St. George's Independent School

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St. George's Independent School
Collierville, Germantown, and Memphis, Tennessee
Type Episcopalian
Motto Veritas Liberabit Vos
(The truth will set you free)
Established 1959
President Ross Peters
Gender Co-ed
Number of students 1,200[1]
Mascot Gryphon
Newspaper The Gryphon Gazette

St. George's Independent School was founded in 1959 and now has campuses in Collierville, Germantown, and Memphis, Tennessee.


The school was started as an elementary school in the relatively affluent Memphis suburb of Germantown. Due to their success, parents asked for the addition of grades for a middle school and ultimately, high school. Through a number of turns, fortuitous grants from generous donors, and an unfortunate rift with the Episcopal Church, the school has expanded rapidly to its current three-campus configuration. The original elementary school still operates in Germantown.

St. George's also partnered with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to open an elementary school in an under-served section of Memphis, intending to model how an independent school could contribute to community transformation. They received a donation of land in the eastern Memphis suburb of Collierville, where they opened a middle and upper school campus that has rapidly grown.[3]

The Germantown campus (located at 8250 Poplar Avenue Germantown, TN 38138) was built in 1959, and is the oldest of the three campuses. It serves grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

The Memphis campus (located at 3749 Kimball Avenue Memphis, TN 38111) was the next to be founded, in 2001. It serves grades prekindergarten through fifth grade.

The Collierville campus (located at 1880 Wolf River Blvd. Collierville, TN 38017) 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).


Academics at the Collierville campus follow a traditional high school curriculum and the graduation requirements[4] are as follows:

  • English: 4 units (12 Trimesters)
  • History/Social Sciences: 3 units (9 trimesters)
  • Mathematics: 4 units (12 trimesters)
  • Language: 3 units (9 trimesters)
  • Arts: 113 (4 trimesters)
  • Religion 1 (3 trimesters)
  • Senior Independent Study(see section below): 2/3 (2 trimesters)
  • Electives: 223 (8 trimesters)

Senior Independent Study[edit]

The Senior Independent Study thesis takes one of two forms: either a substantial project accompanied by a ten-page process paper, or an original piece of research that concludes in a 15-25 page paper. SIS is a two-trimester program, the culmination of which is an oral defense of the student’s work in front of a panel of faculty and administrators. During the third trimester, the students are presented with a constellation of real-world problems. Small teams of students choose one problem on which to focus. After two months, they present the answer to their problem in front of a panel of faculty judges. Both parts of the project are evaluated on a fail, pass, or pass with distinction basis. Seniors who successfully pass all levels of the senior thesis with distinction then graduate with distinction.


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:


  1. ^ "Number of Students". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Number of faculty and staff". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Lichtman, Grant. "Commitment to Diversity Leads Progressive Vision at St. George's School, Memphis". Grant Lichtman. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Graduation Requirements". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 35°05′00″N 89°47′13″W / 35.0833°N 89.7870°W / 35.0833; -89.7870