Memphis Schools

Grahamwood Elementary

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: PK – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • State Designation: Focus School
  • 1013 Students
  • 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
  • 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 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)
  • 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
  • Tours: Contact Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell, NBCT, Optional School Coordinator Grahamwood Elementary School at 901.416.5952 or maxwelldj@scsk12. org for a tour.

Enrollment Info

  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - applicants must score in the 80th percentile or above in total reading and math on the Optional Schools admittance tests (for applicants to 1st and 2nd grade) and the NWEA MAP (for applicants to 3rd-5th grades), have As, Bs, Es, and Ss in all subject areas, as well as satisfactory conduct and attendance with no more than 15 absences, tardies, and/or early dismissals.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically63.8% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Highly Diverse Racially


61% 1.3% In 2015, 61% of students tested Proficient or Above
5 In 2015, the TVAAS Growth Score showed more than 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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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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