University Schools Update

July 15, 2019

Dear Campus Community:

I am writing with an update on our University Schools, which have been flourishing under our recent reorganization, geared specifically to maximize these resources for faculty, staff and students.

The Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning & Research Center (ELRC) has adjusted their tuition model and expanded enrollment to serve 50 new families. The school will be operating without a financial deficit for potentially the first time in their history. More importantly, for the first time ever, the school is now enrolling children of our UofM students. Every UofM student who sought enrollment for their child was placed for this year, and at an incredibly reduced tuition rate, thanks to the support of a $625,000 Department of Education Grant. The school will continue to maintain its project based learning and Montessori demonstrations, and will partner for a second year with Shelby County Schools to host a pre-K classroom for low-income, underserved populations in the neighborhoods adjacent to the University. Enrollment for this year is projected to be 125.

Campus School has plans underway to add a kindergarten to their curriculum for fall 2020. This will allow us to diversify our enrollment at our elementary school and serve an additional 60-75 children per year, with quality laboratory school education offered in partnership with Shelby County Schools.

University Middle will be opening with its inaugural sixth grade class this fall in a temporary location at East High School. The sixth grade class represents students from over 20 local elementary schools, 50% of whom are academically gifted and 52% of whom are students with a racially diverse background. Students will engage in academic coursework in partnership with the University Library, the Confucius Institute, and faculty and staff from our Engineering, Dance, Art, Music, Language and Athletic Departments. The school is truly functioning as an interdisciplinary laboratory partnership program, and we hope to announce the school’s permanent location in the coming months.

Each of these entities all have new executive directors and will soon be opening for enrollment for the next academic year. For more information, email associate vice-president Sally Parish at  sally.parish@memphis.edu.


M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis