Memphis Schools

Riverwood Elementary School

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: KG – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • State Designation: Reward School
  • 900 Students
  • Methodology: Blended Learning
  • Theme: Environmental Service and Community Service
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 6:30am – 6pm
  • Extended Calendar: Summer care offered through Eagle's Nest extended care program
  • Opened in 2010
  • Uniform Required
  • Part of a Blended Learning Pilot for Shelby County Schools; every student is issued a laptop for school and home use
  • Project-oriented curriculum where learning is celebrated through artistic displays of student work
  • Embraces the Responsive Classroom Philosophy by maintaining a culture that emphasizes a cooperative learning community where students respect each other, take responsibility for their actions, and ownership of their learning
  • Situated on more than 30 acres with woodlands, fields, streams and a growing nature trail and school garden; designated by the National Wildlife Foundation as a "Certified Wildlife Habitat"
  • Principal Rita White was named a National Distinguished Principal in 2010, and the Tennessee Principal of the Year in 2011
  • Extracurriculars: Destination Imagination Teams, Strings, Choir, Riverwood Buddies, Riverwood Ranger, Environmental Activities, Advent Presbyterian Food Pantry Collection, School-Wide Community Service, Riverwood Vegetable, Butterfly, Flower Gardening
  • Gifted Education: 3.5 teachers certified in gifted education; students receive 5.5 hours weekly
  • Special Education: Self-contained special education program, as well as a resource program for special ed students in the regular classroom setting; functional skills class; PK class
  • Parent Involvement: PTO, volunteers

Enrollment Info

  • Students must be zoned to school or apply for transfer through Optional or General Choice Transfer Processes. See SCS Optional flyer for more details on eligibility requirements.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - Applicants to 1st and 2nd grades must score at/above the 70th percentile on the Optional Schools admittance tests; other applicants should score at/above the 70th percentile on the total and composite Reading and Mathematics NWEA MAP. Applicants for first grade must have satisfactory skills, behavior, mastery on most recent report card. Other grades must have a B average or above in all academic subjects and satisfactory grades in special subjects, conduct, and attendance.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically30.4% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Somewhat Diverse Racially


37% 5.1% In 2022, 37% of students tested Proficient or Above
3 In 2022, the TVAAS Growth Score showed expected growth

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