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 Martin

Assistant Principal: Ms. Brandye Williams

PLC Coach: Mrs. Narvia Smith-Taylor

PLC Coach: Mrs. Alicia Turner    


10 N. Fourth Street

Memphis, TN 38103

Telephone: (901) 416-8400

Fax: (901) 416-8406

School Hours: 8:15 - 3:15


Shelby County Truancy Letter

(click for letter)

Let's Talk About...Grade Level Transitions

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(Click for Spanish flyer)


2018-2019 Online Registration

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Optional School FAQ's

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Optional School Renewal Applications

Renewal Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are being taken now. Please click the link below to begin the renewal application process.

(English link for renewal application)

(Spanish link for renewal application)

Optional School Choice

If you have friends and family members who are looking for a great school option, consider completing an application for school choice. School Choice applications open January 29, 2018.

(English link for Choice Information)

(Spanish link for Choice information)


EL / Expeditionary Learning Parent Resources


iReady Home Use Information

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Here Everyday, Ready and On-time

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(click here here to sign up)


DTE 2018-2019 Spirit Shirts

Shirts are grade level specific by color:

Pre-K - Red

Kindergarten - Orange

1st Grade - Purple

2nd Grade - Blue

3rd Grade - Green

4th Grade - Yellow

5th Grade - Black

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



Upcoming Events


2018-2019 School Year


November 27- December 19, 2018

Winter MAPS Testing


December 14, 2018

BETA Induction Ceremony @ 9:30 am

December 18, 2018

Holiday Program @ 5:00 pm

December 20, 2018 - January 4, 2019

Winter Break

January 6, 2019

Optional School Fair

Univeristy of Memphis University Center

1-4 pm

January 7, 2019

Students return to school


(Includes Uniform Policy/Requirements)


Optional Schools Information

Nutrition Services

Before and After-School Care (ELOP)

(click here for ELOP website)

(click here for ELOP Parent Letter)


Content Manager/School Technology Coordinator

Mrs. Espree

Updated December 13, 2018

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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