Collegiate Primary

We believe that every child in the Mississippi Delta deserves the opportunity to excel in high school and college and we are, therefore unapologetically college preparatory. This must begin in kindergarten and so, at Collegiate Primary (kindergarten through second grades), we build the foundation that scholars will need for the rest of their academic careers. Scholars thrive in our structured, ambitious, and jubilant community that supports the rigorous instruction in every classroom.

In all aspects of our school, we empower scholars to develop into their best selves. We work closely with families to help our scholars pursue their most ambitious academic and life goals. Our values-based character education supports scholars personal growth so that they can demonstrate strengths in curiosity, optimism, gratitude, grit, self-control, social intelligence, and zest.

Our Focus

We expose our scholars to diverse perspectives and experiences within our community and in our broader world. We are blessed to be a part of a community with rich history and culture and this is a crucial part of our program. scholars examine the Civil Rights Movements, studying local advocates critical to the movement’s success. As part of their weekly music class in all grades, scholars study and perform world-famous blues music originating in Clarksdale and surrounding areas, performing at weekly Jubilees and monthly Family Nights. We take advantage of all the benefits of being in the Mississippi Delta: scholars visit the Grammy Museum of Mississippi and Delta Blues Museum, make college tours to Delta State University, Jackson State, and University of Mississippi, and visit the Mississippi River and local farms during planting and harvest season that combined will extend their learning and generally broaden their understanding and experiences.

Consistent with our core beliefs and in alignment with the ambitious goals set out in our accountability plan in support of our mission, we have both an extended school day (7:45 am to 4:00 pm) and year (184 days). The academic calendar provides extended time for scholars to achieve on or above grade level expectations, significant time for teachers to improve their practice by participating in comprehensive and targeted professional development, and multiple opportunities for families and teachers to discuss scholars’ achievements and areas of growth.

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