Memphis Schools

Overton High

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: 9 – 12
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 1337 Students
  • 25 Students per Teacher
  • Theme: Creative and Performing Arts
  • Languages Offered: Spanish, French
  • School Day: 7:15am – 2:15pm
  • Extended Calendar: Student enrolled in the Optional School Program for the Creative and Arts attend an additional hour of school each day.
  • Summer Programs: Transition to high school and "New Comers" orientation.
  • Opened in 1959
  • Uniform Required
  • Innovative School partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
  • Overton High Schoolís graduation rate has increase 6 percentage points from the previous year. Overton' s current graduation rate is 85.6%.
  • Overton High School students consistently receive more than $54 million dollars in scholarships annually for academics, arts and entrance in to prestigious military institutions.
  • Offers a wide variety of competitive athletic programs for all students.
  • Overton High School has a nationally recognized and award-winning fine arts program where students benefit from high-quality instruction and real-world experiences leading to college and career opportunities.
  • Extracurriculars: Asian Culture Appreciation Club; Special Olympic Wolverines; Bridge Builders; Culinary Society; Debate Club; Drama Club; Facing History and Ourselves Leadership Group; Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Gallery Club; Green Wolverines; Inkwell Society; International Student Association; Key Club; Knowledge Bowl; Interact Club; Debate Club; Memphis Ambassadors; Mu Alpha Theta; Peer Mediators; POW Club; Quill and Scroll Honor Society; ROTC; 5K Club; Skills USA; Spanish Club; Spirit Club; Student Government Association (SGA); Overton Pride; and Club BASIC
  • Special Education: Two functional skills classes and five inclusion teachers. We also provide RTI in language and math for students needing addition skills-based supports.
  • Parent Involvement: Site Based Leadership Council, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters] to [Site Based Decision Making Council, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, PBISs
  • Tours: Visit the Overton website and click the school tour link in the center of the page for a Backstage Pass of Overton's campus, classes, and more. Perspective students and parents can also contact Vice Principal Boyd at 901 416-2027. Tours are scheduled from 9-11 am and 12:30 3:15 pm Monday - Friday.
  • College Initiative and AdviseTN. Overton is the only school in Shelby County with a counselor who specializes in financial aid, scholarships, transitions to college.
  • Offers 11 AP Classes
  • Offers Dual Enrollment in college courses
  • Offers Junior ROTC

Enrollment Info

  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA with no grade lower than a D for each semester or final grade, along with satisfactory conduct and attendance with no more than 15 absences and/or tardies. Applicants must score On Track (Proficient) or above on appropriate End-of-Course exams and at or above the 50th percentile on the total and composite Reading and Math NWEA MAP, TCAP, ACT, PSAT, or SAT. Successful audition and interview, as well as an hour of CAPA each day, are required.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically61.9% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


Letter Grade
16 In 2023, the Average ACT Score for students was 16
76% In 2023, the Graduation Rate for seniors was 76%
2 In 2023, the TVAAS Growth Score showed less than expected growth

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