Established in 2018, Mid-South Gifted Academy offers advanced academics and an accelerated curriculum for gifted and advanced children three years old through 12th grade. In our small-by-design learning environment, MSGA students receive personal attention and a sense of community that is unparalleled. MSGA educators are creative and passionate about the mission of educating future innovators and world changers. They are enthusiastic about the subjects they teach, balancing the highest standards for academic excellence with a commitment to every student’s individualized learning path. Our differentiated Language Arts and Math classes provide children the opportunity to move forward at their own pace as they master content. Within our multi-age studios, MSGA students are able to work up to 4 grade levels above, allowing them to be challenged and supported as they work to develop their potential. MSGA’s curriculum provides engaging ways for students to learn about a variety of subjects including science, history and STEM. Each academic quarter, students complete a project presentation in front of parents and community members to demonstrate their learning.
While our website provides a great overview of our school, the best way to learn about MSGA is to schedule a visit. Our Admissions team is here to answer any questions and help you navigate this process.
Director of Admissions
We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. The priority deadline for applications is January 15. We will continue to accept applications after this date in grades where spaces remain available. Apply Now.
Who Can Apply?
MSGA is a highly personalized independent school for gifted students in Preschool- Grade 12. As the state’s only school for gifted and academically advanced learners, MSGA welcomes high-achieving, motivated students who love to think and learn.
MSGA students are intelligent, curious, creative, imaginative, energetic, independent, passionate, and witty. They are deep thinkers, tinkerers, challengers of the status quo, problem solvers, leaders, and innovators.
Admission to MSGA is selective and is based on a variety of factors including test results, previous school performance and teacher recommendations.
Kindergarten Students must be 5 years of age by September 30.
- $100 application fee
- Copy of an intellectual test report is required for grades 1-12. Applicants must have a qualifying score of “Superior” or “Very Superior” (120 or higher) in at least one test sub-category for admission.
- Copy of final report card from previous year
- Copy of all report cards for current year
- Teacher recommendation
- Student visit
Gifted characteristics form
MSGA will accept intellectual testing administered by a licensed psychologist or approved by a public school system. Recommended tests include but are not limited to the:
- Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI IV )
- Wechler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC V )
- Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (SB5)
- Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities (WJ)
- Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS)
- Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
- Naglieri Nonverbal Test (NNAT)
Children who score in the “Superior” or “Very Superior” (120 or higher) range tend to transition more easily into our curriculum and thrive at MSGA. If you have questions about the required intellectual testing, please call our Admissions Office at 901-850-6695.
2023 - 2024
Student tuition for the 2023-2024 school year is $18,559. Tuition for students in Wonder Studio who attend mornings only (8 AM-12 PM) is $12,991. All fees are built into the tuition and cover enrollment, technology, and general school supplies. Monthly and bi-annual payment plans are available.
We offer needs-based financial aid, utilizing the services of FAST to process financial aid applications. To apply, complete an application here.
Once you have completed the following steps, your child will be considered for admission. Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. During rolling enrollment, families will be notified of an admission decision within two weeks of completing the process. Accepted applicants enroll or decline within two weeks of receipt of the offer. A $750 enrollment deposit (credited toward tuition) is due at the time of enrollment.
Schedule a tour by clicking below or calling (901) 850‑6695.
Submit an application and IQ test results (Grades 1-12). If needed, we offer IQ testing for a fee of $275, or you can seek private testing. The remaining documents will be requested once the application is received.
Schedule a time for your child to visit Mid-South Gifted Academy.
Mid-South Gifted Academy admits qualified students regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, or religion to all rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, or religion in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and school programs.
2022 - 2023
Our tuition for the 2022-2023 school year is $13,850. All fees are built into the tuition and cover enrollment, books and all other supplies, technology, and local field trips. Monthly and bi-annual payment plans are available.