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🎶 INCREDIBLE job by the Grizzlies PrepChoir from Grizzlies Prep Charter School here in Memphis!! 🎶
Town Hall is now preparing Welcome Kits for new families that are moving into your community.

Families that have just relocated are looking for school alternatives for their children.

Since our Welcome Kits are exclusive, and we can only accommodate one Charter School, I would ask that you to kindly let me know if you are interested in being the featured Charter School in our local Welcome Kits for your community.

Please message me or for immediate assistance, feel free to call or text me on my cell which is listed below.

Joseph Fiore
(201) 421-8333
[email protected]
Check out this spotlight on Mr. Black, a math teacher at our partner school Grizzlies Prep, on his inspiration to make an impact as a Black male educator. Choose901
We were honored to work with Grizzlies Prep & Grizz Community Mid-South Ford Dealers Scholars program at our Urban Farm earlier this year. Both AOVS & Grizzlies Prep change lives in big ways.

#MentorAmplifies #Fordscholars #BuildingCommunity
Cartavius Black joined Teach For America - Memphis in 2017. He joined with the mission to be a passionate and influential role model in the classroom. In 2021, he started teaching at Grizzlies Prep and took on the city's first African American History Class for middle schoolers. Read his story at the link in our bio. 🔥 #cityleadership⁠

"I will not rest until I can be sure that we're preparing our youth to be competitive on a global scale. It is the responsibility of all adults to do their part in leaving Memphis better than we found it." - Cartavius Black
Thank you so much to the Grizzlies Prep scholars who joined us this week as a part of their Women's History Month activities! They got to hear many stories from our female staff, along with helping make Food Support Boxes for our neighbors in need. We are so proud of these young men and are thankful to Grizzlies Prep teachers for their investment in Memphis's future leaders!
We are so proud of the scholars at Grizzlies Prep!
As you all know, education is the key to our city's future, and each one of you plays an essential part in how we use that key. You can take your role a step further this #GivingTuesday by supporting one of the many local causes that help make equitable education a reality in the city 👇 #teach901

💙 Causes ⬇️
💙 Support Memphis Teacher Residency this #GivingTuesday as their residents and teachers continue to work at restoring underserved communities.
💙 This #GivingTuesday Teach For America Memphis is celebrating 15 years of impact in the city. Support a teacher and their students today with a gift of $15, $150, $1500, or more to honor 15 years of work in Memphis!
💙 Help Give901 restock the Grizzlies Prep library & send hundreds of students home with books for the holidays!
This past weekend was awesome! We had the opportunity to conduct some Sphero activities with the Grizzlies Scholars at Grizzlies Prep. The kids loved it and got to enjoy every bit of their entire weekend! #gritgrindcode
Watch our MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies team surprise some of their 2021-2023 grantees with a check, Memphis Grizzlies swag, snacks, and more! This was a special way for us to not only spend time with some of our affiliates, but also hear their awesome plans to better the Mid-South community using the funds provided.

Congratulations again to Grizzlies Prep, World Relief Memphis, Streets Ministries, and all other mentoring organizations receiving funds this grant cycle!💙🐻

#MentoringAmplifies #MentoringMatters
It was an honor to share our mission to the Grizzlies Prep Scholars and their mentors at our Urban Farm location this afternoon. They helped with raking and brought Grizz backpacks for our veterans filled with goodies!

#honorveterans #communitymatters #memphisproud
Thank you Grizzlies Prep for being our Bronze Star Sponsor in the 16th Annual Alpha Omega Golf Classic preseted by ARS/Rescue Rooter & Conway Services Heating and Air. We are grateful for your participation and for what you do to make Memphis a better place!

#neverforget #honorveterans #helpingveteranshelpthemselves #901proud #buildingcommunity

A tuition-free public charter school dedicated to the success of young men in grades 6-8 in Memphis.

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Join us at Streets Ministries (Vance location) Friday, May 13th for High School Commitment Day! Help us welcome the GP c/o 2022 to your high school! See you there!



