Memphis Schools

Downtown Elementary

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: PK – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 676 Students
  • 20 Students per Teacher
  • Theme: Enriched Academics with an emphasis in Social Studies
  • Languages Offered: Spanish (in After-School Program)
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 7am – 6pm
  • Extended Calendar: Summer academy camp offered all summer
  • Opened in 2003
  • Uniform Required
  • School takes advantage of downtown location to take students on frequent field trips to historical, business, and cultural sites in the area
  • 64% of teachers hold master's degree, four teachers have earned National Board Certification
  • Facilities include fully-equipped computer lab, comprehensive science lab partially supported by UT College of Medicine, art and music facilities
  • Adopters include First Tennessee Bank, the Memphis Redbirds, Fellowship Downtown Church, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Double Tree Hotel, HoneyBaked Ham, Fogelman YMCA, and The Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, and Berkowitz, PC Law Firm
  • State of TN Reward School (Top 5% in the state for TCAP Growth)
  • Extracurriculars: Student Council, spelling bee, student newspaper, ballet, Spanish, Taekwondo, soccer, and "Mad Science"
  • Gifted Education: CLUE
  • Special Education: Instructional Resource, Speech, Occupational Therapy
  • Parent Involvement: Partners in Education (PIE), Watch DOGS, volunteer opportunities

Enrollment Info

  • Students must be zoned to school or apply for transfer through Optional or General Choice Transfer Processes. See SCS Optional flyer for more details on eligibility requirements.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - Applicants for 1st and 2nd grades must score in the 65th percentile or above in total reading and total mathematics on Optional Schools admittance tests, while 3rd-5th should score at/above the 65th percentile on NWEA MAP. All should have satisfactory skills, behaviors, mastery, conduct, and attendance (no more than 15 absences, tardies, or early dismissals in 2nd-5th grade applicants.)
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  • Highly Diverse Economically55.2% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


25% 6.6% In 2023, 25% of students tested Proficient or Above
3 In 2023, the TVAAS Growth Score showed expected growth

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Reviews (3)

  • Lovely SchoolParent 10/25/2018
    Downtown Elementary is a lovely school. The experience and relationship we have had with our children's kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers has been a true testament to how teaching is an art. We appreciate the wonderful effort the teachers put into the school, and the impact they are having on the kids journey in education. Keep on being fantastic!
  • We could choose any school...Parent 02/06/2015
    We looked at many private and public schools for our child and Downtown topped our list. We are very happy with the quality of the optional program and the overall environment on campus.
  • Downtowners for 5 years!Parent 02/04/2015
    We've been at Downtown since our oldest was in Kindergarten and have LOVED our kids' teachers and the administration at DTE. The CLUE program is excellent, lots of after school activities including piano and strings. And because the school is in the heart of Downtown, they are able to take more field trips by walking! Great facilities, faculty and culture.
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