Memphis City Schools is the
school district serving Memphis, Tennessee, United
States and the largest school district in Tennessee.
MCS serves the entire city of Memphis. Some areas of
unincorporated Shelby County are zoned to Memphis City Schools from Kindergarten
through 12th grade.
Some unincorporated areas of Shelby
County are zoned to schools in Shelby County Schools
elementary and middle school and Memphis City Schools for high
The MCS Website lists six "Strategic Goals"
1. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT:Accelerate the academic performance of all
2. ACCOUNTABILITY:Establish a holistic accountability system that
evaluates the academic, operational and fiscal performance of the
3. PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:Build and strengthen family and
community partnerships to support the academic and character
development of all students.
4. HEALTHY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:Create a school community that listens
to student input and promotes student leadership and healthy youth
5. SAFETY:Maintain a positive, safe and respectful environment for
all students and staff.
6. DIVERSITY:Create a school community that is sensitive and
responsive to the needs of an increasingly diverse
Memphis City Schools Board of Education
Memphis City Schools is governed by the Memphis City Schools Board
of Commissioners. It's composed of nine members, who are residents
of the city, elected by the citizens at the general election in
November to serve a four year term. Seven members are elected by
district to represent a specific area within the city, and two
members are elected at large to represent the entire city. At the
last meeting in December, the Board elects a President and a
Vice-President to serve for a term of one year to be effective
The Board of Education is responsible for establishing goals for
the school system and adopting policies for the effective operation
of the school system. The Board appoints a Superintendent to
oversee the operation of the school system in accordance with the
educational goals and policies it establishes.
DUTIES OF THE BOARD: The Board focuses on three major areas: policy
development, advocacy for Board policies, and accountability for
The district's strategic plan is a working document used to guide
and reinforce MCS's mission and goals. It is continuously reviewed,
evaluated, discussed, updated, and endorsed by the Board
Commissioners. The Board of Education also conducts regular
evaluations of the Superintendent's performance.
Approval of the budget is a major function of the Board.
Commissioners support the hiring of teachers, administrators, and
support staff who are responsible for educating the students.
As public officials, individuals who serve on the Board are active
and visible members of the community. However, the Board acts
officially only as a group. It is committed to openness and candor
in the conduct of its business and encourages citizen participation
during regular meetings.
All MCS students are required to wear school uniforms
Students may wear oxford shirts
, turtlenecks, and blouses
with "Peter Pan" collars. Colors vary, depending upon the school.
In general, all white shirts are acceptable. Check with each school
to find out what colors besides white are also acceptable.
Sweatshirts must be white, black, navy blue, tan or any other
colors approved by the individual campus.
Trousers, shorts, skirts, and jumpers must be black, tan, or navy
blue. Denim clothing is not allowed.
Zoned elementary schools
Alternative elementary schools
Former elementary schools
- Hollywood Elementary School (closed spring
2007) (Students reassigned to Springdale Elementary School)
- Lauderdale Elementary School (closed spring 2007) (Students
reassigned to Larose Elementary School)
- Macon Elementary School (closed spring 2007)
(Students reassigned to Berclair Elementary School)
Former secondary schools
Former high schools
Blue Ribbon Schools
Seven Memphis City Schools have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's
Blue Ribbon Schools
, which honors schools that are academically superior or
demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. These schools
Snowden School (1982-83)
Grahamwood School (1985-86)
Craigmont Junior/Senior High School (1992-93)
Richland Elementary School (1993-94)
Keystone Elementary (2004)
Delano Elementary School (2005)
John P. Freeman Optional School (2008)
- Memphis City Schools Memphis City Schools Mission, Vision,
Strategic Goals & Core Beliefs
- Memphis City Schools Board of
- Memphis City Schools School Uniforms.
- http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html Blue Ribbon