Schools of Thought

An overview of the educational opportunities available in the Memphis area.




Photograph by AMIE VANDERFORD

MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS

2597 Avery Ave. | 416-5300
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Memphis City Schools (MCS) is the largest public school system in Tennessee and the 23rd largest metropolitan school system in the nation. MCS operates 217 schools, employs more than 16,000 workers, and serves more than 105,000 students. Fifty-five percent of its teachers have advanced degrees, and 63 percent have at least 11 years of teaching experience. MCS administers 44 optional schools, offering students accelerated programs and intensive studies in fields such as health sciences, engineering, creative and performing arts, technology, and aviation. MCS also operates two special education schools, Avon Lenox and Shrine School.

MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS OPTIONAL PROGRAMS

Two types of optional programs operate in the Memphis City Schools. Twenty-nine schools use the school-within-a-school approach, which offers the Optional Program in addition to traditional classes and programs. Fifteen of the programs are optional only, meaning that all students enrolled in specific grades participate in the optional program. In the following school profiles, optional-only schools are designated with an asterisk (*).

*Balmoral Ridgeway Elementary School

5905 Grosvenor Ave. (38119) | 416-2128 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School. Balmoral Ridgeway is a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy: a commitment to high quality and a challenging international education for all students.

Bellevue Middle School

575 S. Bellevue Blvd. (38104) | 416-4488 | Grades: 6-8
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program emphasizes the liberal arts with a focus on honors language arts/English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Electives include conversational Spanish, band, art, computer science, orchestra (strings), choir, musical keyboarding, drama, and teen living.

Dr. William Herbert Brewster Elementary

2605 Sam Cooper Blvd. (38112) | 416-7150 | Grades 1-5
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics/M.A.S.T. program emphasizes accelerated learning in math, arts, science, and technology. This new facility is equipped with the latest technology and houses 36 classrooms that include music and art rooms, science and computer labs, a library-media center, and a multipurpose room.

Brownsville Road Elementary School

5292 Banbury (38135) | 416-4300 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics program schedules students into enriched math, science, and language arts classes where higher-level skills are emphasized. Course offerings include International Studies and computer technology skills. Students also develop artistic talents through art classes.

*Carnes Elementary School

943 J.W. Williams Ln. (38105) | 416-3206 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: The Environmental Science program encourages students to actually become environmental scientists in the classroom. The program will incorporate the use of an outdoor classroom, laboratory experiences, field trips, and speakers into a balanced academic program which integrates environmental science into the core curriculum.

Central High School

306 S. Bellevue Blvd. (38104) | 416-4500 | Grades: 9-12
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Optional Program: The College Preparatory program offers quality academics for college-bound students from across the city including honors-level courses in all subjects. During their sophomore, junior, and senior years, students may earn college credit through Advanced Placement courses in 15 areas. Four years of foreign language study are also available. A new classroom building, a 1,500 seat gymnasium, and state-of-the-art library and science facilities round out the facility.

Colonial Middle School

1370 Colonial Rd. (38117) | 416-8980 | Grades: 6-8
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Optional Program: Arts and Academics. The Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Program focuses on art, vocal music, instrumental music, orchestra, drama, creative writing, dance, and piano. Through the Enriched Academics program, students participate in academically challenging courses in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Additionally, eighth-grade students may take Honors Spanish and Algebra 1 for high school credit. Clubs and extracurricular activities, in addition to local, national, and international field trips, create a well-rounded experience.

*Cordova Elementary School

750 Sanga Rd.  | Cordova (38018) | 416-1700 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics program emphasizes innovative teaching and learning strategies, such as the Reading Renaissance/Accelerated Reader program, the Stanford Math program, and inquiry-based problem solving. Exploratory classes include computer, physical education, Orff, and instrumental music.

*Cordova Middle School

900 Sanga Rd. | Cordova (38018) | 416-2189 | Grades: 6-8
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program builds on Cordova Elementary’s foundation. Networked classrooms allow for the sharing of innovative educational software. Incorporating audio and video equipment with computer technology allows students to produce multimedia projects.

Craigmont High School

3333 Covington Pike (38128) | 416-4312 | Grades: 9-12
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Optional Program: The College Preparatory for International Studies program focuses on social studies, arts, language arts, and foreign languages. The program exposes students to issues of international scope to foster understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. Collaborations with Memphis In May, the Chamber of Commerce, and various civic organizations expose students to the international scene.

