Colonial Middle School Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA)

at 1370 Colonial Rd , 38117

Arts. Academics. Athletics. Working Together To Create Student Success! Marty Pettigrew, Principal Pamela M. Williams, CAPA Coordinator The five stars in our school logo represent our vision of "Five Star Service". The five stars represent: 1. Connected Students: Students who have personal integrity, civic awareness, workplace literacy and academic proficiency. 2. Connected Staff: Staff members who are caring, have high expectations and who are committed to diverse strategies for learning. 3. Connected Parents: Parents who are aware of their child's development socially, emotionally and academically, parents who model life long learning, and parents who are involved in the mission and vision of Colonial. 4. Connected Community Members: Adopters who mentor and tutor students, and who are available to participate in various school activities. 5. Connected Programs: Athletics, Fine Arts, and Academic Programs that promote student success.

Colonial Middle School Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA)
1370 Colonial Rd
Memphis , TN 38117
United States
Contact Phone
P: 901-416-5247 - CAPA Office / 901-416-8980 - School Office


Celebrating 57 years of excellence in academics and the arts, Colonial Middle School offers students a world-class education in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility. Colonial offers Optional Programs in both Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) and Enriched Academics, helping students to cultivate their talents in the realms of creativity, the visual and performing arts, and academics. Students enrolled in the school’s CAPA Program gain exposure to cultural appreciation, broaden their creative abilities, develop performance skills, and combine academic excellence with superior instruction in the arts. Colonial’s CAPA students have a proven success record in local, regional, and international performance festivals, workshops, and competitions. Colonial students have the opportunity to travel all over the world to participate in these events, and in recent years, they have traveled to China, Italy, Germany, Austria, England, France, and Canada, as well as throughout the United States, including Hawaii. Students in Colonial’s Enriched Academics Program engage in challenging coursework in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Creative Learning in a Unique Environment (CLUE)* is also available for eligible students. Students may enroll in advanced classes in core subject areas, in addition to exploratory courses in Art, Band, Choir, General Music, Computer, Facing History and Ourselves, Spanish, Teen Living, Health, and Physical Education. Students wishing to get a head start on their high school education may enroll in Algebra I✦ and Spanish I✦ for high school credit. Physical Science is also taught to eighth grade students who qualify. Field trips and extracurricular activities help to create a well-rounded middle school experience for all Colonial Middle School students. Colonial has earned a well-deserved reputation for success in nurturing each student’s unique talents. Colonial’s Drama Program has produced many highly successful performers, including Deidra Shores, who was previously selected from among 40,000 applicants to become the winner of The Today Show’s national Kid Reporter Contest. In addition to being nurtured in academics and the arts, Colonial students are encouraged to be well rounded by developing positive character traits, becoming responsible citizens, and developing their athletic skills. * Students must meet eligibility requirements to participate. ✦ These courses have prerequisites. Participation is dependent on grades from the previous school year and standardized achievement test results.

Opening time

  • Mondays: 06:00- 18:30
  • Tuesdays: 06:00- 18:30
  • Wednesdays: 06:00- 18:30
  • Thursdays: 06:00- 18:30
  • Fridays: 06:00- 18:30

If you're interested in serving on Colonial’s PTSA Board or Site Base Decision Council, nominations are open! Nominations will be accepted until August 14. We will vote at our Title I/Meet The Teacher Event on Thursday, August 14 at 5:00 PM.

Published on 2014-08-04 03:33:59 GMT

Colonial students will complete their fist Student Data Day tomorrow. Parents please ask your child to share the experience with you. Homeroom teachers will have student data folders for you to view.

Published on 2014-09-17 03:01:35 GMT

Ridgeway Football game Vs Colonial MS on Sep.17th Game time (5:30Pm). Ridgeway Homecoming Game. Tickets at gate will be $6. Please alert all parents, guests, faculty, staff and coaches of the time change and gate price of $6. All Pre-sold tickets from Colonial Middle school will be honored at gate w/ a representative present during the game.

Published on 2014-09-16 00:41:36 GMT

Tomorrow is Jersey Day. Students may wear denim (real denim) jeans with no holes or patches if they donate $1 to support Athletics. Wednesday is Spirit Day. Students may wear red, white and blue shirts or a combination of red, white or blue. If they donate $1 to Athletics, they may wear denim jeans with no holes.

Published on 2014-09-08 22:48:15 GMT

We had a smooth first day. Good start with the 20 of our 80/20! Colonial has a great team of teachers.

