Memphis Schools

Carnes Elementary

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: PK – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • Status: Slated for Closure
  • 271 Students
  • Theme: Environmental Science
  • School Day: 9:15am – 4:15pm
  • Incorporates an outdoor classroom, laboratory experiences, field trips, Sci-Fi Friday, and speakers into the curriculum
  • Students have the opportunity to study a variety of animals through the daily care of school pets and their habitats
  • Extracurriculars: Junior Beta Club, science clubs for all students in grades 3-5, Boy Scouts, Dance Team, Book Club, E-Club, Ladies of Excellence, Boys to Men, and the Carnes School Choir

Enrollment Info

  • This is an all-Optional school. To transfer into the Optional program, you must follow the Optional enrollment process (
  • Application Requirements: For Optional admittance: Score 50th 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 C 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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  • Lacks Economic Diversity95.9% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


32% 5.4% In 2015, 32% of students tested Proficient or Above
3 In 2015, the TVAAS Growth Score showed 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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