Craigmont Middle School

3455 Covington Pike (38128) | 416-7780 | Grades: 6-8
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics/International Studies program prepares students to live and work successfully in an increasingly global society. This focus allows them to better understand cultures and people of the world via a concentration in foreign languages and social studies, including international activities, music, and the arts.

*Cummings School

1037 Cummings (38106) | 416-7810 | Grades: 1-8
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Optional Program: Developing Masterful Mathematical Minds (DM³) offers students a world-class education with an emphasis on mathematics. Since math skills are critical in helping prepare students to master other academic skills, students enrolled in the DM³ program are developing math skills by integrating them into other areas of the curriculum.

*Delano Elementary

1716 Delano (38127) | 416-3932 | Grades: 1-6
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Optional Program: With an emphasis on Computer/Technology integrated throughout the instructional program, students develop critical thinking, reasoning, communication, reading, writing, and math skills. Students engage in real world experiences using multimedia, computer technology, digital cameras, and closed circuit TV. Delano received the U.S. Department of Education’s “No Child Left Behind” Blue Ribbon Award for being among the most academically superior schools in Tennessee and the nation.

*Double Tree Elementary School

4560 Double Tree (38109) | 416-8144 | Grades: K-6
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Optional Program: As a modified Montessori/Technology school, Double Tree offers concepts like multi-age grouping, nongraded work, and individualized instruction in grades K-3. Students in grades 4-6 communicate ideas and share knowledge with other schools around the world using computers and technology.

Douglass High School

3200 Mt. Olive Rd. (38108) | 416-0990 | Grades: 9-11
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Optional Program: The Public Service and Communication Arts program offers students a unique academic experience in a state-of-the-art learning facility. As one of the district’s newest Optional Schools, Douglass offers expert instruction in the fields of public service and communication arts with courses in public speaking and Facing History and Ourselves. Hands-on experiences with nonprofit organizations and government institutions are also provided. Douglass’ program is designed for students who want to develop their leadership skills with the goal of making a difference in their communities and beyond. A partnership with Tennessee State University offers dual enrollment courses and scholarship opportunities.

*Douglass School

1650 Ash St. (38108) | 416-5946 | Grades: *K-5, 6-8
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Optional Program: Media Arts and Public Service (M.A.P.S.) via Micro Society at Douglass School offers students a unique academic experience in a fully functional representation of microcosms, such as a post office or the mayor’s office, in their classrooms. Activities conducted allow students to learn not only entrepreneurial concepts but also to develop skills in the areas of critical thinking, reasoning, communication, reading, writing, and math. Students also participate in Consumer Days and demonstrate their citizenship responsibilities through service projects. In addition to providing lessons on public service, staff members also offer expert instruction in media arts and public service, through which students gain knowledge in photography concepts, aspects of film, video, and electronic media.

Downtown Elementary School

10 North Fourth St. (38103) | 416-8400 | Grades: 1-6
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics/Social Studies program places special emphasis on social studies and provides enrichment in all basic courses. Field trips to business, historical, educational, and cultural sites downtown are part of every child’s learning experiences. Guest speakers from businesses and civic organizations, as well as parents who work and live near the school, enhance each child’s learning potential.

East High School

3206 Poplar Ave. (38111) | 416-6160 | Grades: 9-12
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Optional Program: The College Preparatory for Health Sciences/Allied Health/Engineering/Computer Science program is designed for students who want to pursue careers in health sciences, allied health, computer science, and engineering. The program provides a learning environment that focuses on academic achievement and technology. Top colleges and universities recruit East High graduates.

*John P. Freeman Optional School

5250 Tulane Rd. (38109) | 416-3156 | Grades: 1-8
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program is designed to stimulate creativity and develop critical thinking skills. The accelerated academic curriculum is broadened by introducing students to a varied range of cultural activities that motivate learning. Freeman is the only totally optional school for grades one through eight in the district. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Freeman is among the most academically superior schools in the state and nation. John P. Freeman Optional School was a 2008 recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Blue Ribbon Award for continuous student achievement.

Grahamwood Elementary School

3950 Summer Ave. (38122) | 416-5952 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics program encourages students to achieve a high level of learning through the challenge of a strong academic program taught by an experienced and knowledgeable faculty who provide successful learning for all students. Parental involvement plays a vital role.

Havenview Middle School

1481 Hester Ln. (38116) | 416-3092 | Grades: 6-8
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Optional Program: The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program offers an opportunity for students to engage in a stimulating curriculum that enables them to develop skills and knowledge that will help them as they prepare for future careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

*Idlewild Elementary School

1950 Linden Ave. (38104) | 416-4566 | Grades: K-5
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Optional Program: The Enriched Science and Technology Optional Program combines an emphasis on academic excellence with a commitment to making the classroom a challenging, engaging, and productive place.

