Mid-South Gifted Academy is an independent school for gifted learners in Preschool through Grade 12.

Our Story

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MSGA was established in 2018 by a team of educators and parents who recognized the need for a full-time school for gifted learners in the Memphis metropolitan area. With a mission to educate and develop future innovators and world changers, MSGA provides a dynamic, strengths-based program for students from Preschool through Grade 12.

We welcomed our founding families in August 2018, beginning with 17 students, and have experienced steady growth over the past six years, adding a grade level each year to accommodate our oldest students.

In March 2019, we purchased the building at 121 E. South St., now home to our lower school, MSGA Discovery School, serving students from Preschool through Grade 4. Our upper school building, MSGA School of Innovation & Design was built across the street for our middle and high school students, and it opened in October of 2023.

We are proud to announce that we graduated our first student in May 2024. Sixteen-year-old trailblazer, Hannah Morris, determined to graduate early, worked tirelessly with the support of MSGA’s outstanding college advisor to achieve her goal. We are thrilled to share that she received a 100% acceptance rate and $219,800 in merit scholarship offers.


Developing Innovators & World Changers

Our Mission

The mission of Mid-South Gifted Academy is to develop innovators and world changers by creating opportunities for children to discover and use their gifts, talents, and passions.

Dynamic, Joyful, & Challenging

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a dynamic, joyful, and challenging school experience for gifted and academically advanced learners that honors individual strengths and abilities, prioritizes strong relationships, and equips students to fully develop their potential. 

Our Core Values

Who We Are

Our Beliefs

School should be a place where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking are nurtured daily.

Our students flourish in a joyful learning environment that fosters a sense of belonging, purpose, and fun.

Gifted learners thrive when empowered to follow their curiosities, pursue passions, and accelerate in areas of strength.

Our students’ abilities to create and innovate will positively impact their future and the world.​

Our Academic Focus

The academic focus of Mid-South Gifted Academy is the incorporation of standard school subjects (language arts, reading, mathematics, science and social studies) into personalized and project-based learning opportunities. Methods such as Reading, Writing, and Math Workshops, student blogging, personal goal-setting, Academic Choice, and Socratic discussions reinforce key concepts and allow for demonstration of mastery. With support from guides (teachers), our students also use the latest adaptive technologies for personalized learning at their own pace.

At MSGA, we believe learning should be active, relevant, and transferable. We strive to create a learning environment where kids have an abundance of time for reading, writing, researching, thinking, questioning, exploring, goal-setting, reflecting, designing, creating, drawing, painting, building, experimenting, wondering, collaborating, discussing, presenting, playing, coding, problem-solving, and persevering.

Utilizing the concept of Journeys and Explorations, students work on specific projects in 3 to 6 week blocks. Projects ask students to solve real-world problems incorporating aspects of past and future innovations and discoveries to help students understand that solutions happen within a social framework based on society’s needs. Each academic quarter, students complete a project presentation in front of parents and community members to demonstrate their learning. The project-based curriculum follows a historical progression of innovation and discovery beginning in the ancient world all the way to the modern world.

Students choose from a variety of methods during each project to fit their academic needs. Projects also involve community leaders, innovators, scientists, and real-world practitioners where appropriate. This reinforces the need for discovery and how it applies in solving problems in people’s daily lives.

Mid-South Gifted Academy uses an evidence-based approach to education called Responsive Classroom that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning.