Memphis Schools

Grahamwood Elementary

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: PK – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 945 Students
  • 17.2 Students per Teacher
  • Theme: Enriched Academics, Arts
  • Languages Offered: Mandarin Chinese (in After-School Program)
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 7am – 6pm
  • Extended Calendar: STEAM-based programs led by Grahamwood teachers take place during the summer. ESL and Spanish Club programs over the summer.
  • Summer Programs: STEAM-based programs led by Grahamwood teachers take place during the summer. ESL and Spanish Club programs over the summer.
  • Opened in 1949
  • Uniform Required
  • Honors include being named a National Beta School of Distinction, winning the National Magnet School Art Poster Award, Well Child Principal of the Year, and "Let Move. Active Schools National Award" for 2015-2016
  • School just entered into an exclusive five-year partnership with the Orpheum and the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts whereby every classroom will receive a visit from an artist and every student will attend a performance at the Orpheum for free
  • Physical Education Department teamed up with the Memphis Grizzlies in Let's Move! Active Schools program
  • Teachers average over 15 years teaching experience plus 71% hold a Master degree or above; 90% of Germantown Elementary teachers received Level 3, 4, or 5 scores for gains in student academic achievement.
  • #1 Requested Optional Elementary School for the Shelby County System; highest academic requirements for Optional/Magnet admittance
  • Extracurriculars: Chess Club, Beta Club, Book Club, Math Club, Cheerleading, Ballet, Tap, Dance, Karate, Gymnastics, Piano, Strings, and Martial Arts
  • Gifted Education: CLUE (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment) and Optional/Magnet School program
  • Special Education: Resource classes, ESL, Guidance and a Spanish Language Interpreter; PK class and PK CLUE class
  • Parent Involvement: Grahamwood Parent Teacher Organization, School Leadership Council, Optional Advisory Board
  • Tours: Contact Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell, NBCT, Optional School Coordinator at or 901.416.5993 Grahamwood Elementary School at 901.416.5952 or for a tour.

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  • Highly Diverse Economically36.1% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Highly Diverse Racially


Letter Grade
46% 4.4% In 2023, 46% of students tested Proficient or Above
2 In 2023, the TVAAS Growth Score showed less than expected growth

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Reviews (6)

  • LOVE IT!Parent 03/15/2017
    We're in our third year at Grahamwood and we love it. Mr. Johnson leads a wonderful team of teachers and administrators. CLUE is the best thing that's happened to my son. I can't wait for my daughter to join him there next year for Kindergarten!
  • The best!Teacher/Staff 12/12/2016
    Grahamwood is an amazing school with a positive culture and a diverse student body. Teachers care about students and consistently challenge them. Administration is amazing. Best school in Memphis hands down!
  • Fantastic SchoolParent 08/26/2016
    Grahamwood is an amazingly diverse school with knowledgeable and caring teachers that does a superior job in preparing students for both academical and personal success for middle school, high school, college and beyond.
  • Almost like big city schoolParent 02/17/2015
    We bring our kids almost from 30 miles away. It is well diversified and run by excellent teachers.
  • Great SchoolParent 02/06/2015
    Diversity is amazing
  • AMAZING TEACHERS!Parent 01/30/2015
    Our son is in the optional program and in CLUE. He is challenged everyday by some of the best teachers in the state.
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