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MUS Open House Presentation 2015

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The Hull Lower School comprises the seventh and eighth grades of Memphis University School, a 7-12 boys day school in Memphis, TN.

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MUS Open House Presentation 2015

  1. 1. Welcome! • Clay Smythe (hired 2001) Principal, Hull Lower School - Instructor, Department of Religion - MUS graduate, class of 1985 • B.A, History University of Tennessee, Knoxville • M.A., Theology Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis • M.Ed., Columbia University Teachers College, NYC
  2. 2. Why an Independent School? •Safety •Academic Excellence •Boys’ Character Education •“The right fit”
  3. 3. Why a boys’ school? • Full participation of boys in all activities (arts, athletics, academics, service) tailored for needs of boys • Learning without cross-gender distraction • Opportunities for camaraderie and positive competition to help each boy reach his potential
  4. 4. Why Memphis University School?
  5. 5. “At MUS, the student body is limited in size for the express purpose of enhancing individual diversity, placing emphasis on high academic standards, personal growth, integrity, honor, emotional and spiritual maturity.” Col. Ross M. Lynn MUS Headmaster, 1955-1978
  6. 6. MUS Distinctive See Profile for Success • An Honor System that works – Promotes environment of freedom – Protects environment of accountability • Academic integrity – Quality of instructors (knowledge, relationships) – Quality of instruction (professionalism) • Athletic & Extra-Curricular success – Student-athletes, servant-leaders; coaches and mentors of ability and character – Classroom-field/court/street connection
  7. 7. Academics • 20 AP courses for possible college credit • 28% of MUS graduates received National Merit Scholarship recognition (over last 5 years) • 84% scored b/t 26-36 on ACT • 56% MUS seniors take Advanced Placement math for college credit • Highest level (BC Calculus) 100% students scored 5 (highest score)!
  8. 8. Academic Success • State leader National Merit Scholarship awarded, total # male students • 94% score 3 and above on AP exams • 25% scored above 2100 on the SAT • SAT mean score 1894 • ACT average MUS Score 29 • Knowledge Bowl Champions • State Latin Convention Champions • State Middle School Math Counts Runner-Ups
  9. 9. Memphis University School •100% accepted into college •85 seniors offered a collective 333 scholarships totaling $12.1 MM •$142,353 per student
  10. 10. Regional coverage Lower School enrollment addresses
  11. 11. Surprising MUS Facts • MUS Lower School enrollment comprised of 25 public, private, and home schools. • 30% of the student body receives need-based financial aid, totaling $2 million. • 114 MUS alumni have 134 boys at MUS. 21%! Eleven have 16 grandsons! • 55 faculty members hold Master’s degrees in their respective fields and five have doctorates, 22 yrs. exp. • Moody’s “A3 Stable” bond rating
  12. 12. MUS Athletics •More than 75% of MUS students participate in one or more sports as a player or manager. •Regularly compete for regional and state athletic titles •23 active NCAA scholar-athletes •Student free periods (two for athletes) during the day •Unmatched facilities
  13. 13. • State Fencing Champions (repeat) • County Swimming Champions (repeat) • State Football playoffs • State Tennis Champions (repeat) • State Baseball Runner-Up • State Lacrosse Champions (repeat) • State Golf Champions (repeat) • Memphis-area Best of the Preps • Recent state and regional championships in almost all 13 interscholastic sports teams Athletic Success Varsity level
  14. 14. MUS Extracurricular • International summer travel for academic credit • Coordinate classes w/ Hutchison School • Civic Service active in community • Theater Department annually recognized as one of the area’s finest • State-of-the-art music recording studio • 16 Fine Arts courses including recording arts, choir, music, art history, sculpture, digital design and speech/communications.
  15. 15. TEDx Memphis Organization & Management
  16. 16. Memphis University School • Dunavant Upper School –“university” high school –grades 9 - 12 • Hull Lower School –“junior” high school –grades 7 and 8
  17. 17. “Where the ‘son’ rises first!”
  18. 18. Lower School Curriculum •Seventh Grade Year-long classes – Accelerated Algebra 1 (placement) – Pre-Algebra – English – Physical Education Semester classes – Art – Earth Science – Memphis Leaders – Life Science – Origins of Language – Old Testament
  19. 19. Lower School Activities Fall • Buzzards Soccer • Chess Club • Civic Service • Cross Country • Drum Corps • Fall Theater • Fencing • Football • Golf • LS Math Team • Maker Club • Robotics • Volunteer Bible studies • YMCA Model UN Winter • Basketball • Buzzards B-Ball • Chess Club • Civic Service • Drum Corps • Fencing • Lacrosse • LS Math Team • Maker Club • Robotics • Swimming • Volunteer Bible studies • Wrestling • Spring • Baseball • Chess Club • Civic Service • Drum Corps • Lacrosse • LS Math Team • Maker Club • Soccer • Tennis • Theater • Track • Volunteer Bible studies • YMCA Youth Legislature
  20. 20. Lower School Curriculum •Eighth Grade –Algebra 1 or Accelerated Geometry –Ancient and Medieval World History –English –Latin –Physical Education –Physical Science
  21. 21. Lower School Student body -25 different schools  public  private out of town home schools 49% 7th grade, 42% 8th grade First quarter Honor Roll
  22. 22. MUS: End Game •Modern reality: High School degree = “Halftime” minimum requirement now = college Many fields expect graduate level work. Global competitiveness, uncertain economy, requires superior discipline and preparation… beginning now.
  23. 23. MUS: End Game •Preparation, proficiency, maturity for boys •Daily accountability •Long-view student •Boys learning to become men •Grads tell us it works!
  24. 24. Summer Introduction Pre-Admissions opportunities Rising 5th-9th grades •Academic Adventures •Athletic camps •Science Camp •SLAM •Summer School
  25. 25. Quick contact info • Judd Peters (‘81) •B.B.A., University of Mississippi – Director of School and Community Relations – Upper School Student Council adviser – Summer Programs Coordinator/SLAM Director •Judd.Peters@musowls.org •901.260.1379 oFor more general information: owww.musowls.org Overall school info owww.musowls.blogs.com Lower School
  26. 26. Last Things • Contact MUS Admissions Office to arrange a half-day visit at MUS. • Sign up your son for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) at www.iseetest.org for the December 5 (MUS), 12 (St. Mary’s) test dates. • MUS Priority Application Deadline is December 10, 2015 for 2016-17. • Need-based Financial Aid ONLY, no athletic/academic scholarships available • Decision letters are mailed February 18, 2015.

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