Nacho average middle school!

Last week, it was our honor to celebrate our boys with a nacho party! We firmly believe in regularly rewarding our young men as they crush their academic and social/emotional goals. Competitions are our favorite, and here’s a few reasons why:

1. Improves teamwork and collaboration
2. Enhances social and emotional learning
3. Increases intrinsic motivation
4. Strengthens academic self-concept
5. Facilitates a growth mindset

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 04/07/2022

The young men at Grizzlies Prep would like to congratulate Justice #KetanjiBrownJackson & @chef_tamonthegram for their remarkable accomplishments! We see you. We celebrate you. We honor you. #WeAreGP #BoysBecomingMen


GP, come out this evening to hear about our progressive path forward from Mr. Ware! See you soon!

A Look Into The First African American History Class for Middle Schoolers and the Teacher Behind it - Choose901 03/15/2022

A Look Into The First African American History Class for Middle Schoolers and the Teacher Behind it - Choose901

Thanks to Choose901 for the incredible article on Grizzlies Prep's own, Cartavius Black. Click to read more on Mr. Black's response to the question: "What kind of impact did Black male educators have on me?"

Influenced by that staggering statistic, he decided to two years later to make the shift to education and applied for the program.

A Look Into The First African American History Class for Middle Schoolers and the Teacher Behind it - Choose901 Some tasks we encounter in our lives seem more daunting than others. But, they can become the interceptors that change our lives. This is true for Grizzlies Prep teacher Cartavius Black, whose journey to becoming an educator is noble and interesting. After graduating from the University of Tennessee...

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 03/09/2022

Grizzlies Prep’s student newspaper, Grizz Top Drops, released its 2nd edition today!

This project was authored by the 7th grade Civics class as a part of a media unit. Editing was a combination effort between GP’s Enrichment Coordinator, Mr. Young, and the students. Each article went through many drafts and we could not be more proud of the finished product!

Article titles include: war in Ukraine, winter storm effects, the Memphis Grizzlies, and our very own (Mr. Black) running for Shelby County Commission - Dist. 7!

#CivicsMatters #BoysBecomingMen

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 03/07/2022

Last week, Grizzlies Prep concluded Black History Month with our annual Knowledge Bowl! Our young men answered nearly 40 questions ranging in the following topics:

Entertainment 🎺🎬
Social Justice/ Politics ⚖️👨🏾‍⚖️
Sports 🏀🏅
Black Health & Wellness 🧘🏾‍♂️🏥

8th grade took home this year’s trophy when it came down to the final question: List as many Historically Black Colleges & Universities as you can!

It’s always a joy to see our scholars showcase their brilliance, especially as a team 🤝. Brotherhood & scholarship were on full display and we couldn’t be more proud.

#BoysBecomingMen #WeAreGP #BlackHistoryMonth365


In light of recent updates to COVID-19 CDC guidance, Mr. Ware (Executive Director), continues to work around the clock ensuring the safety of all Grizzlies Prep students & faculty.

Through our partnership with Poplar Healthcare we test, on average, 130 students and staff weekly.

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 02/25/2022

7th grade students in our honors civics class had a special opportunity to learn about the justice system this month. Two groups visited the courtroom of Judge Valerie Smith. She allowed students to observe court proceedings and even showed them around the bench. We're grateful for such an awesome experience! #Civics #WeThePeople #BoysBecomingMen

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 02/23/2022

What's it take? To Collaborate!:

Today, our 7th graders went on a field trip to @bridgesusa where they explored what skills are needed to collaborate on a team such as: communication, critical thinking, social support, and navigating conflict.

This experience was a fun way to help young people grow the skills needed to lead and collaborate with others. At GP, we focus on strategically developing the skills our young men need to be successful both now and later. #boysbecomingmen


In the words of our brother Tupac Shakur, “Ain’t a woman alive that can take my mama’s place… you are appreciated.” #GPBoyMom #BoysBecomingMen

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 02/22/2022

Last week, Grizzlies Prep had the amazing opportunity to host our Mother & Son dance. What a joy it was to see our young men honor and celebrate their moms!

