Memphis Seniors Graduate Ready For College, Leadership and Life


Green Dot Public Schools proudly celebrates the end of a successful school year as 209 students from our two high schools in Memphis walk the stage at their graduation ceremonies. Green Dot leadership, educators and staff congratulate the overwhelming success of its graduates and proudly welcomes them into the ranks of Green Dot alumni.

Green Dot proudly highlights the following statistics from its graduating class of 2017:

  • At Fairley High School and Hillcrest High School, teachers are celebrating as 191 students are going on to a two- or four-year university, including Fisk University and Christian Brothers University
  • Students are attending two-year universities tuition free thanks to the Tennessee Promise Scholarship


Hillcrest valedictorian Nicholas Whiteside encouraged his fellow graduates to think about their education as a long-term investment in Memphis:

“You can make it in Memphis. The goal shouldn’t always be to make it out of Memphis, but to make something out of Memphis,” said Whiteside.

This is also a special time for Green Dot in Memphis as the network is opening a new high school — Bluff City High School — to serve families and students in South Memphis in August 2017. Green Dot is currently enrolling students for all of its Tennessee high schools and middle schools.

Since Green Dot was founded in 2000, our schools have earned a reputation for fostering high achievement and success in all students. Green Dot is widely recognized for its commitment to transforming low-performing schools into revitalized learning centers that offer students a small community environment, individual attention, and personalized support to ensure that all graduates leave Green Dot prepared for college, leadership, and life.


Recently, nine of Green Dot’s charter schools were recognized as the top in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report, a ranking determined by three areas of criteria: performance compared to peers; performance of least-advantaged students; and preparation for college.

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