Keystone Elementary School

4301 Old Allen Rd. (38128) | 416-3924 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: ECO – Educating Children Through the Outdoors is the focus at Keystone, where enriched academic learning opportunities come in a variety of packages: primary/intermediate CLUE; outdoor classroom (gardens, pond, “grow rooms,” and amphitheatre); field experiences; a fully operational science lab; two fully staffed computer labs; and weekly instruction in the visual arts, music, computer, library, and physical education. Keystone has earned numerous awards, including the 2004 No Child Left Behind – National Blue Ribbon Award; and 2007 and 2008 EPIC Silver Gain Awards for academic achievement.

Kingsbury High School

1270 N. Graham (38122) | 416-6060 | Grades: 9-12
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Optional Program: Technology/Careers/Military Science. Kingsbury is a multicultural learning institution with a dual path geared toward academics and technology. The goal is to educate students with appropriate and rigorous challenges in order to better prepare them for possible careers in the military, math, science, medicine, and computer technology.

*Lester School

320 Carpenter (38112) | 416-5969 | Grades: *1-5, 6-8
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Optional Program: Focused Literacy/Technology/Pre-Engineering. Focused literacy is an instructional concentration designed to raise the level of students’ skills in all areas of language arts, including reading comprehension, writing, and conversation. The school contains two computer labs and offers Internet access in the classrooms. Lester utilizes a Podcasting Lab as part of the school’s technology-focused curriculum.

*Oak Forest Elementary School

7440 Nonconnah View Cove (38119) | 416-2257 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School. Oak Forest is a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy: a commitment to high quality, challenging international education that Oak Forest believes is important for all students.

Overton High School

1770 Lanier Ln. (38117) | 416-2136 | Grades 9-12
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Optional Program: Creative and Performing Arts. Students are given the opportunity to develop their creative and artistic expression through an intense study in vocal music, instrumental music, music theory, jazz improvisation, orchestra, dance, drama, visual art, digital art, piano, broadcasting, and creative writing. Optional students develop a synergy by learning together in their own CAPA Academy. All CAPA students are encouraged to take the most rigorous AP and Honors courses available while studying at Overton.

Peabody Elementary School

2086 Young Ave. (38104) | 416-4606 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: Enriched Academics/International Studies. Peabody is a multicultural mecca. While providing the traditional MCS curriculum, it also offers an Enriched Academics Optional Program, incorporating international studies as a distinguishing feature.

Ridgeway High School

2009 Ridgeway Rd. (38119) | 416-8820 | Grades: 9-11
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Optional Program: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). Ridgeway underwent a rigorous, multiyear authorization process through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to receive authorization to open the school’s new International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Ninth- and tenth-grade students engage in a challenging college preparatory curriculum that prepares them for the rigorous IB program when they are juniors.

Ridgeway Middle School

6333 Quince (38119) | 416-1588 | Grades: 6-8
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Optional Program: The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) focuses on developing well-rounded, internationally minded students who are principled thinkers and reflective risk-takers. Innovative and award-winning teachers prepare students to be successful in the IB program and the community.

Riverwood Elementary School

1330 Stern Lane, Cordova (38016) | 416-1750 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: The Environmental Science and Community Service program offers students exciting opportunities to engage in interactive explorations of the world around them. The curriculum integrates the latest technology with hands-on learning activities.

*Rozelle Elementary School

993 Roland (38114) | 416-4612 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: Creative and Performing Arts. Instructors at Rozelle use the arts to teach academic subjects as well as to develop students’ talents. Artistic talents are enhanced through Encore classes in visual arts, music, drama, creative writing, and dance.

Sherwood Elementary School

1156 Robin Hood (38111) | 416-4864 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: The Academic Enrichment Through the Arts program requires students to read children’s classic literature, current books, and periodicals. Problem-solving and critical-thinking activities are used to develop students’ listening, speaking, observing, and writing skills. Involvement by Arts Memphis, Brooks Museum of Art, and Dixon Gallery and Gardens enriches the program.

Snowden School

1870 N. Parkway (38112) | 416-4621 | Grades: 1-8
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program offers students a challenging curriculum that stresses academics, creativity, and social development. The elementary program gives students an opportunity for in-depth study in language arts, math, social studies, art, and science from grades one through five. In grades six through eight, students participate in language arts, social studies, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and collaborative laboratory experiences with nearby Rhodes College.

