Memphis Schools

Peabody Elementary

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: PK – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 333 Students
  • Theme: International Studies/Enriched Academics
  • Languages Offered: Russian
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 6:30am – 6pm
  • Opened in 1912
  • Uniform Required
  • Every child receives instruction in Russian several days per week.
  • Award-winning music and dance programs
  • Multiple field trips, projects, and a mid-year International Carnival and year-end International Festival support the international studies curriculum for all students.
  • Active parent/community' group ( supports Accelerated Reader, volunteer tutor program, community garden, enhancements to grounds and more.
  • Community adopters include Central BBQ, Shelby Co. Public Defender's Office, Burke's Books, The Village Toymaker, Sweet Grass Restaurant, Mona Day Spa, Union Ave. Baptist, Neighborhood Church, Lindenwood Christian Church, Envision, Cooper Young Community Association, Cooper Young Business Association, Smoothie King, Chick-fil-A
  • Extracurriculars: Clubs: Russian, Drama, Cooking, Chess, Lego, Ballet, Garden, Computer, Beading Buddies, Creative Critters, Mini Mad Scientist, Kid Fit, Sports, Destination Imagination, Ninja Numbers, Cross Stitching, Art
  • Gifted Education: CLUE for grades K-5
  • Special Education: Inclusion where special education students receive individualized instruction with accommodations within the general education classroom.
  • Parent Involvement: PTA, Site-Based Decision Making Committee, WatchDOGs, volunteer in classrooms

Enrollment Info

  • Students must be zoned to school or apply for transfer through Optional or General Choice Transfer Processes. See SCS Optional website for more details on eligibility requirements.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - Applicants must score at or above the 60th percentile on the Optional Schools admittance tests (1st and 2nd grade applicants) or total/composite Reading and Math NWEA MAP tests (3rd-5th grades), and have all As, Bs, Es, Gs, and Ss in all academic subjects, special subjects, conduct, and attendance with no more than 15 absences, tardies, or early dismissals.
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Reviews (2)

  • Wonderful midtown schoolParent 11/25/2018
    Peabody has such a warm and inviting feel. There is such a sense of community and we really appreciate the high level of diversity. Parental involvement is high and it is clear that the teachers care about the kids. Peabody is an excellent midtown elementary school option.
  • Peabody Has Given Us the Chance to be Involved!Parent 03/31/2015
    When my son was finishing up at the Barbara K. Lipman School Preschool on the University of Memphis campus, we just knew he was going to attend Campus School -- I was a professor at the U of M at the time and Campus is a great school. But then some friends asked us to consider Peabody. And we did. It is less than a mile from our house and the first time we walked inside, it had the warm feeling we wanted from an elementary school. We met the teachers and the principal and after much consideration, decided it would be best to attend our neighborhood school. Its proximity has allowed us to be incredibly involved and sometimes, we even ride my son on his bike to school. Next year, our daughter will attend kindergarten at Peabody -- and we can't wait. We love the small size of the school - every teacher knows my son and us, and we are excited about our daughter experiencing the same thing. My son feels important at Peabody -- he can't imagine going anywhere else. And neither can we. It's not perfect -- no school is. But it's been so good for us.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically58.3% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Somewhat Diverse Racially


Letter Grade
33% 6.5% In 2023, 33% of students tested Proficient or Above
3 In 2023, the TVAAS Growth Score showed expected growth

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