Briarcrest is a co-educational, non-denominational school for grades K2-12 with enrollment of approximately 1,650 students.

Quick Facts

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  • Accreditation

    Briarcrest has Dual A
    ccreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Briarcrest is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, Memphis Association of Independent Schools, and the College Board, Memphis Association of Independent Schools (MAIS),Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, National Council for the Social Studies, Memphis-Shelby County Teachers of English, and Tennessee Council of Teacher of English, Tennessee Association Independent Schools, (TACA) Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association
  • Co-Educational

    At Briarcrest - as in the real world - both girls and boys occupy leadership positions within the school and participate fully in the life of the school.
  • 99% College Placement

    Briarcrest sends 99% of the student body to colleges and universities nationwide, including Ivy League schools and other prestigious institutions of higher learning. 
  • Advanced Placement Courses

    All of our classes are college preparatory. In addition to core courses, advanced courses, and electives, Briarcrest offers 14 Advanced Placement courses. Briarcrest students taking Advanced Placement (AP) are often eligible to receive possible college credit.  

    We will also offer a Dual Enrollment programs with Union University and University of Memphis allowing 11th and 12th grade students to earn college credits while finishing their high school graduation requirements.  
  • Class Size and Faculty

    Briarcrest's average class size is 18 students. Our student/teacher ratio is 11:1. Our talented faculty are experienced educators - our faculty averages 16 years of teaching experience. Seventy-four faculty members have Master's degrees, two have EdD degrees and three have JD degrees. Forty-three faculty and staff members are alumni.
  • Campus & Facilities

    Our beautiful campus located on 90 acres in Eads, Tennessee offers a “one-stop-shop” for two-year old preschool through 12th grade at our Houston Levee campus. This location is ideally located between Collierville, Germantown, Cordova, Eads, Arlington and Fayette County.  

    We have we also have a newly-renovated, state-of-the art strength and conditioning room.  This new facility and our comprehensive strength and conditioning program has been specifically designed to offer each student athlete a workout and training program that is taliored for their individual sport. Saints Sportsplex also features a new film and media room in the Saints-Wilson Fieldhouse that is used for team flim watching, team meetings, and other special events.  The new film and media room seats up to 100 people.  

    One of the centerpieces of the Houston Levee campus is the $7 million Sparks Chapel and Performing Arts Center.  This beautiful 1,000-seat chapel and performing arts center features a full theatrical stage, full dressing rooms, an elite sound and lighting package and is considered one of top performing arts facilty in the Mid-South.  

    Our East Memphis campus is dedicated to serving as a full-service elementary school for students from two-year old preschool through 5th grade. Many grades enjoy smaller student-teacher ratios. Students benefit from the same program of studies as elementary students at the Houston Levee campus, but also enjoy the luxury of having access to the facilities at the East Memphis campus. 
  • Athletics

    Briarcrest offers 17 sports teams in grades K-12. Our teams have produced state championships and many Briarcrest students have received athletic scholarships to many SEC schools.  In 2016, eighteen of our student athletes comitted to play sports at the collegiate level representing football (3), golf (4), soccer (3), basketball (1), lacrosse (3), and track and cross country (1) at colleges and universities across the U.S.

    Our Athletic Program is among the most comprehensive and successful in the Mid-South area.  We have the privilege of playing in the TSSAA Division II West AA for large schools. We offer the most comprehensive program of boys’ and girls’ sports, including football, soccer, volleyball, cross country, golf, basketball, wrestling, bowling, swimming, trap shooting, baseball, softball, lacrosse, track, tennis and cheerleading.

