About Journey Community Schools

Our Mission

We engage families and community partners in our scholars’ learning journey; cultivate a safe, positive and joyous learning environment; and empower teachers and leaders with support to deliver an inclusive, innovative and rigorous education.

Our Vision

To develop a community of lifelong learners who excel in all areas of life.

Our Core Values

Give the best, expect the best.
We have high standards. We take pride in
our work. It is our responsibility to give our
best and we hold each other accountable for
the same.
Eager to learn and get better.
We embrace tough problems, find solutions,
and take action.We seek to understand in
order to make the best choices. We never
stop learning.
Stronger together.
We have a shared voice in our community
where each member plays an important role
in our success. We come alongside each
other to ensure the best outcomes.
Choose to be positive.
We choose to be positive for our own
well-being and the well-being of those
around us. We celebrate the success of
others. We find fulfillment in the journey.
Courage to continue.
We overcome the unexpected. We handle
challenges which foster strength and growth
better than before.

Our Story

Formerly Aspire Public Schools – Memphis, 2020 marked the transition to a new, locally managed charter organization – Journey Community Schools. With the first employee of Aspire Memphis at the helm, Dr. Nickalous Manning led the way in ensuring that our schools are equipped to serve scholars and families well. Continuing the work in Orange Mound, Raleigh, and East Memphis is urgent and necessary –  therefore we continued our commitment to the 1,600 scholars who walk through our doors each day. Our three-year Strategic Plan includes four areas of focus: Culture, Academic Success, Organizational Excellence, and Communications & Engagement. We believe that this plan will lead us to achievement in all areas of our work.
In recognition to operate true community-based schools, and acknowledging the unique opportunities in Memphis, the launch of Journey Community Schools embodies so much of the strong foundation we built and promise for what lies ahead. Our communities make us great. We also have dedicated scholars, families, and teammates willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we are Paving Pathways to Success. We are stronger together – welcome to Journey Community Schools!