*Springdale-Memphis Magnet Elementary School

880 N. Hollywood St. (38108) | 416-4883 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: Exploratory Learning provides an innovative environment that encourages and challenges creative thinking and investigation. This initiative is supported by a science laboratory and a computer lab. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a school orchestra, choir, chess, art, and elementary harp instruction, which is the only program of this type in the state.

Treadwell Elementary School

3538 Given (38122) | 416-6130 | Grades: K-1
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Optional Program: The Dual Language Immersion program offers students an exciting opportunity to acquire bilingual skills in a culturally diverse school environment. Groups of native English-speaking students are paired with groups of native speakers of another language to provide both a unique foreign language immersion experience.

*Vollentine Elementary School

1682 Vollintine (38107) | 416-4632 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: Individually Guided Education (IGE) incorporates a comprehensive support system involving the use of team-teaching, departmentalization, shared decision-making, collaborative planning, heterogeneous grouping, and the use of multilevel, multicultural, and multimedia materials.

Whitehaven Elementary School

4783 Elvis Presley Blvd. (38116) | 416-7431 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics program features enriched academics with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The STEM curriculum engages students in hands-on, multidisciplinary challenges designed to build the math, science, and problem-solving skills needed to compete in today’s technology-based world. This new program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for academic success.

Whitehaven High School

4851 Elvis Presley Blvd (38116) | 416-3000 | Grades: 9-12
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Optional Program: The College Preparatory/Business and Finance program provides a broad scope of student opportunities ranging from a finance program emphasizing career preparation to a college prep program that includes Advanced Placement classes designed to prepare students for the rigors of college work.

White Station High School

514 S. Perkins (38117) | 416-8880 | Grades: 9-12
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Optional Program: College Preparatory. White Station High has appeared on Newsweek’s list of top high schools. The Optional Program is designed to provide a broad liberal arts foundation for students in the fields of science, mathematics, medicine, law, architecture, education, business, computer science, and public/social service. During the sophomore, junior, and senior years, students may earn college credit through Advanced Placement courses in 20 areas. Students are accepted to the nation’s most competitive universities.

White Station Middle School

5465 Mason (38120) | 416-2184 | Grades: 6-8
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Optional Program: The College Preparatory program provides academically enriched instruction in English, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, and foreign languages in a state-of-the-art facility.

Willow Oaks Elementary School

4417 Willow (38117) | 416-2196 | Grades: 1-5
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics program offers a curriculum that exceeds state performance standards in reading, mathematics, science, social studies, computer technology, and the arts. Cross-curriculum technology projects, power writing, and field trips further enhance the program. Additional resources include two state-of-the-art computer labs, teacher and student workstations, Smart Board technology, a computerized library, a well-equipped media center, and a teacher resource center.

Wooddale High School

5151 Scottsdale (38118) | 416-2440• Grades: 9-12
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Optional Program: The College Preparatory and Aviation/Travel and Tourism program is designed for students seeking a strong varied liberal arts foundation. Students follow a broad outline for a major in English, mathematics, science, or social studies. The aviation/travel and tourism program is an integrated aeronautics curriculum that enhances the study of math, science, engineering, technology, travel and tourism with emphasis on preparing students for post-secondary education or training in these fields.

Wooddale Middle School

3467 Castleman Street (38118) | 416-2420 | Grades: 6-8
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Optional Program: The Enriched Academics/Aviation/College Preparatory program offers an enriched academics program in the areas of language arts/English, mathematics, science, and social studies as well as exploratory classes such as health, technology, art, choir, conversational Spanish, drama, and band. Our program also includes offerings for students interested in careers in aviation and related fields.

 

SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOLS

160 S. Hollywood | 321-2500
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SCS IS A STRAIGHT-“A” SCHOOL SYSTEM

One of only 10 of Tennessee’s 136 school systems to achieve straight “A’s” in Academic Achievement on the Tennessee Department of Education Report Card, Shelby County Schools (SCS) provides a technology-rich instruction program to more than 48,000 students in its 51 schools. SCS is the state’s fourth-largest school system and includes all public schools in the county outside the city limits of Memphis, including those in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, and Millington.

