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We are BACK TO SCHOOL for orientation next week! August 5, 2021 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

We are proud to announce our 2021-2022 Foundational Literacy Skills Plan has been APPROVED! by the TN Department of Education. To learn more about this comprehensive plan, please click the link below.

Foundational Literacy Skills Plan Approved!!

Our mission is to promote academic excellence and future student success through a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and ongoing engagement in problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication.

Memphis STEM Academy was birthed from the Memphis Business Academy (MBA) Network of schools. We opened our doors to kindergarten and first grade Scholars in August of 2016.

We strive to go beyond the traditional method of teaching by integrating project based and problem-solving learning that allow our Scholars to explore the engineering process and develop our Scholars for future needs in all careers. Our Scholars design, construct, and build real-world projects out of recycled goods and resources provided from the Project Lead the Way and Engineering is Elementary, Scratch Junior and LEGO curricula.

STEM Night1

The Memphis STEM Academy, is dedicated to providing students with an A+ education with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and would like to share new educational opportunities with the Frayser area.

Are you ready to join Memphis STEM Academy? APPLY NOW! and Like us on Facebook!

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Watch Out World, Here They Come!

Meet the youngest Robotics Team to compete at E-Day at U of M. The team of 1st and 2nd graders had to build a bridge that could hold 35 lbs for 3 minutes within 30 minutes. Both teams built bridges in 12 minutes and could hold 45 lbs.  Make Some Noise, MSA!

Memphis STEM Academy Celebrates Veterans!

Memphis STEM Academy students designed Veterans Day cards to give to veterans at the VA Hospital downtown. The students added extra sweetness by attaching pieces of candy to each card.  Kindergarten teacher Lauren Cigalotti and Principal Dr. LaWanda M. Clark hand-delivered each card to the veterans.  The veterans were very appreciative of the gifts and wanted to make sure each student knew how much they valued being thought of on this day.

Later, Memphis STEM Academy Scholars received the honor of having Retired Army Veteran Sgt. Christopher Springfield read to them during their ROW hour.  Sgt. Springfield was a very enthusiastic reader and he enjoyed the energy of the scholars.

At the end of the reading, the Scholars had the opportunity to ask questions.  They inquired about Sgt. Springfield’s job while in the service, what time he got home daily and his worldly ventures.  He delighted in sharing how he drove tanks and assembled equipment in Japan, Germany and Iraq.  He encouraged the students to read often and continue to get an outstanding education so that they can make the world a better place to live, work and play.

Sgt. Christoper Springfield, MSA salutes you for all that you have done for the good of our country!

Don’t Just Do It!

Scholars in Mrs. Henderson’s First Grade Math class don’t just “Do” math.  They work to develop an understanding of why certain mathematical strategies work, and trace the steps used to define the concept.

In order to solve the math problem students analyze the information and use a variety of mathematical strategies for finding the solution.  Ms. Henderson steps this up by asking the Scholars to explain and defend the methods used. As critical thinkers, the Scholars work to find the best strategy of many possible methods to reach a solution.

Henderson MSA Math

T’was Two Nights Before Winter Break

The students, parents and teachers of MSA took an amazing journey to the North Pole to take a picture with Santa.  Each student was greeted by Conductor Henderson and presented a golden ticket.


Once the ride began, scholars had the opportunity to design their own cookies, drink hot chocolate, create a reindeer and catapult a marshmallow into a cup.  At the pit stops students completed vocabulary activities, wrote  a letter to Santa and learned a holiday song.

They had the opportunity to watch the movie and answer a few questions based on the events of the story.  Hold on…the journey doesn’t end here.  Each student received a bell and a reading log to document their book travels over the holiday break.

It has been an amazing journey.  Thank you all for traveling with us this semester. . . and to all a good night!

We Rise!


Memphis STEM Academy is so proud of the hard working Scholars and parents.  A majority of the scholars had amazing achievement and growth scores on the winter NWEA.

The NWEA assessment measures what Scholars know and informs teachers and parents what Scholars are ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s performance, MAP Growth creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance.  The NWEA has proven accurate whether a student performs on, above or below grade level. Timely, easy-to-use reports help teachers teach, students learn, parents support, and administrators lead.

Congratulations to the top performing students: 

Kindergarten:  Madison Gladney

1st Grade:  Joshalyn Walton & Daniel Smith

2nd Grade:  Allison Espinoza

MSA Scholars Get Carded!

MSA Scholars traveled to the Central Library to learn about library summer activities and tour the 901 Cloud STEM lab.  But Scholars couldn’t leave the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library without getting library cards for themselves. They put them to work immediately checking out books!

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