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C
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Shelby County Schools is a public school district located in Memphis, TN. It has 114,487 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 6% of students are at least proficient in math and 24% in reading.
Address
160 S Hollywood
Memphis, TN 38112
Telephone
(901) 321-2642
Website

Shelby County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
24%
Percent Proficient - Math
6%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1150
388 responses
Average ACT
22
5,641 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
114,487
Free or Reduced Lunch
81.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    62%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    5%

Shelby County Schools Reviews

193 reviews
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My experience with Shelby County schools has its ups and downs. I like the environment I’m around! The people, the cultural differences, and the diversity around the school. I have met many people that I thought I would never come across. It has been a great experience as far as that. As for the administration “enforcing” Shelby county Schools “policies” is where it goes downhill. Some policies they try to hard to enforce and that makes the school not want to participate in certain activities, but other than Shelby county schools are great!
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I am honored to have switched over from Memphis City Schools to Shelby County Schools while still in school. This is my last year in high school and I assure you that I am ready for college. The policies of SCS (Shelby County Schools) are helping kids advance. With the world having new technologies , Shelby County Schools are allowing their students to get more involved and keeps them up on the latest technology. This being a public school district, its a very good one! I would take this over a private school any day.
My educational experience in Shelby County Schools has been very rewarding. I am fortunate to have had teachers and administrators who were very supportive and who believed in my abilities to succeed. I was able to enroll in the optional program from elementary through high school. This experience allowed me to be exposed to a variety of subject matter while challenging me to do my very best.
The extra curricular programs in Shelby County Schools are varied. They allow most students to find their niche and have a feeling of belonging. I also valued the connections between schools by the programs/subjects offered.
While I have had a great experience during my school years, there are a few things I would change or tweak. These changes would include offering more life skill classes to better prepare students for adulthood and allow more flexibility with how things are taught in the classroom.