Memphis Schools

Brownsville Road Optional School

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: KG – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 509 Students
  • Theme: International Studies
  • School Day: 9:15am – 4:15pm
  • Extended Care: 7am – 6pm
  • Opened in 1965
  • Uniform Required
  • Multicultural events held throughout the year, such as the Festival of Colors, International Day of Food, International Parade, Multicultural Day of Music, and theme-based projects that support the international curriculum
  • PTO and Community groups host annual events, such as Fall Harvest Festival, Valentine's Ball, Spring Carnival and more
  • Active partnership with School Adopters, including Bartlett United Methodist Church, Kroger (Bartlett), Shoney's (Covington Pike), Stevie B's (Bartlett), Memphis Area Navy Recruiters, and Memphis in May International Festival. Other alliances: Holiday Flowers (Germantown Rd.), Living Word Christian Ministry Church, North Delta Hospice, and Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • State of the art library provides support services, a range of books and resources, interactive websites, and research skills specific to the needs of the students
  • Specialized programs in Computer Technology, Library Services, Art, Music, and Physical Education
  • Extracurriculars: ORFF Orchestra, Recorder Ensemble, Choir, Strings Music, Art Club, Book Club, School Newspaper Staff, and Student Council
  • Gifted Education: CLUE
  • Parent Involvement: PTO, Site-Based Decision Making Committee, Classroom Volunteers, School Event Volunteers
  • Tours: Optional Open House is held each year for prospective families. Open house will be held the week of January 23-27, 2017. Parents will be given a tour by our student ambassadors from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM each day. Additionally, prospective families are always welcomed to visit at any time.

Enrollment Info

  • To transfer into the Optional program, you must follow the Optional enrollment process. Non-Optional transfers use the General Choice Transfer process.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional admittance: Score 60th percentile or above on Optional admittance test (1st-2nd grades) or on math/reading TCAP (3rd-5th grades). Have satisfactory skills and behaviors and achieve mastery in all academic and support subjects on their most recent report card. Have no grade below a B for a semester or final average 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.
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Reviews (1)

  • FriendlyParent 04/17/2015
    The teachers and staff are warm, friendly and caring. I always feel welcome when visiting the school. My child loves coming to school and she especially loves Book Club-I appreciate all that the teachers do to help my daughter excel in all of her subjects.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically68.4% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


Letter Grade
23% 5.5% In 2023, 23% of students tested Proficient or Above
3 In 2023, the TVAAS Growth Score showed expected growth

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