Memphis Schools

Cummings School

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: PK – 8
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 395 Students
  • Theme: Enriched Academics
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Opened in 1824
  • Uniform Required
  • Students attend rotating daily support classes in Art, Orff Music, Computer Lab, Reading Lab, Science Lab, Literacy/Research, Science, Physical Education, and Social Development/Counseling
  • All classrooms equipped with student workstations, docucams, and SMART Boards; also has a computer lab
  • Participates in the state's Strengthening Instruction in Tennessee Elementary Schools-focusing on Mathematics (SITES-M) program
  • Male students have the opportunity to participate in the Expanding Assets and Steering Initiative (EASI) Mentoring Program (University of Memphis), which focuses on mentoring young males (ages 10-13) in career awareness, positive interactions, and healthy choices
  • Laboratory school for LeMoyne-Owen College's Department of Education. Supported by dedicated school adopters, including Metropolitan Baptist Church, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, Costco Wholesale - Germantown Road, St. Jude M. B. Church, STAX - Soulsville U.S.A., National Baptist Laymen's Movement, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inner LIGHT, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home
  • Extracurriculars: National Elementary and Junior High Honor Society, Junior Optimist Octagon International Club, Beta Club, Student Council, IXL Math, School Newspaper, Robotics-N-Motion, Crochet Club, MLG&W Weekend Academy, Bike Club, R.U.S.H. Club (Read Until Something Happens), Charmettes, B.I.T Club (Boys in Ties), Girls in Pearls, Art Club, Fitness Club, Science Club, Eaglette Dance Team, cheerleading, track, and girls and boys basketball
  • Gifted Education: CLUE
  • Special Education: Instructional Resource
  • Parent Involvement: PTO, School-Based Leadership Team, Volunteer Tutors, Foster Grandparents

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 50th percentile or above on Optional admittance test (1st-2nd grades) or on math/reading TCAP (3rd-5th grades). 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.
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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically89.6% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


7% 4.3% In 2022, 7% of students tested Proficient or Above
5 In 2022, the TVAAS Growth Score showed more than expected growth

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