University Schools Closure

- as of March 24 -

Shelby County Schools has announced that all classes will be cancelled until at least Monday, April 27th. Our University Schools will adhere to this closure and will also plan to reopen on Monday, April 27th. This will impact our Early Learning & Research Center, Campus School and University Middle.

As shared in the message from Shelby County Schools, there have not been any risks to schools identified by the Health Department. However, due to national developments and rapidly changing conditions regarding the spread of COVID-19, Superintendent Ray, our School Board and District leadership believe this is the most responsible course of action at this time. University leadership supports this course of action and will use this time to further deep clean and disinfect our schools in anticipation of our students return. We will utilize inclement weather days to offset the closure and will continue to work closely with our district colleagues and Health Department officials to monitor the situation in Shelby County.

You can find helpful information and resources about COVID-19, including facts from the Health Department and CDC, handwashing tips and other general guidelines for virus prevention, on the UofM website at memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates and via the Shelby County Schools website at www.scsk12/coronavirusfacts. The Health Department has also launched a hotline number for questions about COVID-19: 901.692.7523. The number is staffed during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As you know, this is a continuously evolving situation. We will remain in touch should any additional updates become available. Please know the health and well-being of your child is a concern we share, and we will continue to make decisions with their best interest in mind.

-Sally G. Parish, Associate Vice President for Educational Initiatives

A new kind of school

University Middle is a totally new kind of school. A school that reflects the demands of the dynamic, high-tech, diverse world in which we live. A school where students don’t just see people of different races and genders and religions – they work with them, learn from them and come to understand them. A school that teaches students to take ownership of their learning though projects they care about, with results they can touch, display, market, broadcast or give back to the community.

As an extension of the University of Memphis, University Middle is a school where education starts in classrooms, but ultimately ends up in the world. It is a school that values and practices hands-on learning. A school that builds its curriculum around the interests of the students who walk its halls. A school that isn’t just different; it’s fun!

Our inaugural sixth-grade class is compromised of 75 students from 24 different elementary schools that engage in Project-Based Learning.

Interested in Learning More about University Middle?

If you are interested in University Middle School your child/children is invited to schedule a visit. Students will take a tour of the school and participate in classroom activities with peers.

We are located in East High School's first floor west wing. Parking is available in the lot off of the Walnut Grove entrance. Pleaes  enter the building through the main entrance of the west wing. Look for the large columns and University Middle School yard signs.

Please call us at 901-633-4120 for additional assistance.  

Coming Up at University Middle


March 9 - 13 | Spring Break

April 10 | Spring Recess (No School)

May 22 | Last Day of School (Dismissal at 11:35am)

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University Middle Honored at 2019 SPARK Awards

University Middle honored with a 2019 SPARK Award! Read and watch the ceremony here.

University Middle Accepts 2019 SPARK Award