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A Proposed K – 8 Tuition-Free Public Charter School

Proposed K – 8 | Tuition-Free

Our Mission

Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School prepares kindergarten through 8th grade students in the Mississippi Delta to excel in high school and college by providing rigorous instruction within a structured, ambitious, and jubilant school community.

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Our Beliefs

Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School is unapologetically college preparatory. In order to achieve our mission, we are guided by and will operate under the following core beliefs:


  • ALL students excel within structured, ambitious, and jubilant environments.
  • ALL students grow and achieve with hard work and effective teachers.
  • Comprehensive, targeted, and practice-based training ensures an effective teacher in every classroom.
  • College preparatory curriculum, rigorous assessments, and data-driven instruction propel student achievement.
  • Transformative literacy – reading, writing, and speaking on or above grade level – is the foundation for all academic success.
  • Values-based character education supports students’ personal growth, academic achievement, and life success.
  • More time on task, prioritized on the core subjects and individualized daily interventions, accelerates student achievement.
  • Successful schools invest families in the mission, and provide clear strategies to support the success of their children.
  • Successful schools close the achievement and opportunity gaps by strategically exposing students to their community and world.

Your Support

To learn how you can support Clarksdale Collegiate with your professional expertise, personal passion or other valued contribution, please contact Lead Founder Amanda Johnson


Amanda Johnson along with the Clarksdale Collegiate Board of Directors is leading the work of founding Clarksdale Collegiate for the students and families in the Mississippi Delta. Amanda Johnson is a Building Excellent Schools Fellow and experienced educator in the Mississippi Delta. The success of Clarksdale Collegiate depends upon the collective efforts and committed individuals who believe in our mission for every child.

Clarksdale Collegiate proposes to open in the Fall of 2018 with kindergarten, first, and second grade. If you are interested in learning more about Clarksdale Collegiate for your child, please sign up for updates.

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News & Announcements

Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School APPROVED!

On September 11, 2017, Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School received approval to open and operate a public charter school in Clarksdale, Miss. The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, the board responsible for approving and monitoring charter schools, voted to approve Clarksdale Collegiate after a rigorous nine-month application process. Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School will be a K-8th grade tuition-free public charter school located in Clarksdale. Clarksdale Collegiate will prepare kindergarten through 8th grade students in the Mississippi Delta to excel in high school and college by providing rigorous instruction within a structured, ambitious, and jubilant school community.

“The Clarksdale Collegiate Board of Directors and I are thrilled about the decision and look forward to serving students and families in the community. We will continue to work relentlessly to ensure Clarksdale Collegiate is an excellent school that works with families to ensure all children are supported on their path to college success,” stated Amanda Johnson, Executive Director of Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School.

Charter schools in Mississippi are public schools that operate independently of the local school district. Charter schools are free, open-enrollment public schools which means that there are no enrollment requirements. Clarksdale Collegiate will open with 150 students and is now enrolling K, 1st, and 2nd grade students for the 2018-2019 school year through their website at www.clarksdalecollegiate.org/enroll. If more than 150 students sign up to attend the school, students will be selected through a random lottery in March. Clarksdale Collegiate will grow by one grade each year until they serve students in K-8th grade students.

Amanda Johnson, along with the Clarksdale Collegiate Board of Directors, is leading the work of founding the school. Amanda is bringing over 13 years of educational experience which includes teaching in a traditional district school and serving as a founding School Director of KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy in Helena, AR. As a resident of Clarksdale, she is committed to opening and leading a high performing school for families in and around Clarksdale.

“The approval of Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School means that Clarksdale will be home to the first charter school in the Mississippi Delta. We are extremely humbled by the opportunity and excited to celebrate the approval with the community,” Johnson expressed. Clarksdale Collegiate will hold an event this Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm at the Coahoma County Expo Grounds to celebrate. There will be food, games, and opportunities to learn more about Clarksdale Collegiate. All are welcome to attend.

Visit www.clarksdalecollegiate.org to learn more about Clarksdale Collegiate or to enroll your child. Job opportunities will also be posted on the school’s website in the coming weeks.

Informational Presentation on Thursday, September 28

Amanda Johnson, lead founder, will present information about Clarksdale Collegiate and be available to answer questions. This meeting is open to the public. Parents and guardians of children 5 years old or younger are encouraged to attend to learn all about Clarksdale Collegiate. The meeting will be held in the conference room of Carnegie Public Library (114 Delta Ave). | Thursday, September 28th – 4:00 – 5:00