The Memphis City Schools is the largest school system in the state of Tennessee and the 21st largest metropolitan school system in the nation. The school system has 31 high schools, 29 middle and junior high schools, 112 elementary schools, seven career/technical centers and two special schools, with a total enrollment of more than 120,000 students in grades K-12.
There are also 30 optional schools within the district, offering students choices in programs such as health sciences, international studies, college preparatory programs, engineering, creative and performing arts, banking and finance, aviation, travel and tourism, manufacturing and advanced placement course for possible college credit.
All city schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Memphis City School system has more than 15,000 full-time and part-time employees. The school system is the second largest single employer in Memphis.
Additionally, there are approximately 30 private schools in the area.
There are 25 colleges and universities in the Memphis area with a total of more than 47,000 students. The largest is the University of Memphis. Some others are Rhodes College, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Christian Brothers University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Southern College of Optometry and Memphis College of Art.