Memphis Schools

John P. Freeman Optional

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: 1 – 8
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 652 Students
  • Theme: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 6am – 6pm
  • Opened in 1988
  • Uniform Required
  • School has received awards such as National Title I Distinguished School (2013), State Distinguished Title I Award for Exceptional Student Performance (2011-12), Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) Silver Gain Award (2011-12), No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School (2008)
  • Has several National Board Certified teachers, including Dr. Melissa Collins, who received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (2010) and the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence (2013)
  • In partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for promoting cross-disciplinary, project-based STEM education; TVA mentors help prepare students to compete in First Lego Robotic competitions
  • John P. Freeman Optional School was named a 2015 Tennessee Reward School for Achievement.
  • School is on a 40-acre campus, and features modern science labs, a gymnasium, a stage, athletic fields, and a playground
  • Extracurriculars: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Football, Track, Softball, and Soccer. Our students have the opportunity to participate in a number of clubs, including: STEM Robotics, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, Student Council, Journalism Club, Debate Club, Garden Club, Art Club, Technology Club, Book Club, and Yearbook Club. JPF students can also participate in Orchestra, Band, Class Piano, Before and After School Care, Elementary Choir, Primary/Intermediate C.L.U.E., Spanish Club, Drama Club, and Tennis Club
  • Gifted Education: CLUE (K-5), CLUE English for middle school students
  • Parent Involvement: PTSA, special events

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 65th percentile or above on Optional admittance test (1st-2nd grades) or on math/reading TCAP (3rd-8th grades). Have no more than one C as a semester average in all subjects, 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 Economically47.7% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


53% 16.2% In 2022, 53% of students tested Proficient or Above
5 In 2022, the TVAAS Growth Score showed more than expected growth

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