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Willow Oaks Elementary Optional School Open House

Thursday, January 11

8:30-10:30 am | 12:00-2:00pm | 3:30-4:30 pm


Visual Art Winners
Creating/Scanning QR Codes
Orff All-City Performers

Enriched Academics-Optional School

The academically enriched optional program at Willow Oaks promotes enthusiasm and excitement for learning. Students have the opportunity to be successful and grow academically, physically, socially, and emotionally in a safe, caring environment. The school's highly talented and dedicated staff provide a balance of structure, creativity, and discipline in a child-centered atmosphere. Parents regularly visit the school, volunteer in the classroom, and organize a variety of school activities.

Entrance Requirements

  • Students entering the program from outside the Willow Oaks geographic boundaries must apply for an optional transfer at the Board of Education, 2597 Avery Avenue, Room 106. Parents of applicants must provide a copy of the most recent report card/progress report and a copy of the student's most recent achievement test scores in total reading/reading composite and total math/math composite.
  • 1st and 2nd grade applicants must take the Optional Schools admittance tests, scoring at or above the 65th percentile for total reading and total math.
  • 1st grade applicants must have satisfactory skills and behaviors and achieve mastery in academic and support subjects on most recent kindergarten report card.
  • 2nd-5th grade applicants must have a semester or final report card grade of a C or better in all academic subjects, with an E, G or S in conduct and support subjects (P.E., Art, Computer, and Music).
  • 3rd-5th grade applicants must score at or above the 65th percentile on the Total Reading Composite and Total Mathematics/Mathematics Composite of the NWEA MAP and/or TCAP TNReady English/Language Arts and the TCAP TNReady Mathematics Assessments. Acceptable tests must be dated Spring 2017 or later.
  • All applicants must have satisfactory conduct and attendance, including promptness to school, with no more than 15 absences, tardies and/or early dismissals.
  • All applicants must maintain the entrance requirements for attendance, grades, conduct, skills and behaviors, academic and support subjects to remain in the Optional program.
  • Final approval is contingent upon review of student’s second-semester/final report card.

Diverse Curriculum

Willow Oaks maintains a high level of academic achievement while consistently seeking ways to encourage students to be lifelong learners. Emphasis is placed on cooperative and collaborative learning experiences to meet the physical, intellectual and emotional needs of the students. The program stresses a higher level of learning in reading, mathematics, science, social studies, computer technology and the arts. This challenging academic program enables each student to develop lifelong learning skills. The non-optional program offers a diverse curriculum that includes all state performance standards.

Students benefit from a number of special programs which support academic excellence. Classes are offered for Orff music, strings, C.L.U.E., visual arts, and computer technology. Computer technology includes coding, Google Docs, web pages, QR Codes, on-line book clubs, blogging, podcasts, research, multimedia presentations, word-processing, spreadsheets, keyboarding, and more. The standards-based academic program is further enhanced by cross-curriculum technology projects, creative writing activities and field trip experiences.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Technology/Coding Club
  • Students participate in contests in art, science and writing
  • Students present musical performances.
  • Students participate in mock elections.
  • Students and staff celebrate "Lunch with Grandparents"
  • Students are involved in campus gardening activities.
  • Artists enhance the overall arts program.
  • Fifth grade students participate in the strings program.
  • Students participate in the All-City Chorus.
  • Students participate in the "Go Jim Go" Campaign for St. Jude, the Kids Kan Food Drive and the Red Cross Drive.

For more information about the Shelby County Schools optional program, please click here.

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