Memphis Schools

Willow Oaks Elementary

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: PK – 5
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • 641 Students
  • Theme: Arts & Technology
  • Languages Offered: Chinese (in after care)
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 6:30am – 6pm
  • Opened in 1957
  • Uniform Required
  • Ten teachers have earned National Board Certification, a rigorous, year-long process; 74% of teachers hold advanced degrees (Master's, Ed.S, Ed.D); teachers have also recently been recognized by the Library of Congress Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Orff Music Conference
  • Students have earned recognition for their writing as well as their visual art submissions in local, regional and even national competitions
  • Offers a Spring Arts Academy for selected students in partnership with the Dept. of Art Education at the University of Memphis
  • Before/Aftercare Program earns consistent high ratings from the state of Tennessee. Students complete homework, receive tutoring, eat a nutritious dinner, spend time with technology, and enjoy outdoor activities, games, field trips and more
  • Students have many opportunities to give back through St. Jude Math-a-thon, Kids Kan, Jump Rope for Heart, and Shoes for Hope
  • Extracurriculars: Dance, Strings, Chorus, Tennis, Class Piano, Girls in Pearls
  • Gifted Education: CLUE
  • Special Education: Inclusion, Speech Therapy
  • Parent Involvement: PTO, Watch DOGS, Volunteer with special events, instruction in classroom, fundraisers, field trips, etc.

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 for 1st and 2nd grades must take the Optional Schools admittance tests and score at or above the 65th percentile, while applicants for 3rd-5th grades must score at or above the 65th percentile on the total and composite Reading and Mathematics NWEA MAP test. Applicants for 1st grade should have earned Mastery for 85% or more of the second and fourth quarter Kindergarten Report Card Skills and 2nd-5th applicants should have no report card grades below a C or S.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically68.6% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


23% 11.3% In 2022, 23% of students tested Proficient or Above
5 In 2022, the TVAAS Growth Score showed more than expected growth

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