Memphis Schools

Snowden School

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: PK – 8
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 1284 Students
  • 15 Students per Teacher
  • Theme: Enriched Academics/College Preparatory
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 6:30am – 6pm
  • Opened in 1910
  • Uniform Required
  • Snowden's vision is whole-child education with an emphasis not only on academics, but also on the arts, relationships, and social conscience. As a "The Leader in Me" school, student achievement is supported through the principles of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  • Staff includes ten National Board Certified teachers, two Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence winners, and one West Tennessee Teacher of the Year
  • Partners with Rhodes College and numerous community entities such as Midtown Rotary, the Memphis Zoo, Facing History and Ourselves, and Bridges to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.
  • Offers both Optional and Traditional learning paths to meet students where they are; students encouraged to grow through inquiry and exploration; emphasis on students having a growth mindset.
  • Offers nationally award-winning arts programming through visual arts, choir, orchestra, band, piano, and has auxiliary programs targeting dance and drama.
  • Extracurriculars: Football, Basketball, Track, Swimming, Volleyball, Soccer, Junior Beta Club, Jr. National Honors Society, Student Council, Marching Band (The Mighty Sound of Midtown), Drama Club, Chess and many more
  • Gifted Education: Creative Leaning in a Unique Environment (CLUE)
  • Parent Involvement: Snowden is known for its family involvement, with a very active PTO on which parents serve in a variety of capacities. A dad's group, "The Snowden Dudes," volunteers to work with kindergarten students in order to improve foundational reading skills. Parents volunteer to conduct our middle school Lunch and Learns, focused on career preparedness, and volunteer for Careers on Wheels, which is elementary-level career exposure. Parents serve on the Principal's Advisory Board, which helps form the next steps for the school. Currently, a contingency of CLUE parents give input on the types of enrichment activities they would like to see their students working on.
  • Tours: Snowden welcomes touring prospective families and can pair visitors with parents who have children in a prospective student's grade for a family perspective on what Snowden has to offer.

Enrollment Info

  • Students must be zoned to school or apply for transfer through Optional or General Choice Transfer Processes.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - Applicants must have scored at or above the 70th percentile in total/composite Reading and Math on the Optional Schools admittance test (for applicants to 1st and 2nd grades) or NWEA MAP test (for applicants to 3rd-8th grades). All applicants must have satisfactory skills, behaviors, mastery, attendance with no more than 15 absences, tardies, and/or early dismissals. Applicants for 2nd-8th grades must have all As and Bs with no more than one C as a semester average.
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Reviews (8)

  • I love this school I canít wait to go hereStudent 07/30/2019
    This is amazing and itís really fun and itís a great place for kids to enjoy and learn
  • A great neighborhood school!Parent 12/17/2015
    Our family moved here in 2006 from the San Francisco Bay Area for me to work as a scientist at St. Jude. The primary two reasons we moved to the Vollintine Evergreen Historic District within in Midtown was the commute distance to St. Jude and the walking distance to Snowden School. Snowden is one... More
  • So far so good!Parent 12/07/2015
    My son started at Snowden this year in kindergarten, and loves it. He is part of the CLUE program too, which brings a lot of value in his education and development. We live in Evergreen and love the fact that we can walk to school and make new friends in the neighborhood.
  • Great academics and enrichment in a nurturing environmentParent 12/07/2015
    I was worried about sending my children to such a big school, but I've come to realize that it has given each one of them the opportunity to find their own niche. Although we live outside of the district, we love the neighborhood school feeling. My children are in the optional program and CLUE, both ... More
  • Community SchoolParent 12/07/2015
    My daughter is in 2nd grade. We started her in a different Optional school in first grade but were not happy with it. It seemed that her friends from Snowden were just doing much more interesting things, so we transferred here. My daughter and our family have been happy with the change. From my daughter's... More
  • great school experienceParent 12/07/2015
    We came to Snowden from a Montessori school. My son has been here for two years and has had a great 1st and 2nd grade experience. They keep him challenged academically and socially conscious. I also love the teachers and the arts programs. We are really happy with Snowden. My son is in the optional and... More
  • Snowden is a Midtown GemParent 12/03/2015
    My three children have been at Snowden since Kindergarten and have received a wonderful education. We looked at Campus School and some private options but decided on Snowden since it was our neighborhood school and we have never looked back. Living in the Evergreen Historic District my kids have walked... More
  • Diverse, welcoming and well-roundedParent 01/29/2015
    We have been attending Snowden since Kindergarten. It is a big school from the outside which can be daunting to some people. However, we have found Snowden to be really like a small, tight-knit family on the inside. Each grade has their own section of the school, so most of the time they only interact... More
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  • Highly Diverse Economically52.2% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Somewhat Diverse Racially


25% 2% In 2023, 25% of students tested Proficient or Above
1 In 2023, the TVAAS Growth Score showed less than expected growth

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