Memphis Schools

Idlewild Elementary

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: KG – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 480 Students
  • 22 Students per Teacher
  • Methodology: Responsive Classroom, Project-Based Learning, Hands-On Learning
  • Theme: Science and Technology
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 6:30am – 6pm
  • Summer Programs: The Before/After Care program offers an excellent summer camp program.
  • Opened in 1903
  • Uniform Required
  • Active parent support:
  • Students learn basic academic skills within the context of comprehensive research projects that enable them to solve real-world problems based on topics of interest to children
  • Has a fully equipped science lab that is staffed with a full-time science specialist
  • Students receive instruction in the school's state-of-the-art computer lab that is staffed with a full-time technology specialist
  • Idlewild Elementary has been recognized by the state of Tennessee as one of the best elementary schools in West Tennessee, and has been rated in the top 15% of elementary schools in the state of Tennessee by the Tennessee Department of Education.
  • Extracurriculars: Chess Club, Film Club, Jr. Beta Club, Garden Club, Power Saver Team, Orff Music Recorder Ensemble, Orff Music Choral Ensemble, Robotics Club, Student Council
  • Gifted Education: CLUE Grades KK-5
  • Special Education: Inclusion, Instructional Resource, Speech Therapy
  • Parent Involvement: PTO supports academics and enrichment through the Fall Carnival, Teacher Appreciation, Volunteer Readers, Volunteer Tutors, Campus Clean Up
  • Tours: Tours are welcomed at any time. Please contact the office - 901-416-4566 - to schedule a personal tour with a member of the team.

Enrollment Info

  • Students must be zoned to school or apply for transfer through Optional Process.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - Kindergarten applicants should provide an original copy of birth certificate. All applicants should have satisfactory attendance with no more than 15 absences, tardies, or early dismissals. Provide a copy of the most recent report card. Have satisfactory skills, behaviors, and conduct.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically49% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Somewhat Diverse Racially


64% 8.6% In 2015, 64% of students tested Proficient or Above
3 In 2015, the TVAAS Growth Score showed 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 (2)

  • A true small neighborhood schoolParent 12/02/2015
    Idlewild is a superb school with a very positive learning environment. The principal is excellent and cares about all the children and their education. I've had two children attend Idlewild and highly recommend it.
  • Great Small SchoolParent 04/14/2015
    A nice small school with great teacher and a outstanding principal.
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