Memphis Schools

Delano Optional School

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: KG – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • State Designation: Reward School
  • 252 Students
  • Theme: Computer Technology
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 6am – 6pm
  • Uniform Required
  • Extensive hands-on learning experiences incorporate the use of computers and a host of other digital media
  • Opportunity to work in the school's in-house television studio, helping to produce a daily live news broadcast
  • 2016 & 2014 Active School Award Winner; 2015 State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) Award Winner - Elementary Division; 2015 Value-Added Achievement Award from Education Consumers Foundation; 2013 and 2014 Reward School; Title I Distinguished School for Exceptional Student Performance; U.S. Dept. of Education No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School
  • Community Adopters include The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole and Orion Bank; involvement includes helping with providing incentives and rewards that motivate students to strive for excellence; adopters also volunteer as sponsors and judges for various school events and activities
  • Instruction is enhanced through the use of SMART technology, mobile computer labs, a television studio with a closed-circuit television network, digital and still video cameras, strings, performing band, and chorus.
  • Extracurriculars: Computer Instruction, Robotics, Physical Education, Art, Orff Music, Band, Strings, Chorus, Tuition Piano, After-School Clubs, Television Studio, National Jr. Beta Club, Computer Clubs, Arts and Crafts Club, Safety Patrol, Library Assistants' Club, Fitness Clubs, Delano Jumpers, Basketball Club, Art Club, Chess Club, Nutrition Club, Campus Green, Etiquette Class, Science Club, and the school's newspaper, "The Lion's Roar."
  • Gifted Education: CLUE
  • Parent Involvement: PTA, Site-Based Decision Making Council, School Improvement Team, volunteers, field trips
  • Tours: Please feel free to call the main office to set up a day and time to tour the school.

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 no final grades below C 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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  • Highly Diverse Economically68.3% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


46% 16.9% In 2022, 46% of students tested Proficient or Above
5 In 2022, the TVAAS Growth Score showed more than expected growth

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