schools

Creating the Educational Foundation for a GREATER Memphis

The Greater Memphis area has 18 public school districts, more than 100 private schools, and more than 250,000 students.

Our schools annually attract national recognition and honors for the innovative programs and academic excellence provided to students of all ages.

Seeing the GREATER Picture

Aligning our education system with the workforce needs of employers is one of the goals of our Prosper Memphis 2030 strategic plan.


Pre-Kindergarten and Childcare

Through state legislation and dedicated local efforts, Pre-K options improve every year. The Tennessee Pre-K Quality Act became effective in the 2016-17 school year and makes Pre-K accessible to all Tennessee four-year-olds, with an emphasis on at-risk students and high-priority communities.

It also makes programs more rigorous and better prepares students to enter elementary school. As Greater Memphis youth continue to gain access to high-quality early childhood education, their chances of success through college and the workforce increase.

Visit Pre-K resources through Memphis-Shelby County Schools.

K-12 Public Schools


Memphis-Shelby County Schools – Optional Schools: The optional program gives parents choices in selecting a public education that can best fit their children’s talents and abilities.

Achievement School District (ASD): ASD is a statewide program aimed at catapulting the least-performing schools in Tennessee to the top 25% in the state over a five-year period. Learn more.

Charter Schools: Charter schools are independent public schools of choice. They control their own budget, curriculum, and staffing. Learn more about area charter schools.

There are more than 55 private and parochial schools in the Memphis area with a combined enrollment of nearly 11,000 students, covering pre-school through high school education. Learn more at Memphis Association of Independent Schools.

View private schools in Chamber membership

The Tennessee Home School Law (Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-6-3050) gives parents the option to educate their children at home using three methods: independent, church-related, or state-approved and accredited online programs. Learn more at the Memphis-area Home Education Association.

Greater Memphis is home to many highly regarded higher-education institutions, including:


The UofM Fogelman College of Business:

Ranks #42 out of 328 in Best Online MBA Programs

The University of Memphis:

The UofM ranks in the top 50 for online degree programs

Rhodes College:

Rhodes College is #55 in National Liberal Arts Colleges

Christian Brothers University:

Christian Brothers University is #18 of 138 Best Regional Universities in South

In Greater Memphis, 62,000 students are enrolled in four-year and community colleges. Explore the region’s colleges, universities, and vocational schools.