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

Instructional Facilitator: Mrs. Alicia Turner    


10 N. Fourth Street

Memphis, TN 38103

Telephone: (901) 416-8400

Fax: (901) 416-8406

School Hours: 8:15 - 3:15

Optional School FAQ's

(click link for document)

(Click link for Optional Schools webpage)


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)


SCS Parent Institute

(click for district flyer)


Parent Winter Workshops

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EL / Expeditionary Learning Parent Resources





Here Everyday, Ready and On-time

(click for parent letter)


(click here here to sign up)


DTE 2018 Yearbook Sales

Don't miss out on the all color 52 page yearbook !

Yearbook sales will be online only.

Early bird pre-sale price $25 till February 28th.

Regular sale price $30 till March 31st.

Yearbooks will be handed out in May at the Yearbook Signing Party !!

(click photo for ordering details)

Balfour website


Reese Custom Tees Downtown Elementary "Bling" Shirt

(Click image below to order student and adult shirts)


Upcoming Events

Yearbook Sales

February 1 - March 31

February 1- 28

Heart for Art Fundraiser

Spring Carnival

March 9th (4-6 pm)

(click for details)



February 23

DTE Spirit Day

February 26 - March 9

NWEA Spring MAP Testing

February 28

Black History Program (5 pm)

March 2

Read Across America Day

College Day

March 7

Spring Pictures

(no uniforms)

March 9

DTE Spirit Day

3rd Quarter Ends

Spring Carnival (4-6 pm)

March 12-16


March 19

4th Quarter Begins

March 22

Math/Science/Technology Night (5-6 pm)

March 23

DTE Spirit Day

March 28

Report Cards Go Home

March 29

DTE Spirit Day

March 30

Spring Holiday

(no 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 February 23, 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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