We understand the challenge that parents of gifted children face in a traditional public or private school, knowing their child’s potential, yet recognizing the limits in place. Gifted learners typically know 50-90% of grade level material on the first day of school, and they spend much of their school day waiting to learn.
School should be a place where ALL children experience joy, purpose, and the opportunity to learn.
Mid-South Gifted Academy’s team of experienced educators understand the educational needs of gifted learners, and our school is designed to meet them.
- A private school
- Committed to partnering with families to develop individualized learning goals that allow for acceleration and enrichment
- Focused on engaging, integrated, project-based learning that develops creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and innovation
- Academically gifted learners in grades K-8, adding a grade level each year to grow with our oldest students through high school
Mid-South Gifted Academy is thrilled to announce the purchase of 121 E. South St., our permanent home in the heart of Collierville’s historic district. Our school is located next to Suggs Park and is just a 5 minute walk to Historic Town Square.
Our students work in multi-age studios (classrooms). While there is flexibility in placement, we use the following general guidelines.
Wonder Studio – (K and 1)
Discovery Studio – (Grades 2-4)
Innovation Studio – (Grades 5-8)
We believe that children are incredible and are capable of changing the world with their unique gifts, talents, and passions. They need time to explore their interests, adults who believe in them, and the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace in an environment that celebrates curiosity, creativity, and risk taking.
MSGA students are highly motivated to learn and are excited about personalized and accelerated opportunities. They take ownership of their learning by setting goals and working at their own pace to achieve them.
What Parents Are Saying About MSGA:
“Since being a part of the community of learners at Mid-South Gifted Academy, our 7-year-old son has experienced tremendous personal and academic growth. MSGA allows and encourages development and exploration of his own interests, as well as collaboration with students across a broad age range. Diving into school projects/journeys with classmates teaches him how he is an integral part of a community. This school allows students the freedom to learn and explore without artificial limits due to grade level standards or teaching to satisfy a test requirement, which is something we were unable to find within the traditional school model. Our son loves school, is excited for each day, and enjoys being a part of something that is truly special at MSGA. With caring, compassionate, and committed adults guiding the way, MSGA students are headed toward a bright, well-rounded, beautiful future that our family is excited and honored to be a part of!”
-Beth and Rich S.
“I cannot say enough great things about Mid-South Gifted Academy and the positive effect it has had on my daughter. At last there is an alternative to the “one size fits all” education offered in traditional schools. Daily interaction with students of all ages, Socratic discussions, personalized curriculum, low student/teacher ratios, and a nurturing environment exist at Mid-South Gifted Academy. It is apparent that the dedication and commitment shown by all in this exceptional and unique environment is destined to ensure both academic success and the emotional and social growth of each student”
Read more parent testimonials here.
We are excited to launch our Wonder Studio (K/1) for the 2019-2020 school year! To inquire about this unique opportunity for your child, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
What are characteristics of gifted children?
- Above-average general intellectual ability
- Ability to process and learn information quickly
- Ability to see connections, relationships, and multiple perspectives
- Ability to understand abstract and complex concepts
- Extensive and detailed memory
- Often have an intense love of reading
- Advanced vocabulary and communication skills
- Curiosity in many areas
- Can sometimes struggle with perfectionism or anxiety
Why do gifted learners need a specialized learning environment?
Gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those typically provided by the regular education program. In a traditional setting, the pace and challenge level of the content are determined by the grade level standards to be covered, rather than matched to the readiness level of the learners. For gifted learners, this often equates to busy work and boredom and does not allow them the opportunity to reach their full potential.
How do you know this works?
We have multiple systems in place to monitor student achievement and growth. MSGA students are excelling in all academic areas and progressing rapidly through grade levels. On our most recent nationally norm-referenced assessment, our students scored an average of 2.5 grade levels above their current level, and several earned grade equivalency scores of 13+ (end of high school).
Do you offer special services or behavioral support for students with special needs?
We do not offer special services for students with learning disabilities or behavioral challenges. The type of learner who excels at MSGA has great behavior and is highly motivated by and excited for enriched and accelerated learning opportunities. We will determine our ability to serve students on an individual basis.
What are tuition costs for the 2019-2020 school year?
Our tuition is $12,800. All fees are built into the tuition and cover enrollment, materials, technology, and local field trips.
What is the admission process?
Step 1: Schedule a tour by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (901) 850-6695.
Step 2: Submit an application and IQ test results here. If needed, we offer IQ testing for a fee of $220, or you can seek private testing.
Step 3: Schedule a time for your child to visit MSGA.
If you are interested in participating in our Extended Open House option, please be sure to select that option on the application. Extended Open House is an opportunity for your child to attend MSGA for one month for a fee of $1500 with no obligation to continue attendance past that month. If you decide to continue your child’s attendance at MSGA, the $1500 fee will be credited toward your annual tuition cost. The Extended Open House option allows you and your child to decide if MSGA is a good fit.
Please visit our Admission page for more information.