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Gestalt Community Schools

Our Impact

Graduation Rates

PCAHS Stage Walk 3

Class of 2017
100% graduated
100% accepted to college
Earned more than $30 million in scholarships

Class of 2016
100% graduated
100% accepted to college
Earned more than $13 million in scholarships
Performed more than 10,000 community service hours over 4 years

Class of 2015
100% graduated
100% accepted to college


Our scholars consistently outscore their peers at the community, district and state levels.

  • Power Center Middle School received the SCORE Prize from the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education in 2011, which recognized PCAMS as Tennessee’s highest performing public middle school.

  • Both Power Center High and Middle Schools are Tennessee Reward schools for academic progress, ranking them among the top 5% of schools in the state.

  • Power Center Academy Elementary opened in 2015, welcoming 250 kindergarten and first graders in Hickory Hill. For 2016, we've added second grade. 

  • Nexus STEM Academy opened in 2016, welcoming 100 6th grade students in the Southwind community. 

While we don’t yet have a decade of results, our schools do have excellent performance data since our first school opened in 2008. Our scholars continue to show an upward trend in academic performance—especially those students who’ve been in Gestalt schools over time.

Closing the Gap

Gestalt scholars have consistently outscored their peers at the district and state levels, most notably closing the gap between economically disadvantaged and not disadvantaged. From a Charter School Program (CSP) grant reviewer: “The applicant [Gestalt] has made significant gains in the academic achievement of its educationally disadvantaged students. The network’s Power Center Academy Middle School students in 2013 outperformed the comparison school in math by over 44 points and in reading by over 43 points. The same students are even outperforming state averages by 10-15 points in both subjects.”

Historically in Tennessee, African American students have not achieved at the same level as their peers. Gestalt schools serve primarily African American students (97-99% of student population), and have seen significant and consistent improvement, helping close this achievement gap. For example, 65.5% of Power Center Middle School scholars in the African American subgroup achieved proficiency or better on math assessments in 2012-13, as compared to 29.1% of African American students statewide. Likewise, 66.1% of PCAMS scholars were proficient in reading, compared to 31.1% statewide. This same trend is seen for 2011-12 and 2010-11, with African American scholars improving at Gestalt schools, while continuing to struggle across the state.

“Some would say the charter school movement is the new civil rights movement.”

Gestalt CEO Derwin Sisnett as quoted in Memphis Daily News, Sept. 2010

District Report

The Shelby County Schools district includes Power Center Middle and High Schools among "those charter schools that have produced significant growth and achievement outcomes for students in 2015 and outperformed comparable schools in the district and their region, signifying their success to date as high-quality options." For more information, click here to read the full report and more about the positive impact of Power Center Academies.