Memphis Schools

Balmoral Ridgeway IB World School

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: KG – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 319 Students
  • 20 Students per Teacher
  • Methodology: International Baccalaureate
  • Theme: Creating Internationally Minded Students
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 6am – 6pm
  • Opened in 1970
  • Uniform Required
  • Teachers at Balmoral Ridgeway have an average of 10 years teaching experience, and over eighty percent (80%) hold a master's degree or higher.
  • Balmoral Ridgeway's unique open-space classroom environment fosters a strong sense of community among the school's students, teachers, and staff. The open space environment promotes collaborative work relationships among faculty members and students while providing a learning environment conducive to an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Teachers at the school have served on various Shelby County Schools' curriculum writing teams and as instructors of summer programs such as STEM Summer Academy and Cougar Technology Camp.
  • All classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards, document cameras, and classroom computers
  • Responsive Classroom practices are an integral component of our school routine. Students participate daily in morning meetings, where they greet their teachers and classmates, share, and work on group decision-making and listening skills.
  • Extracurriculars: Afterschool Tutoring, Extended Day Tutoring, Orchestra, Music Classes, Art Classes, Physical Education Classes, Library Media Center Classes, English Language Learner Classes, Computer Lab, Girls in Pearls, Boys to Men, Cheerleading
  • Gifted Education: CLUE
  • Special Education: Yes
  • Parent Involvement: PTO, volunteers, special events
  • Tours: Tours and visits are by appointment only. Please call the main office to set your appointment. 901-416-2128, Monday-Friday.

Enrollment Info

  • This is an all-Optional school. To transfer into the Optional program, you must follow the Optional enrollment process.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional admittance - Score 70th percentile or above on Optional admittance test (1st-2nd grades) or on math/reading NWEA MAP (3rd-5th grades). Have satisfactory skills/behaviors and achieve mastery in all academic & support subjects on most recent report card. Have a B average or above in all academic subjects and satisfactory grades in special subjects, conduct, and attendance (including promptness to school). Have no more than 15 absences, late arrivals, and/or early dismissals for the year.
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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically73.4% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


49% -3.7% In 2015, 49% of students tested Proficient or Above
5 In 2015, the TVAAS Growth Score showed more than expected growth

Why are we still showing 2015 scores? Learn more in our Beware of 2016 Test Scores post. Visit the TN State Report Card for available 2016 scores.

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