#GPBoyMom #BoysBecomingMen


We’re still on for tonight! Stay safe & see you soon! #MotherSonDance2022 #GPBoyMom #BoysBecomingMen

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 02/17/2022

GP took our first whole school field trip in two years! The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation treated our boys to a private viewing of Remember the Titans (shout out to Denzel and Wood Harris). We had a special guest appearance by Memphis Grizzlies player Xavier Tillman, Jr.
#GP #boysbecomingmen #representation #community #brotherhood


As SCS Board Appreciation Week comes to a close, Grizzlies Prep salutes @michellemckissack, our District 1 representative!

Grizzlies Prep Core Values Secured Them a SCIAA Boys Basketball Championship 01/27/2022

Grizzlies Prep Core Values Secured Them a SCIAA Boys Basketball Championship

Shout out to the Choose901 team for taking time out to interview our very own Mr. Cathey, GP varsity boys basketball assistant coach, on our winning season.

What do you enjoy most about coaching the boys at Grizzlies Prep?

I enjoy seeing reflections of myself when I was their age, growing and obtaining goals while having fun with their friends. I try my best to motivate, give insight and be a role model to young men. I enjoy giving insight on questions they may have that could impact their future because it’s something I craved when I was younger and letting them know that education is very important.

Click the link below to read the blog in its entirety:

Grizzlies Prep Core Values Secured Them a SCIAA Boys Basketball Championship Responsibility, integrity, courage, commitment, grit, and excellence are the values held by the boys at Grizzlies Prep Academy—and it was these same values that helped the Grizzlies Prep basketball team win the 2022 SCIAA Boys Basketball Championship! This past week, the boys at Grizzlies Prep sec...

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 01/26/2022

We could not be more proud of our City Champions, who led the way with a record breaking, undefeated 18-0 season! This team exemplifies Grizzlies Prep’s Core Values (Courage, Commitment, Excellence, Grit, Integrity & Responsibility) both on and off the court. As a team they managed to maintain a collective 3.1 GPA, earning more than 25 A’s across the board!

As a school that does not have our own gym, our young men travel to a local youth organization (JIFF) to practice and ground themselves as true scholar athletes. It’s this type of showmanship that we pride ourselves on at GP: scholarship, brotherhood, and hard work.

Congrats, again, to our boys and let’s continue to go hard in the paint! #BoysBecomingMen #ScholarAthletes #CityChampions


Interested in learning more about Grizzlies Prep? Don't forget to join our virtual Information Session at 10am this morning! Click here to join:


"Soul of the City" by De'Aree Harris

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 12/14/2021

Remember this charismatic young man? Check out De’Aree’s (GP c/o 2018) spoken word performance on gun violence at last week’s @blackmencrowned awards, hosted at the National Civil Rights Museum.

GP grads (9th - 12th grade) & alumni (post secondary) continue to carry the torch of our brotherhood’s six Core Values: commitment, courage, excellence, grit, integrity, and responsibility long after they depart.

Our alumni support program is committed to pouring into the lives of our GP scholars through regular school visits, GP programming, and our unique partnership with @choose901alumni.

Stay tuned to see what’s up next!!!

We’re handing out buckets to all GP alumni & grads who comment on this post, and turnovers to those who don’t 😂 Rep your grad year below 👇


Like the Home Team, GP Scholar Ballers have been putting in work both on and off the court 🤫 Check out this past Monday’s score! We see you @memgrizz, and we raise you 5! 🏀 #GoGrizzGo #SaysWho #BoysBecomingMen


The Grizzlies Prep book fair will be held December 1-10! If you would like to volunteer to help run a shift before or after school, please email our librarian, Mrs. Oliver, at [email protected]. Also, for every $10 spent, your student's name goes into a raffle for a $100 book giveaway!


