Memphis City Schools



The mission of John P. Freeman School is to accelerate the performance of  all students by building and strengthening family and community partnerships to support academic and character development and meet or exceed proficiency rates.  We strive to create a positive, safe, and respectful school community that inspires stakeholders to commit to and engage all students to daily lead the quest for excellence in order to compete globally.


Each day, I will make it a priority to lead the quest for excellence in my home, school, and  community.


Vision Statement

John P. Freeman Optional School is a motivational learning center that continues to inspire all students to lead the quest for excellence.  We have a safe and nurturing environment where students develop their unique abilities as they work to become productive, educated citizens who are able to compete globally.  Our students are confident, self-directed, life-long learners who make valuable contributions to their communities.  Teachers rely on the important components of our curriculum and instruction design and research based strategies , which include, but are not limited to:: hands-on learning, the demonstration of achievement, collaborative learning, nonlinguistic representations, and technology integration.  Teachers use a variety of instructional approaches to assess and support their students’ learning needs.  Students’ learning is enhanced by providing opportunities to excel in and out of the classroom such as after school tutorials, community service, and extracurricular and enrichment activities.  Additionally, teachers use data to implement best practices to develop the whole child.  Our students demonstrate an understanding of school and district policies.  All stakeholders are an integral part of our decision-making process.

Statement of Beliefs

  • All students can learn.
  • Our school is an inviting place for learning.
  • Every student learns in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Students learn in many different ways.
  • Each student is a unique individual with special abilities and talents who can be successful contributors to our society.
  • Students are encouraged and expected to become lifelong learners.
  • Students are motivated to develop confidence and attain self-direction.
  • Every school day students experience positive relationships.
  • Hands-on learning and demonstration of achievement are important components of curriculum design and instruction.
  • Teachers use data and a variety of research-based instructional approaches to assess, support, and accelerate the academic performance of all students.
  • Students demonstrate understanding of the school and district policies.
  • All stakeholders are involved in the decision-making process.
  • Students’ diversity is respected, embraced, and appreciated.
  • Student achievement comes first. Therefore, students are provided technology and other necessary resources and materials to become productive citizens.
  • Accelerated achievement is directly linked to the students' physical, emotional, and mental well being.
Memphis City 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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