SCS continues to exceed standards set by the State Department of Education and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SCS students also surpass state averages on both SAT and ACT tests, and either match or outperform national scores. SCS was the first school system in West Tennessee to offer the world-class International Baccalaureate Program (Germantown High) and will start its second IB Program (Bolton High) in August 2011. Additionally, SCS will launch its first academies for rigorous study in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math at Bartlett and Southwind High Schools in August 2011. The system also has more PTA members than any other in Tennessee — roughly one-third of the statewide membership.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

APEX (accelerated enrichment), AP/Honors, Special Education, & ESL (English as a Second Language)

SCS offers APEX (Academic Program for Excellence), a pullout program for academically gifted students. Screening for APEX begins at the start of third grade, but students in grades K-2 may also be eligible based on class performance. Middle school students are provided opportunities to enroll in courses for high school credit, and high school students can enroll in AP and dual credit courses for college credit. Plus, there are numerous options for honors courses and career/technical learning in grades 9-12. A full range of special education services are offered in each of the 51 county schools for eligible students ages 3 to 21, who have disabilities. Resource programs and additional services, including speech and occupational/physical therapy, also exist at each school. Furthermore, over two-thirds of the schools have functional skills programs or expanded resource programs. SCS also provides a variety of support services for students and parents through its nationally renowned ESL (English as a Second Language) program.

Extracurricular Activities

Many extracurricular activities are available to SCS students, such as Odyssey of the Mind, Beta Club, Drama Club, Junior National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Foreign Language clubs, Key Club, Wordsmith, Newspaper and Yearbook, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Student Government. In addition, a wide variety of high school athletics programs exist, including: basketball, bowling, pom, cheerleading, soccer, football, golf, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, track, and wrestling. Middle schools offer boys and girls basketball and cheerleading.

 

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF MEMPHIS

373-1219
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The Catholic Diocese of Memphis, through its department of education, administers 28 schools in the Memphis area, serving about 8,700 pre-K to 12th grade students. The diocese employs 779 teachers, 46 percent of whom have advanced degrees. Catholic schools in the Memphis diocese boast a graduation rate of 99 percent. Of those graduates, 99 percent go on to college. Catholic high school students received more than $38 million in scholarships. To learn more about each school, go to cdom.org.

Catholic Schools

Tuition for Memphis’ Catholic Diocese schools does not include individual school fees. Some schools offer family discounts and scholarships. An asterisk (*) indicates a private, or non-diocesan school which sets its own tuition.
Grades K-6 (Catholic students): $4,330
Other: $4,950
Grades 7-8 (Catholic): $4,580
Other: $5,230
Grades 9-12 (Catholic): $5,630
Other: $6,630

Bishop Byrne Middle and High School

1475 E. Shelby Dr. (38116) | 346-3060
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 7-12
Enrollment: 290
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
Extracurricular activities offered: yes

De La Salle Elementary at Blessed Sacrament

2540 Hale Ave. (38112) | 866-9084
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K-8
Enrollment: 163
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Holy Names Elementary

709 Keel Ave. (38107) | 507-1503
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 3-8
Enrollment: 90
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Holy Rosary School

4841 Park Ave. (38117) | 685-1231
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K3-8
Enrollment: 450
Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
After-school care offered: yes

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

Lower School - 1669 Central Ave. (38104) | 725-2710
Student body: co-ed
Grades: PreK - 8
Tuition: please contact school
Enrollment: 280
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes
Upper School - 1725 Central Ave. (38104) | 725-2705
Student body: all female
Grades: 9-12
Tuition: please contact school
Enrollment: 94
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Extracurricular activities offered: yes

Incarnation School

360 Bray Station Rd., Collierville (38017) | 853-7804
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Enrollment: 275
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Little Flower School

1666 Jackson Ave. (38107) | 725-9900
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK4-2
Enrollment: 81
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Memphis Catholic Middle and High School

61 N. McLean Blvd. (38104) | 276-1221
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 7-12
Enrollment: 171
Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
After-school care: no

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

8151 Poplar Ave., Germantown (38138) | 753-1181
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK2-8
Enrollment: 260
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
After-school care offered: yes (students only)

Our Lady of Sorrows School

3690 Thomas St. (38127) | 358-7431
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK3-8
Enrollment: 120
Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes (students only)

St. Ann School - Bartlett

6529 Stage Rd. (38134) | 386-3328
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Enrollment: 625
Student/faculty ratio: 23:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

St. Anne Catholic School

670 S. Highland Ave. (38111) | 323-1344
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Enrollment: 140
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

St. Augustine School

1169 Kerr Ave. (38106) | 942-8002
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK4-6
Enrollment: 165
Student/faculty ratio: 22:1
After-school care offered: yes

St. Benedict at Auburndale

8250 Varnavas at Germantown. Pkwy., Cordova (38016) | 260-2840
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 9-12
Tuition: $7,350-$8,050
Enrollment: 981
Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
Extracurricular activities offered: yes

