Mid-South Gifted Academy is an independent school for gifted learners in Preschool through Grade 12.
MSGA was established in 2018 by a team of educators and parents of gifted learners who saw a need in the community to create a school specifically designed to address their academic and creative abilities. With the mission of educating and developing future innovators and world changers, MSGA provides students in Preschool through Grade 12 with a challenging, mastery-based program and opportunities for acceleration in areas of strength. We welcomed our founding families in August of 2018 and have had steady growth over the last four years, adding one grade level each year to grow with our oldest students. Our Upper School building is scheduled to open in August of 2023.
Developing Innovators & World Changers
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 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 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.