As a parent, it's incredible to watch your son develop character and mature into a young man. Yes, it's a journey. Yes, it takes patience. At GP, we are honored to be part of that process. Join the GP family if you are looking for an excellent middle school dedicated to your son's success like you are. #boysbecomingmen

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 11/11/2021

Today, we honor all veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Thank you for your service.

We especially thank our very own, Mrs. Franklin, GP 8th grade ELA & African American Literature teacher. To quote Mrs. Franklin’s favorite author, “the purpose of education… is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions…”. - James Baldwin.

Thank you for the love, light, and commitment you bring to our young men, Mrs. Franklin. Today, we honor you!

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 11/05/2021

One thing about GP… we practice preparedness!

Thank you to our high school partners & parents who joined us this week for Area High School Preview Night! Our families walked away with tons of information, making their decision where to send their son’s to high school significantly more informed and intentional!

#HighSchoolSuccess #GPScholars #BoysBecomingMen


Earlier this week Grizz Prep launched Read Woke — a National movement that challenges participants to read books featuring or written by people in historically marginalized groups.

FACT: In 2018 & 2019, more books featured animals as main characters than people of color.

#ReadOn #GPscholars #Literacy #BoysBecomingMen

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 10/25/2021

Read Woke is a program at Grizzlies Prep that lends itself to a national movement. It is how we educate ourselves to recognize biases and trends in literature and in the books we buy and read.

Swipe to see a graphic with statistics by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center that shows how underrepresented BIPOC (Black, Indigenous + People of Color) communities are in publishing. In 2019, more books featured animals as main characters than people of color.

This is a problem.

Being mindful of what we read and consume is one step of the solution.

#GPScholars #LiteracyBasedSchool #ReadWoke #BoysBecomingMen

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 10/20/2021

In honor of tonight’s season opener, @grizzliesprep scholar athletes would like to send lots of luck to the home team @memgrizz! #GoGrizzGo


One advantage to being a GP scholar is exclusive opportunities to engage in Grizz programming! Check out 8th grade scholar, Darnell, highlight his incredible experience at last week’s Jr. NBA Camp in partnership with @memgrizzyouth at the FedEx Forum 🏀

#BoysBecomingMen #GoGrizzGo #MemphisGrizzlies #JrNBA

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Applications for 2022-2023 school year are now live! Apply today to begin your son's joyful & structured school journey:


Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 10/06/2021

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. - Mentor National

Ware Wednesday’s are one of several ways GP strives to build meaningful relationships with our young men.

#MentoringMatters #GPScholars #BoysBecomingMen


The light in your eyes when you & your GP brothers have read:

📚an average of 4.8 books per student
🏫1,159 books read school-wide
📖a total of 14,550,449 words read

…just in Quarter 1!

Did you know that Grizzlies Prep is a literacy-based school? Under literacy-based instruction students are exposed to literature in all core content subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies. Students learn how to analyze texts to help them develop literacy skills through real-life literary experiences.

#Excellence #Commitment #Literacy #GPScholars

Off to a great start, GP!

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 09/29/2021

Grizzlies Prep sends a huge shout out to our SCS School Board rep, Michelle McKissack, for being named the new Board Chair. We look forward to continued support from her. We are thankful for her leadership! #District1 #GP #BetterTogether

Photos from Grizzlies Prep's post 09/24/2021

Scavenger hunts hit different when #DowntownMemphis is your playground! #BoysBecomingMen


At Grizzlies Prep, we know that families want to feel confident in the future of their sons. That’s why we designed a structured and caring middle school to address the needs of young men. Many students become disengaged in middle school leading to poor academic growth, misbehavior, and concerned parents. We believe that no student should be limited by a poor learning environment. Grizzlies Prep provides an excellent academic foundation, social-emotional development, and incredible opportunities so families can feel confident in the future.

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