St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School

2100 Germantown Pkwy. Cordova (38016) | 388-7321
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K4-8
Enrollment: 889
Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

 St. Joseph School

3851 Neely Rd. (38109) | 344-0021
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK3-6
Enrollment: 197
Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

St. John School

2718 Lamar Ave. (38114) | 743-6700
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK3-6
Enrollment: 197
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

St. Louis School

5192 Shady Grove Rd. (38117) | 682-9692
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Enrollment: 500
Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
After-school care offered: yes

St. Mary-Jackson Elementary School

1665 Hwy. 45 by-pass, Jackson, TN | (731) 668-2525
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K4-8
Enrollment: 360
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
After-school care offered: yes

St. Michael Parish School

3880 Forrest Ave. (38122) | 323-2162
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Enrollment: 190
Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

St. Patrick School

277 S. Fourth St. (38126) | 521-3252
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-6
Enrollment: 168
Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
Before and after-school care offered: yes

St. Paul School

1425 E. Shelby Dr. (38116) | 346-0862
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-6
Enrollment: 300
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
After-school care offered: yes

 

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

In addition to the two public and Catholic school systems that serve our area, a host of independent schools provide parents with a range of options.

Bornblum Solomon Schechter School

6641 Humphreys Blvd. (38120) | 747-2665
bsssmemphis.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 1-8
Tuition: $12,350-$12,675
Enrollment: 127
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Briarcrest Christian Schools

6000 Briarcrest (38120) | 765-4600
briarcrest.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 24 mos.-5
Tuition: $4,895-$11,895
Enrollment: 1,600
Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: Yes
Additional locations:
76 S. Houston Levee Rd., Eads (38028) | 751-6400
Grades: preK-12

Central Day School

2005 Winchester Blvd., Collierville (38017) | 255-8134
centraldayschool.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K-8
Tuition: $6,100-$6,900
Enrollment: 320
Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Christ Methodist Day School

411 S. Grove Park (38117) | 683-6873
cmdsmemphis.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-6
Tuition: $3,250-$9,995
Enrollment: 350
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Religious affiliation: Christian
Before- and after-school care offered (and summer care): yes

Christ the King Lutheran School

5296 Park Ave. (38119) | 682-8405
ctkschool.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Tuition: $5,385-$7,000 
Enrollment: 300
Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
Religious affiliation: Lutheran
Special ed classes: Plus, Discoveries
Before- and after-school care: yes

Christ the Rock Christian Academy

8800 Winchester Rd. (38125) | 751-7122
christtherockmemphis.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K3-8
Tuition: $4,550
Enrollment: 250
Student/faculty ratio: 13:1-20:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Christian Brothers High School

5900 Walnut Grove (38120) | 261-4900
cbhs.org
Student body: all male
Grades: 9-12
Tuition: $9,500
Enrollment: 870
Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Extracurricular activities offered: yes

Collegiate School of Memphis

3353 Faxon Avenue (38122) | 591-8200
collegiatememphis.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 6-10
Tuition: $10,000
Enrollment: 275
Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
All students eligible for financial aid.

Evangelical Christian School – Main Campus

7600 Macon Road (38018) | 754-7217
ecseagles.net
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 6-12
Tuition: $4,800-$12,630
Enrollment: 1,150
Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: All lower and middle schools
Additional locations:

ECS at Forest Hill

1920 Forest Hill-Irene (38139) | 754-4420
Grades: Jr. K-5

ECS at Ridge Lake

735 Ridge Lake Blvd. (38120) | 683-9013
Grades: Jr. K-5

ECS at Fisherville

11893 Macon Rd., Eads (38028) | 850-9652
Grades: Jr. K-5

Evergreen Montessori

751 N. Trezevant St. (38112) | 324-4159
evergreen-montessori.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 14 mos.-8
Tuition: $5,500-$8,500 (2010 rates)
Enrollment: 75
Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
Religious affiliation: nonsectarian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Fayette Academy

P.O. Box 130, Somerville (38068) | 465-3241
fayetteacademy.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK 4-12
Tuition: $5,350-$5,500
Enrollment: 760
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

First Assembly Christian School

8650 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova (38018) | 458-5543
facsmemphis.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: Jr. K-12
Tuition: $3,935-$8,275
Enrollment: 800
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
Religious affiliation: interdenominational Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School 

246 S. Belvedere (38104) | 278-0200
gslschool.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Tuition: $6,856-$12,464
Enrollment: 500
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Before- and after-school program offered: yes

