Memphis Schools

Brownsville Road Optional School

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: KG – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 585 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.
How Do I Enroll?

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.
Add a Review


  • Somewhat Diverse Economically86.5% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


33% -0.2% In 2015, 33% of students tested Proficient or Above
2 In 2015, the TVAAS Growth Score showed less 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.

Is any of this information incorrect, outdated, or missing? Is there something we should add or change? Let us know!

Events & Important Dates

No events or dates have been added for this school.

Add an Event/Date