Published on 2014-08-04 22:26:52 GMT

Attention: All Colonial Middle School Parents Your help is needed for PTA signup Tuesday, January 29, 2014. We will have two shifts 9:00am-11:00am and 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Please let us know if you can volunteer during any of these times. Parent Support is Vital to A School's Success. Let's make this a great year! Inbox Joann Massey or reply here with questions.

Published on 2014-07-28 03:13:41 GMT

THE NEW TCAP SCORES (2014) ARE BACK!!! If your Optional Application was not approved because of test scores, OR if you qualified for CAPA and want to see if you also qualify for Enriched Academics, 1. Pick up the new test scores at the SCS Board of Education - Room 132 2. Go to the Optional Schools Office and re-submit an application with a copy of the FINAL Report Card attached. (You may get the application at the Optional Schools Office) Note: if your TCAP Scores are still not high enough, you have the option of making an appointment to be privately tested with a psychological examiner. Inbox me for names of examiners and information.

Published on 2014-07-24 13:13:20 GMT

2014-15 ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE Online pre-registration is now available for the 2014-15 school year. The online pre-registration process allows parents to complete several of the required registration forms, cutting down on the time spent on registration day at the school. Please note, parents must still visit their child's assigned school to complete the registration process on Tuesday, July 29, between the hours of 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m.

Published on 2014-07-24 03:53:04 GMT

All schools and District offices will be closed on Monday, February 23, due to inclement weather. All before-/after-care programs, school events and evening activities are also canceled. Please be safe.

Published on 2015-02-23 03:35:53 GMT

All schools and district offices will be closed on Monday, February 23 due to inclement weather.

Published on 2015-02-23 03:45:11 GMT

Parent Conferences are from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm tomorrow. You may sign up on the school web page. For Valentines Day students may wear an out of uniform red shirt with black, kaki, or navy slacks. Please do not send balloons or flowers to school on Friday! Happy Valentines Weekend!

Published on 2015-02-12 01:45:30 GMT

Congratulations to Colonial Creative Scholastic Writing Winners Receiving Honorable Mention for their work: David Freeman – “Gift of Love”, Poetry Elias Guy – “It Was Only a Dream”, Science Fiction/Fantasy Cheyenne James – “His Addiction”, Short Story Cameron Jennings – “The Citizen”, Science Fiction/Fantasy Rakiyah Robinson – “Another Holocaust?”, Critical Essay Aniyah Suong – “Those Noises Next Door”, Science Fiction/Fantasy Dylan Williams – “The Zombie World”, Science Fiction/Fantasy Receiving Silver Keys for their work: Padethkane (padekhan) Rasasack – “The World Goes On”, Science Fiction/Fantasy Diana Rodriguez – “The Black Diamond”, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Published on 2015-02-03 23:49:52 GMT

Next week is our first PTP (Parent-Teacher-Principal) Cohort Meeting with Eric Booth, "The Father of the Teaching Artist" Profession! It will take place on Thursday, September 3rd from 5:00 - 6:30 pm at: Colonial Middle School - Library 1370 Colonial Rd Memphis, TN 38117 We will discuss the various benefits of having a music professional in your classroom. Interested parents are encouraged to attend this PTP Cohort meeting, forward this email to them! I only request that they RSVP to me, Morgan Beckford, at

Published on 2015-08-28 22:38:38 GMT

Power is off at Colonial due to the storm. Hopefully, it will be restored by noon. We encourage those who have not yet completed the registration process to do so in the morning. The school will answer questions and refer you to another location to complete the process. Staff will be available at the school at 8:30 Please complete online registration so that we can have schedules for Monday and no later than Tuesday. Thanks for working with us!

Published on 2015-08-07 01:08:15 GMT

71% of Colonial Middle School Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA) students have registered! It should be an easier registration day from previous years!

Published on 2015-08-04 01:56:54 GMT

Registration times for all SCS: • July 20-24: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Friday, 10 a.m. – Noon • July 27: Monday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 – 7 p.m. • July 28-31: Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Friday, 10 a.m. – Noon • August 4: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Published on 2015-07-21 00:18:13 GMT

CLIP Institute ELA Grades 6-8: Planning and Delivering Effective Whole Group Instruction– June 1, June 29, and July 20 CLIP Institute ELA Grades 6-8: Planning and Delivering Effective Small Group Instruction– June 2, June 30, and July 1 CLIP Institute ELA Grades 6-8: The Reading and Writing Connection- June 3, July 1, and July 22

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