Harding Academy of Memphis

1100 Cherry Rd. (38117) | 767-4494
hardinglions.org

Student body: co-ed
Grades: 18 mos.-12
Tuition: $3,995-$10,995
Enrollment: 1,250
Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
Religious affiliation: Church of Christ
Before- and after-school care offered: yes
Additional locations:

Harding Academy Cordova campus

8350 & 8360 Macon Road (38018)
Grades 18 mos.-6 | 767-4494

Harding Academy White Station campus

1106 Colonial (38117) | 767-2093
Grades: Jr. K-6

Hutchison School

1740 Ridgeway (38119) | 761-2220
hutchisonschool.org
Student body: all female
Grades: preK-12
Tuition: $5,160-$16,276
Enrollment: 915
Student/faculty ratio: 8:1 (early childhood); 18:1 (elementary-high)
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Immanuel Lutheran School

6319 Raleigh LaGrange (38134) | 388-0205
ilsmemphis.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Tuition: $3,450-$5,850
Enrollment: 240
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1-20:1
Religious affiliation: Lutheran
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Lamplighter Montessori School

8563 Fay Rd. (38018) | 751-2000
lamplighterschool.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK3-8
Tuition: $9,660
Enrollment: 120
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
Religious affiliation: nonsectarian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Lausanne Collegiate School

1381 W. Massey (38120) | 474-1000
lausanneschool.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-12
Tuition: $11,800-$16,400
Enrollment: 764
Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
Religious affiliation: nonsectarian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Macon Road Baptist School

1082 Berclair (38122) | 682-5420
maconroadbaptist.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K4-12
Tuition: $2,600-$4,700
Enrollment: 300
Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
Religious affiliation: Baptist
Before- and after-school care offered: yes
Additional locations:

Macon Road Baptist School East

11015 Highway 64, Arlington, TN (38002) | 867-8161
Grades: K-12
Enrollment: 360
Tuition: $5,100-$5,500
Student/faculty ratio: 20:1

Lakeland Campus

9182 Highway 64, Lakeland, TN (38002) | 937-0766
Grades: K3-K4
Enrollment: 100
Tuition: $5,200-$6,500
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1

Margolin Hebrew Academy - Feinstone Yeshiva of the South

390 S. White Station Rd. (38117) | 682-2400
mhafyos.org
Student body: co-ed (preK-8), all female (9-12), all male (9-12)
Grades: preK-12
Tuition: $6,555-$16,900
Enrollment: 210
Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Before- and after-school care offered: aftercare only

Maria Montessori School

740 Harbor Bend Rd. (38103) | 527-3444
mariamontessorischool.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: 18 mos.-8
Tuition: $6,019-$8,058 
Enrollment: 120
Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
Religious affiliation: none
After-school care offered: yes; part-time enrichment offered

Marshall Academy

100 Academy Dr., Holly Springs, MS (38635) | (662) 252-3449
marshallacademy.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K3-12
Tuition: $4,200-$4,700
Enrollment: 300
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
After-school care offered: yes

Memphis Junior Academy

50 N. Mendenhall (38117) | 683-1061
memphisjunioracademy.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-11
Tuition: $3,080-$8,400 
Enrollment: 65
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Religious affiliation: Seventh Day Adventist
Before- and after-school care offered: after-school only

Memphis University School

6191 Park (38119) | 260-1300
musowls.org
Student body: all male 
Grades: 7-12
Tuition: $17,500
Enrollment: 660
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
Extracurricular activities offered: yes

New Hope Christian Academy

3000 University St. (38127) | 358-3183
newhopememphis.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: Jr. K-6
Tuition: sliding scale based on parent income
Enrollment: 433
Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
After-school care offered: yes
Additional location:

New Hope Christian Academy Junior Kindergarten

3277 N. Watkins (38127)
Grades:K4 program only

Presbyterian Day School

4025 Poplar Ave. (38111) | 842-4600
pdsmemphis.org
Student body: all male 
Grades: preK-6
Tuition: $7,130-$14,250
Enrollment: 635
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Religious affiliation: Presbyterian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Rossville Christian Academy

280 High St., Rossville, TN (38066) | 853-0200
rossvillechristian.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K4-12
Tuition: $4,600-$5,200
Enrollment: 300
Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
Religious affiliation: interdenominational Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

St. Agnes Academy/St. Dominic School

4830 Walnut Grove Rd. (38117) | 767-1356
Student body: St. Agnes: all female; St. Dominic: all male
Grades: preK-12 (girls); preK-8 (boys)
Tuition: please contact school
Enrollment: 916 (girls and boys)
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

