St. George's Independent Schools
|St. George's Independent School|
Veritas Liberabit Vos
The truth will set you free
|Collierville, Germantown, and Memphis, Tennessee
|Type||High School, Middle School, Elementary School, and Kindergarten|
|Newspaper||The Gryphon Gazette|
The school was affiliated with the Episcopal Church until 2004. The founding church and the school board of trustees disagreed on several issues, including who should appoint board members. After several threatened lawsuits and board member removals, the two sides agreed to an amicable separation as the school purchased the church property, and the church agreed to relocate. The school then renamed itself as St. George's Independent School. Tuition depends on which campus the child attends, and the grade of the child. The Memphis campus is designed as a campus for lower income children, and many scholarship opportunities are available.
The Germantown campus (located at) was built in 1959, and is the oldest of the three campuses. It serves grades prekindergarten through fifth grade.
The Memphis campus (located at) was the next to be founded, in 2001. It (as of Fall 2007) serves grades prekindergarten through fifth grade.
The Collierville campus (located at semester schedule.) was founded in 2002, and serves grades six through 12. The Collierville campus has two wings, which divide the school into middle school (grades 6-8), and upper school (grades 9-12). The school runs on a trimester schedule, instead of the regular
The school's original mascot was the dragon, but in 2001 an additional mascot was added, the Gryphon. This was due to the fact that the high school was opening in Collierville, Tennessee, and Collierville High School was already known as the Dragons.
The St. Georges mission statement is as follows:
"St. George's Independent School is a coeducational school of excellence preparing students for a life of learning and meaningful contribution through dedication to high academic achievement and the development of moral character reinforced by Judeo-Christian values."
Academics at the Collierville campus follow a traditional high school curriculum and the graduation requirements are as follows:
- English: 4 units (12 Trimesters)
- History/Social Sciences: 3 units (9 trimesters)
- Mathematics: 3 units (9 trimesters)
- Language: 3 units (9 trimesters)
- Arts: 11⁄3 (4 trimesters)
- Religion 1 (3 trimesters)
- Senior Independent Study(see section below): 2/3 (2 trimesters)
- Electives: 22⁄3 (9 trimesters)
Senior Independent Study
The Senior Independent Study is one of the requirements which distinguishes St. Georges from many other American high schools. It consists of two parts; the independent part (done first trimester of senior year), in which all students must write a 15-25 page research paper on a topic of their choice, using MLA citations and formatting. The second part is a group project done in the second, winter trimester.
All students at the Collierville campus are required to have a laptop or tablet device and bring it to all of their classes. For students who do not own and do not wish to buy laptops, the school provides laptops. The fee for these laptops is included in student's tuition and uses a lease to own program.
St. George's competes in the Division II-A (71 Teams 6th-12th grade), West Region A of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) along with:
- Bishop Byrne High School (Memphis, Tennessee)
- Knoxville Webb (Knoxville, Tennessee)
- Memphis Harding Academy (Memphis, Tennessee)
- Evangelical Christian School (Cordova, Tennessee)
- Franklin Roade Academy (Franklin, Tennessee)
- Jackson Christian School (Jackson, Tennessee)
- University School of Jackson (Jackson)
- Davidson Academy (Nashville)
- First Assembly Christian School (Cordova)
- Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis)
- Catholic High School (Memphis)
- Tipton Rosemark Academy (Millington, Tennessee)
- Rossville Christian
- Northpoint Christian School (Southaven, Mississippi)
- St. Andrew's-Sewanee School (Sewanee, Tennessee)
- University School of Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee)
St. Georges Independent Schools, retrieved 2008-01-09