School Policies

Nondiscrimination Policy

MUS admits students without regard to race, color, creed, or national or ethnic origin and seeks students with the potential for college studies. We offer need-based financial aid to qualified students.

Mission, Creed, Honor System

List of 4 items.

  • Mission Statement and Philosophy

    Memphis University School is a college-preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence, cultivation of service and leadership, and the development of well-rounded young men of strong moral character, consistent with the school’s Christian tradition.


    Memphis University School is committed to high standards of honor and integrity, academic performance, service, leadership, and athletics, and to the transmission of Judeo-Christian values.

    An MUS education is characterized by a rigorous curriculum, a lively exchange of ideas, supportive teaching, and adherence to an honor code. Its objective is to instruct students in the skills and subject matter of the humanities and sciences, to engender successful habits and techniques of learning, and to instill the foremost principles of personal responsibility, morality, and gentlemanly conduct.

    A dynamic extracurricular program devoted to excellence promotes leadership and service and encourages development of physical fitness and a rich variety of talents and interests. Non-denominational and non-sectarian, MUS seeks to foster a respectful appreciation of the spiritual nature of people and honors the sincere expression of widely differing faiths. MUS aspires to be a community of mutual respect and concern regardless of individual differences.
  • Community Creed

    Written by members of the Class of 2001, the Community Creed was approved by the Student Council and adopted as a statement of the ideals and virtues that have governed student behavior and attitudes since the inception of the school.

    Community Creed

    As students of Memphis University School, we share a duty to preserve our tradition of general excellence by upholding the principles that define and unify our community.

    Truth and Honor
    An MUS student tells the truth, does his own work, honors his commitments, and respects the property of others and of the school.

    An MUS student actively seeks knowledge and understanding, and he encourages that pursuit among his classmates.

    An MUS student contributes his time and abilities to the welfare of his school and of the greater community.

    An MUS student is courteous and kind and appreciates everyone in his community.

    An MUS student may be confident but never arrogant or boastful.

    An MUS student develops leadership, cooperation, communication, self-discipline, and friendships in activities outside the classroom.

    An MUS student takes responsibility for his actions and accepts their consequences.
  • Honor System and Council

    Honor and integrity characterize a school worthy of respect. From its earliest days, Memphis University School has developed these virtues through the Honor System. An integral part of the life of the students, the Honor System aids the school in its mission of developing a boy’s character and enriching his spiritual life. Learn more about the Honor System, Oath of Honor, and Honor Council under Student Leadership HERE.
  • School Hymn

    Dear MUS, How kind the fate
    that brought us to these halls
    To learn thy ways,
    To walk in truth and honor all our days.
    We pray that we shall always honor Thee.
    Let us all unite to sing
    To Alma Mater, Friend, and Leader,

    - John Murry Springfield

School Policies

List of 3 items.

  • Emergencies, Weather Closings

    During adverse weather conditions, administrators monitor the situation and decide when the school will close or follow abbreviated hours. The decision is posted on the school’s website and social media as soon as it is made, so please do not call or message school officials or administrative offices.

    The school also calls, emails, and texts families during school emergencies and closings. These emergency notifications are called Owls Alerts. For us to contact you, we need accurate contact information and your permission to text you.

    If you need to update your contact information, go to the Profile Update page of our website. You must also text "YES" to 87569 to allow us to text you.

    The school responds to severe weather and other emergencies with a practiced procedure of securing students as quickly and as safely as possible in the most secure environment that the facilities offer.

    In any real emergency, students are not to leave campus without permission from the administration. Buildings are safer than vehicles during these events, and the driving lanes on campus must be as free as possible for emergency vehicles or for the orderly dismissal from school once conditions improve according to the National Weather Service.

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  • School Handbook

    The MUS U Book is a comprehensive annual handbook of policies and contact information. It is provided to current MUS families, and may not be used for solicitation or commercial purpose. For confidentiality reasons only policies are provided here.
  • Social Media/School Identity Policy

    This document briefly outlines school policy about social media, use of school identity, and publishing guidelines. Contact the Communications Office with any questions.

Administrative Team:

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Peter Sanders

    Pete Sanders 

    Headmaster, History Instructor
    (901) 260-1310
    University of Virginia - MEd
    Queen's University - MA
    St. Lawrence University - BA
  • Photo of Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown 

    Security Dir.
    (901) 260-1311
    LeMoyne-Owen College - BA
  • Photo of Elizabeth Copeland

    Liz Copeland 

    Communications Dir.
    (901) 260-1357
    University of Memphis - BPS
  • Photo of Joseph Cummings

    Joe Cummings 

    Admissions & Enrollment Management Dir., Lacrosse Head Coach
    (901) 260-1423
    University of Maryland - BA
    Vanderbilt University - MEd
  • Photo of Lewis Humphreys

    McKee Humphreys 01

    Assoc. Headmaster, Interim Principal Lower School
    (901) 260-1391
    Vanderbilt University - MA
    University of Mississippi - BA
  • Photo of William Ray

    Barry Ray 

    Asst. Headmaster, Principal Upper School, History Instructor
    (901) 260-1323
    University of Memphis - MEd
    Sewanee: The University of the South - BA