St. George’s Independent School, Germantown

8250 Poplar, Germantown (38138) | 261-2300
sgis.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K3-5
Tuition: $5,140-$14,400
Enrollment: 387
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Religious affiliation: Judeo-Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

St. George’s Independent School, Memphis

3749 Kimball Ave. (38111) | 261-3920
Grades: K3-5
Tuition: $5,140-$14,400 
Enrollment: 147
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
After-school care offered: yes

St. George’s Independent School, Collierville

1880 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville (38017) | 457-2000
Grades: 6-12
Tuition: $15,800
Enrollment: 655
After-school care offered: yes

St. Mary’s Episcopal School

60 Perkins Ext. (38117) | 537-1405
stmarysschool.org
Student body: all female
Grades: preK-12
Tuition: $5,000-$17,010
Enrollment: 860
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

SBEC (Southern Baptist Educational Center)

7400 Getwell, Southaven, MS (38672) | (662) 349-3096
sbectrojans.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K3-12
Tuition: $3,781-$7,721
Enrollment: 1,053
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
Religious affiliation: Christian
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Tipton-Rosemark Academy

8696 Rosemark, Millington (38053) | 829-4221
tiptonrosemarkacademy.net
Student body: co-ed
Grades: K3-12
Tuition: $4,115-$6,740 (2010 rates)
Enrollment: 650
Student/faculty ratio: 14:1 - 20:1
Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian
After-school care offered: yes

Westminster Academy

2500 Ridgeway Rd. (38119) | 380-9192
wamemphis.com

Student body: co-ed
Grades: K-12
Tuition: $5,650-$9,990
Enrollment: 340
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Religious affiliation: Reformed Christian
Extracurricular activities offered: yes

West Memphis Christian School

1600 N. Missouri St., West Memphis, AR (72301) | (870) 400-4000
Elementary school | (870) 735-0642
wmcs.com
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-6
Tuition: $3,900-$4,600
Enrollment: 120
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
Religious affiliation: Church of Christ
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Other location:
Jr. and Sr. High School
1101 N. Missouri St.
Grades: 7-12
Tuition: $6,200-$6,800
Enrollment: 132

Woodland Presbyterian School

5217 Park (38119) | 685-0976
woodlandschool.org
Student body: co-ed
Grades: preK-8
Tuition: $5,550-$10,135
Enrollment: 370
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Religious affiliation: Presbyterian
After-school care offered: yes

 

SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Bodine School

2432 Yester Oaks Dr., Germantown (38139) | 754-1800
bodineschool.org
School for students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities.
Grades: 1-8
Tuition:  $14,870-$16,800
Financial aid: available
Enrollment: 90
Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
Religious affiliation: none
After-school care offered: no

Madonna Learning Center

7007 Poplar Ave., Germantown (38138) | 752-5767
madonna-learning.org
Individualized educational services for special-needs children and their families. Students represent all disabilities, including Down syndrome, developmental delays, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and other learning challenges.
Ages: 5-26
Grades: flexible levels, ungraded classrooms
Tuition: $10,000
Financial aid: available
Enrollment: 54
Student/faculty ratio: 3:1
Religious affiliation: all-faiths
After-school care offered: no

Memphis Oral School for the Deaf

7901 Poplar Ave., Germantown (38138) | 758-2228
mosdkids.org
Small class sizes, daily speech therapy, and on-site cochlear implant mapping and therapy work toward this early intervention program’s goal of mainstreaming children into regular education programs.
Ages: 0-6
Tuition: sliding fee scale
Financial aid: available
Enrollment: 30
Student/faculty ratio: 4:1
Religious affiliation: none
Before- and after-school care offered: yes

Phoenix School for Creative Learning

2404 Arthur Rd. Germantown (38138) | 757-4360
thephoenixschool.net
An individualized and arts-based learning program for 2nd through 12th grade students of average or above-average I.Q. Students are diagnosed with AD/HD, Asperger’s syndrome and/or other learning disabilities.
Grades: 2-12
Tuition: $8,500
Financial aid: limited 
Enrollment: 32
Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
Religious affiliation: none
After-school care offered: no

Shady Oaks School

2000 N. Germantown Pkwy., Cordova (38016) | 737-3355
shadyoaksmemphis.com
Shady Oaks offers special, individualized instruction for students with ADD, dyslexia, and other learning difficulties.
Grades: 1-8 (ungraded classrooms)
Tuition: $8,000
Financial aid: available
Enrollment: 25
Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
Religious affiliation: non-denominational Christian
Before-school care offered: yes; after care: no

 

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