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 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

(English link)  (Spanish Link)

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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)


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

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Office Depot / Office Max

Give Back To Schools Program



Sales for the 2018-2019 Yearbook have begun!

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Upcoming Events

2018-2019 School Year


January 25, 2019

DTE Spirit Day

February 1, 2019

College Day

Black History Program @ 1:45 pm

February 6, 2019

Class Group Photos

(Must be in uniform)

February 7, 2019

Parent - Teacher Conferences

3:00 - 6:00 pm

February 15, 2019

DTE Spirit Day

February 18, 2019

President's Day

(Students In School)

February 22, 2019

DTE Spirit Day

February 27, 2019

Side by Side Performance

with the Memphis Symphonic Orchestra


(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 January 22, 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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