In 2011, there were only two school districts — Memphis City School and Shelby County Schools. Just three years later, there were eight. Few communities have gone through as much educational change as Shelby County has recently. Fortunately, with some limitations, families still have access to most schools that have available spots, so options have never been more numerous for Shelby County families.
Greater Memphis School Districts
Achievement School District
The Achievement School District (ASD) is a statewide district that was established to turn around Tennessee’s lowest performing schools, also called Priority Schools, the majority of which are located in Shelby County. The ASD directly runs a few schools in Frayser, but the rest of its schools are operated by ASD-authorized charter organizations, which are independent organizations running public schools.
Arlington Community Schools
Bartlett City Schools
Germantown Municipal School District
The Germantown Municipal School District (GMSD) began operations in the 2014-2015 school year, and runs five schools.
- Locate your zoned school
- Transfers: All Germantown residents (including those zoned to Germantown Elementary, Middle or High, which are part of the Shelby County Schools district) are welcome into GMSD schools at any time. Germantown residents zoned to SCS schools and non-Germantown residents must apply during the Spring Open Enrollment period.
Lakeland School System
Lakeland School System (LSS) began operations in the 2014, and runs two schools, Lakeland Elementary and Lakeland Middle Preparatory. Some students living in Lakeland are also zoned to schools within the Arlington and Bartlett districts.
Transfers: Enrollment is restricted to residents of Lakeland.