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 Readiness Checklist

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2019-2020 Enrollment Information

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2019-2020 Care Dox Information

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2019-2020 Before & After-School Programs

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2019-2020 School Calendar

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2019-2020 School Supply List


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade


Volunteer Background Check

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Shelby County Truancy 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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iReady Home Use Information

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Here Everyday, Ready and On-time

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2019 Kindergarten Promotion Photos

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Office Depot / Office Max

Give Back To Schools Program



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Calendar of Events

2019-2020 School Year


November 22, 2019

Spirit Day

Turkey Trot (weather permitting)

November 23, 2019

Reimagining 901 Community Meeting

10:00 am - 11:30 am

TLA Auditorium

November 25-29, 2019

Thanksgiving Holiday

December 4, 2019

Progress Reports

December 6, 2019

Math Facts Test

College Day

December 9, 2019

SCS Health Screenings

December 10, 2019

P.I.E. Meeting @ 5:00 pm

December 12, 2019

Holiday Program @ 1:45 pm

December 13, 2019

Spirit Day

Turkey Trot (makeup day)

December 19, 2019

DTE Dollar Store

P.I.E. Family Game Night (Postponed)

December 20, 2019

Pastries with Parents @ 10:00 am

Half Day Dismissal @12:15 pm

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

Winter Break

January 17, 2020

Half Day Dismissal @12:15 pm

January 20, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

February 13, 2020

Parent / Teacher Conferences (4pm - 7pm)

February 14 , 2020

Half Day Dismissal @12:15 pm

February 17, 2020

President's Day Holiday

March 16-20, 2020

Spring Break

April 10, 2020

Spring Break Holiday

May 22, 2020

Last Day of School



Downtown PIE Partners in Education


Downtown Elementary

Before and After-School Care (YMCA Y-Care)

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Content Manager/School Technology Coordinator

Mrs. Espree

Updated December 11, 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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