SUCCESS High Schools



The Leadership Memphis SUCCESS High Schools Initiative is implemented in eight high schools - East, Fairley, Douglass, Hamilton, Kingsbury, Kirby, Melrose and Trezevant - with the goal to increase the post-secondary continuation rate for these schools. SUCCESS infuses 400 Executives over a 5-year period to positively impact nearly 7,000 students. The Leadership Club and the Graduation Advisory Program (GAP) are the primary components of this initiative.



The Leadership Club is a leadership-service club primarily for Juniors and Seniors and is designed to strengthen student success and guide their decision related to a post-secondary pursuit of enrollment in a 4-year or 2-year college, a career path accessed through technical
training or enlistment in the military.

The Leadership Club curriculum is anchored in *five key indicators that have a significant and direct correlation between graduation and college enrollment. Student engagement and experiential learning in the Club focuses on:

1.) Developing an individualized post-secondary plan that will guide completion of high school and provide a guide for a college or career path following graduation

Providing resources and support in the *five key areas:

  • Taking a college entrance exam (ACT/SAT)
  • Completion of the FAFSA form
  • Applying for scholarships
  • Applying for college, technical training path or the military
  • Community Service/Service Learning

3.) Building leadership through targeted activities and service opportunities within the school and the community.

4.) Developing skills vital for school and for life

* A study conducted by Strive and the College Access Alliance of the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) concluded that the success of a student enrolling in college is 82% more likely if students complete these five activities. The findings also revealed that community organizations have the greatest impact by supporting school efforts in these critical areas.

The Graduation Advisory Program (GAP) provides direct engagement with all Seniors in the graduating class who opt-in to participate. GAP is designed to give the student a source of information in order to pursue life goals, whether it is college, trade school, the military or a career. The students will begin to develop an individualized post-secondary plan by completing the FASFA, a college entrance exam (ACT/SAT), college applications & scholarship applications and by performing community service. Advisors are available at no charge during the Senior year for the year following high school graduation to answer questions and help resolve challenges encountered during this crucial period of transition and adaptation. Learn more about GAP here.

365 South Main Street | Memphis, Tennessee 38103
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