Shelby County Schools



Welcome to Downtown Elementary Optional School

"We RISE Above the Rest"


"Let's Move Active Schools"

National Award Winner

Congratulations Coach Willis and Coach Cullens



       Principal: Ms. Debra Gates

Assistant Principal: Ms. Brandye Williams

PLC Coach: Ms. Narvia Smith-Taylor

PLC Coach: Ms. Alicia Turner    


10 N. Fourth Street

Memphis, TN 38103

Telephone: (901) 416-8400

Fax: (901) 416-8406

School Hours: 8:15 - 3:15

2019-2020 School Calendar

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2019-2020 School Supply List


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

2019-2020 Summer Reading List


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade





Shelby County Truanc-y Letter

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Let's Talk About...Grade Level Transitions

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Online Registration

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2019-2020 Optional School FAQ's

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Optional School Renewal Applications

Renewal Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are being taken now. Please complete the paper application that was sent home with report cards on January 9, 2019.

Please return the application as soon as possible to reserve your child in the optional program if they continue to meet the program requirements (grades, attendance and behavior).


School Choice and New Optional Applications

If you have friends and family members who are looking for a great school option, consider completing an application for school choice. School Choice and New Optional applications open January 28, 2019.

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(Spanish link for information)


iReady Home Use Information

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Here Everyday, Ready and On-time

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(click here here to sign up)

2019 Kindergarten Promotion Photos

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Reese Custom Tees Downtown Elementary "Bling" Shirt

(Click image below to order student and adult shirts)


Office Depot / Office Max

Give Back To Schools Program



Play Where You Stay

Are you interested in learning how to play soccer?

Click the Soccer ball for more information.


Upcoming Events

2018-2019 School Year

May 28, 2019

SCS Summer Learning Academy

Site Registration

May 29, 2019 - July 3, 2019

SCS Summer Learning Academy

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

2019-2020 School Year

August 12, 2019

First Day of School



(Includes Uniform Policy/Requirements)


Optional Schools Information

Nutrition Services

Before and After-School Care (ELOP)

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(click here for ELOP Parent Letter)


Content Manager/School Technology Coordinator

Mrs. Espree

Updated May 23, 2019

Shelby County Schools does not discriminate in its programs or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, handicap/disability, sex, or age.  For more information, please contact the Office of Equity Compliance at (901) 416-6670.
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