Admission

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Mid-South Gifted Academy was established in 2018 to provide personalized, advanced academics and an accelerated curriculum for gifted and advanced children aged three to 12th grade. Our school offers a small-by-design learning environment that provides personalized attention to our students and an unparalleled sense of community. Our educators are passionate about teaching gifted learners, and they are committed to helping our students develop their potential. We have high standards of academic excellence and provide individualized learning paths for each student. Our differentiated Language Arts and Math classes allow children to move forward at their own pace as they master content. MSGA’s multi-age studios allow students to work up to four grade levels above their own, providing both challenge and support as they set and achieve ambitious goals. Our curriculum offers engaging ways for students to learn about various subjects, including science, history, and STEM.

While our website provides an excellent overview of our school, scheduling a tour is the best way to learn about MSGA. Our Admissions team is here to answer any questions and help you navigate this process.

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2024-2025

We have entered into our Rolling Admissions period. Applications will be accepted and reviewed in the order they are received, as long as space remains available. 

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Application

Who Can Apply?

MSGA is a highly personalized school for gifted students in Preschool- Grade 12. As the state’s only school for gifted and academically advanced learners, MSGA welcomes students who love to think, question, learn, and create!

Admission to MSGA is selective and is based on a variety of factors, but the most important factor is overall fit for the program. 

While MSGA students make up a diverse group, they share many of the following traits. They are intelligent, precocious, curious, creative, imaginative, energetic, independent, passionate, and witty. They are deep thinkers, tinkerers, challengers of the status quo, and problem solvers. 

Application Requirements

  • $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
  • Student visit
  • Gifted characteristics form

Testing Information:

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.

2024 - 2025

Tuition

Student tuition for the 2024-2025 school year is $19,487. Tuition for students in Wonder Studio who attend mornings only (8 AM-12 PM) is $13,642. Fees for technology and general school supplies are built into the tuition. 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.

Admission Process

Once you have completed the following steps, your child will be considered for admission. Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis in the order they are received. During our Rolling Admissions period, 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.

Step 1

Schedule a tour by clicking below or calling (901) 850‑6695.

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Step 2

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.

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Step 3

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

Tuition

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.