Downtown Elementary School

Downtown Elementary is an Enriched Academics optional school with a strong academic program for both optional and non-optional students. Downtown Elementary is an Enriched Academics Optional School (State of TN Reward School) with a strong academic program for both optional and non-optional students.

With its distinctive architecture and bright, spacious interior, Downtown Elementary is a lesson in how design can enhance the learning environment. Our facility features computers in every classroom, as well as a computer lab with state-of-the-art equipment. We have a comprehensive science lab that is partially funded by the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. In addition, our school has art and music facilities utilized for both during and after-school programs. Overall, Downtown Elementary is a colorful and stimulating learning environment. Downtown Elementary is in a convenient location for those who live and work in downtown Memphis. Downtown Elementary takes pride in its highly-qualified and experienced staff. All teachers are certified in the state of Tennessee. More than 60 percent of the faculty hold master's degrees, eight percent have doctoral degrees, and eight percent are degreed Educational Specialists. Members of our faculty have also won the Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence, and seven teachers have earned National Board Certification. The hardworking faculty at Downtown Elementary is committed to ensuring students are challenged to achieve, and teachers are dedicated to caring about every child. Parents are valued partners in Downtown Elementary's goal of making the learning experience a joy for its students. The school invites parents to visit their child's classroom to observe, participate in tutoring, chaperone field trips, and otherwise become involved.

Mission: Our School Mission The mission of Downtown Elementary is to provide an exceptional educational foundation that enables students to be productive, self-aware, and self-sufficient learners who value themselves, contribute to their community, and are able to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world. Our School Vision Our vision is to create an environment that inspires children to pursue and achieve their dreams. The school and community will work together to empower children to pursue and achieve their goals, ambitions, and dreams.

Operating as usual

Kindergarten parents, we are READY for you!! πŸ’™πŸ’™β€οΈβ€οΈ

One of our 1st grade work spaces! Way to go!! πŸ’™πŸ’œ

Need extra help?! We are here for it! β€οΈπŸ’™β€οΈπŸ’™

We are SOOOOO Excited!!! 🀣🀣🀣 Can you tell?? β€οΈπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ˜ We love our babies at DTE! #firstdayofschool

More super awesome DTE teacher workspaces! 😊😊

[08/29/20]   Calling ALL DTE Parents! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
Show us your hard work! Post pictures of your child’s virtual learning space on our page! 😊

We are SO excited for the 1st day of school! We can hardly wait! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸ˜Š
Check out some of our teacher workspaces!

For more info, please visit the SCS website! ❀️

[08/28/20]   Still need to pick up your child’s device? You can go to the Teaching and Learning Academy from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. this SATURDAY!! Please make sure you have a photo ID and you have registered in power school!

Representatives from State Farm Insurance Company came to the school today to surprise our teachers with snack bags! 😊😊 We are grateful to have community partners who believe in supporting our teachers, even in times like these! THANK YOU!!

Our Professional School Counselors BROUGHT IT during Inservice this week! They taught us great strategies to address the heart of a child and increase positive social emotional learning! πŸ’™πŸ’“πŸ’šπŸ’œ Parents we are soooo ready to serve your babies!! Looking forward to it!

DEVICE pickup is TODAY at the Teaching and Learning Academy from 8-6! (2485 Union Ave.)

Supply Pickup is NEXT WEEK at DTE! Please see the schedule below! We miss you and can’t wait to see you, virtually! πŸ’™πŸ’“πŸ’šπŸ’œ

Inservice Week is going FLAWLESSLY!!!! Our teachers and staff are committed to learning as much as we can, as fast as we can to serve your babies in EXCELLENCE! It’s the DTE WAY! πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’“

Our very own AP Smith-Taylor is representing in the Back to School Parade!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ We also want to give a HUGE shout out to former DTE Principal, Yolanda Martin, now Chief of Human Resources for SCS! DTE ALL THE WAY! ❀️❀️

Need school supplies? Check out this event below!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a large portion of the supplies and materials have not made it to many schools in Shelby County. Please see the NEW UPDATED TIMES for supplies and materials pickup. Thank you for understanding and have a great weekend! 😊

Check this out DTE Families! This starts TODAY! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’šπŸ’“πŸ’™πŸ’œ

Device Deployment Updates! Have a great day!πŸ’™

News You Can Use DTE Families! Have a wonderful day!! 😊

[08/15/20]   First Baptist Church-Broad has free supply filled backpacks- NOW! They are serving families until 1 pm today. Children must be present to receive backpacks!

Be sure to tune in DTE Families! πŸ’™

Need school supplies?? Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church is hosting a back pack give away! Please sign up using the link below! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

Save the date! 😊😊

Keeping you informed!! Have a great day! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

Please visit the SCS website for more information!

We are committed to keeping our parents and families updated! 😊 Please see the virtual dress code per Shelby County Schools. Have a great day! πŸ’“πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’™

Check out these updated school supply lists for virtual learning! Please note, all your child needs to begin the school year is PENCIL and PAPER! Don’t stress! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™ We will communicate with parents and families when other items are needed! We are in this together! πŸ’“πŸ’šπŸ’œ

Heads up DTE Families! Please share! ❀️

[08/01/20]   Need a FREE basket of produce?? First Baptist Church at 2835 Broad Ave. has baskets available now! There are 250 free baskets! Please share with friends and family! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

[08/01/20]   Happy Birthday to all our August Skyscrapers! Enjoy your special day! πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ

[08/01/20]   DTE Families, we are certainly following the lead of our district leadership as it relates to the virtual dress code. We received an update this evening that more guidelines would be forthcoming. We will keep you updated with any and all new information. Things are changing rapidly, so please stay connected to us! We are here to serve you! Thank you for your continued support of DTE! ❀️

Please see the updates! Have a great weekend! 😊😊

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Today, Ms. Bavier teaches us how to create a foil sculpture.
Ms. Chandler presents a lesson on primary math strategies on addition and subtraction.
Since today is Cinco de Mayo, Coach Willis teaches us the Mexican Hat Dance !!!
Ms. Garrett shows how to make a math fluency check game that you can play at home with your family.
Ms. Aldridge shows how to identify adjectives in this primary ELA lesson.
Found object color wheel
Bowling with Coach Willis
Ms. Guttu teaches a primary math lesson using strategies for solving word problems.




10 N 4th St
Memphis, TN

Opening Hours

Monday 08:15 - 15:15
Tuesday 08:15 - 15:15
Wednesday 08:15 - 15:15
Thursday 08:15 - 15:15
Friday 08:15 - 15:15
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