    Seventy-two 2016 Briarcrest student athletes were named to The Commercial Appeal’s Best of Preps as All-Metro Team this year. Six were named as a Top Five finalist. Two student athletes were named finalists for Athletes of the Year and one was voted finalist for Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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  • Fine Arts

    The breadth and quality of our fine arts program is second to none. In our elementary program, we have a wonderful music and visual arts program. In middle and high school, we offer the full spectrum of choir, band, theater, and visual arts. These programs have been recognized with numerous individual and group awards for excellence.
  • Christian Ministry

    Our Christian faith is integrated throughout all of our programs and courses of study. As an outreach of our Christian mission and philosophy, we have a great community service program. We also sponsor mission trips, both at home and abroad, that minister to people’s needs and provide opportunities to share God’s love.
  • Summer Programs

    Briarcrest offers academic and enrichment programs, as well as sports programs for boys and girls ages 5-15. In addition to this website, you can get more information by calling Briarcamp Director, Jeannie Potts, 901-765-4600.
  • Tuition Assistance

    We believe that qualified students who desire an education at Briarcrest Christian School should not be turned away because they cannot pay full tuition. Therefore, we have established a tuition assistance program to help families in need. Tuition assistance is awarded strictly on the basis of need in a completely confidential process. Briarcrest does not award any athletic or academic merit scholarships.
  • Admissions

    To learn more about Briarcrest or to schedule a tour of our campus, please contact our Admissions Office at (901) 765-4605 or by email at
  • Briarcrest History

    The rich heritage of Briarcrest Christian School lies in an unwavering commitment to Christian principles and academic excellence. Since 1973, the school system has provided its educational program to students from across the Mid-South.

    Over forty years later, approximately 6,500 graduates attest to the success of the school's mission to educate students in an environment where students can excel in all areas of student life. Briarcrest seeks to employ the best faculty in the region -- teachers possessing specialized higher academic degrees. We seek more than academic proficiency, our teachers and staff function as role models exemplifying Christ's teachings in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage and in all student activities.

    Our entire faculty and staff are committed to Briarcrest's distinctive mission that combines academic excellence with Christian character development.

    Programs for kindergarten through Grade 8 were begun in 1973, and a program for Grades 9-12 was added in 1974.

    By 2012, Briarcrest offered an accredited preschool program beginning with Little Saints (two-year-olds) through Pre-K (4 year-olds).
  • Governance

    The Briarcrest Christian School System, Inc., is operated as a not-for-profit corporation. A 17-member Board of Trustees operates the school system through the Administrative Staff. The Board is a self-perpetuating body which is representative of the constituency of the school.
  • Professional Affiliations

    Briarcrest Christian School is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) . The elementary and preschool programs are accredited by the Tennessee Department of Education. Briarcrest is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)The College Board, Memphis Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, National Council for the Social Studies, Memphis-Shelby County Teachers of English, and Tennessee Council of Teachers of English, (TAIS) Tennessee Association of Independent Schools and (TACA) Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association.
  • Facilities

    East Memphis Campus (PreK2-Grade 5)
    6000 Briarcrest Avenue, Memphis, TN 38120

    Houston Levee Campus (PreK2-Grade 12)
    76 South Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028


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  • In 2016,

    graduates were awarded over $12,000,000 in scholarships.
  • 99%

    of all Briarcrest graduates matriculate to well-respected colleges and universities in the Southeast and across the U.S. including top- tier academic schools such as, U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, U.S. Naval Academy, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Southern Methodist University, Princeton, Dartmouth and Rhodes, as well as Christian colleges and universities like Baylor, Samford and Union.
  • Academically-Gifted Students

    Briarcrest has outstanding programs for academically gifted students, including Plus, Passport, Honors and Advancement Placement courses.
  • 14 AP Courses

    Briarcrest offers 14 Advanced Placement courses for possible college credit. We offer Dual Enrollment programs with Union University and University of Memphis which allows 11th and 12th grade students to earn college credit while finishing their high school graduation requirements.
  • 25% Higher than National Average on ACT

    In the Class of 2016, the top 25% have achieve approximately 10 points higher than the national average on the ACT. 
  • Faculty Averaging 17 Years of Teaching Experience

    The Briarcrest faculty averages 17 years of teaching experience. Seventy-four faculty members have Master's degrees, two have EdD degrees and three have JD degrees. Forty-four faculty members are alumni.
  • 11:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

    Our student to faculty ratio is 11:1 and class average size is about 18 students per classroom.
  • On-Campus, Specialized Academic Tutoring Program

    We offer an on-campus academic tutoring program that is offered to any BCS student before, during or after school designed to meet each students’ individual needs and promote a successful learning experience at Briarcrest.

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