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: Mrs. 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 Survey

The Optional Schools application process will be a fully online process for the 2018-19 school year. This summer, Shelby County Schools upgraded its student information system to PowerSchool, which now requires all school application/registration processes to be conducted online. Our goal is to create an online application process that helps improve access and opportunities for all students. Thousands of families choose to apply for our Optional schools every year, so it's important that any decisions we make about the new process are based on feedback from those we serve. Thanks for taking a few minutes to share your input! We promise to keep families informed as we work to finalize the new process before the application period starts in January 2018.

(click link for English survey)


(click link for Spanish survey)



EL / Expeditionary Learning Parent Resources





Here Everyday, Ready and On-time

(click link for parent letter)



(click here here to sign up)


Downtown Elementary Parent Survey

(click here for survey)


Reese Custom Tees Downtown Elementary "Bling" Shirt

(Click image below to order student and adult shirts)


Upcoming Events


November 21

Turkey Trot

November 22-24

Thanksgiving Break

November 29

Progress Reports

December 1

College Spirit Day

December 4 - 19

Winter MAP testing

December 6

Spelling Bee

December 7

Beta Club Induction Ceremony

December 8

Spirit Day

December 14

Holiday Program

December 16

Spirit Day

December 20

Spirit Day / End of 2nd Quarter / End of 1st Semester

December 21-January 5

Winter Break

January 8

3rd Quarter / 2nd Semester Begins

January 10

Report Cards Issued

January 12

College Spirit Day

January 15

Dr. Martin Luther King Day - No School

January 17

1st Semester Honors Program

January 19

Spirit Day

January 24

100th Day of School

January 26

Spirit Day

(Includes Uniform Policy/Requirements)


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 November 20, 2017

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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