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10 Tennessee Charter Schools Recognized as State Reward Schools

Repeat Honoree and Newcomers Prove Progress is Possible

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– The Tennessee Department of Education recently released their annual District and School Accountability results to include this year’s distinguished list of State Reward Schools. These schools represent the top-performing schools across the state – showing noted improvements in terms of achievement and growth for all students and across diverse student groups. Among the 2018 list, the following 10 public charter schools have been designated as State Reward Schools: 

  • Cameron College PreparatoryNashville, TN
  • Intrepid College Preparatory Charter SchoolNashville, TN
  • KIPP Academy NashvilleNashville, TN
  • Purpose PrepNashville, TN
  • Rocketship UnitedNashville, TN
  • Smithson Craighead AcademyNashville, TN
  • Valor Flagship AcademyNashville, TN
  • Valor Voyager AcademyNashville, TN
  • Southern Avenue Charter Elementary SchoolMemphis, TN
  • DuBois Elementary School of EntrepreneurshipMemphis, TN

“We are excited to see the list of State Reward Schools expanding and recognizing the day-to-day work in the classrooms across the state. This recognition is greatly deserved for all schools,” shared Maya Bugg, chief executive officer, Tennessee Charter School Center. “We continue to look for best practices and innovative initiatives that are helping students improve. Seeing schools like Nashville’s Purpose Prep making the list for the second year in a row; the addition of newcomers like Memphis’ Southern Avenue Charter School; and the turnaround of Smithson Craighead Academy are prime examples that progress and achievement are possible with commitment and consistency. There are some great lessons to be learned here and we look forward to supporting and sharing them with other schools to help this list continue to grow.”

This year’s State Reward Schools were designated based on a new set of criteria, which took into consideration state test and growth scores, English language learner proficiency, chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, and ACT test scores. As a result, the number of designated schools nearly doubled to a total of 318 for 2018.

For a full list of 2018 School Accountability designations, visit the Tennessee Department of Education’s website here. For more information about the Tennessee Charter School Center or charter schools across the state, visit