School Details

Dexter Elementary School

7105 Dexter Rd, Cordova, TN 38016
(901) 373-3526
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-4 580 students 15 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

66%
75%
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50%
66%
49%
68%
81%
67%
86%
92%
84%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Shelby County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
63%
49%
58%
60%
48%
52%
68%
56%
91%
93%
88%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Shelby County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dexter Elementary School is a public elementary school in Memphis. The principal of Dexter Elementary School is Mrs. Cherry Davidson, who can be contacted at Dexter.es@scsk12.org. 580 students go to Dexter Elementary School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 57% of the 580 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Dexter Elementary School is 15:1. Evangelical Christian School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 5%
Asian 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 42% 37%
Multiracial 3% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 27% 52%
Hispanic 21% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I wouldn't recommend this school at all. We have had nothing but trouble since coming here. The teachers are cold and don't even try to get to know their students. Children can't be children. It's like your child is in a military boarding school and there are strict rules to follow. The administrators don't care about their students and seem more inconvenienced by them. They are also very unorganized. If you want your child in a cold unwelcoming and high stress environment then this is your school. If not skip this school all together.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attended this school for kindergarten 1st grade and part of second grade. We moved and I wish we could have taken the school with us. The principal really cares and encourages parent involvement. The teachers are really involved and are easily accessible to the parents. It is a well cared for school and it is in a safe and family friendly area.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son went to this school... we have now sadly moved away but this school had such a positive impact on my son and myself. The staff is awesome and are so caring. His teacher was Mrs. Crossett and she is so awesome and caring and such a wonderful teacher. I wish we could have relocated her with us and for every grade D lol. The principle and entire staff just care and you know and feel it. I give this school an A+++ no matter what other people may say.

  • (4 years ago)

    One of the best public schools at Cordova TN. My daughter is in this school for past 3 years and she has gained a lot from this school. Teachers are very friendly and identifies talent of students in all areas.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is in Kindergarten here this year and so far it has been great. She has an awesome teacher and she loves everything about Dexter and I do too.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has started Kindergarten at Dexter Elmentary School and I love it. The staff is very nice and I look forward to her becoming the best that she can be.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has been in Dexter Elm. since Kindergarten and we have loved everything about it! The school and staff are welcoming and warm and treat the children as if they were thier own. I highly recommend this school and have been very happy with all aspects since he started attending.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is in the first grade and just loves her school and her teacher. I could not imagine having a better teacher than she has this year anywhere else. I have also dealt with the principal who always has responded to my concerns quickly thoroughly and to my satisfaction.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love Dexter Elementary! The staff and teachers are awesome. I have 2 children who attend and I love the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has attended Dexter Elementary for 2 years now. I am very pleased with the staff and regulations that they have there. I am new to having a child in school so needless to say I have high expectations of the school my child attends. So far everything has been great!

  • (7 years ago)

    All of my children have attended Dexter Elementary and their lives are better for it. It is a big school with lots of children but it is run by one of the best principals I have ever come in contact with. She has high expectations from her teachers staff and students; and they all do their best to meet those expectations. My children have had some of the best teachers--caring competent and dedicated to their jobs. While no school is perfect I believe you will get out of the experience what you and your child put into it. It is a relationship between the school and the parents. Dexter has much to offer our kids and our community...

  • (7 years ago)

    Dexter is a wonderful school! The teachers are great and the curriculum is challenging. The PTA is very active however more parents could be involved. The atmosphere is very structured and strict but it is only for the safety of the children. I would rather have an unfriendly principal that knows how to run a safe enviroment than a friendly one that would put my children's safety in jeopardy.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think Dexter is a great school. I appreciate the way it is run and I think the teachers are great! I have been active and I think the principal does what is necessary in order to keep almost 1000 children in a safe environment where they are actively lear

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent of a kindergartner at dexter I am not pleased with the school at all no friendly atmosphere not inviting. Communicattion with parents and teacher very poor.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son went to Dexter 06-07 year. I was unimpressed with his and my first school experience. He had to change teachers after 2 weeks.(Which I was happy about as she was very rude to the students and me)The teacher he went to was no better. As far as the principal she had no care about my concerns or complaints. he is going to a different school this year.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have two children that go to Dexter elementary. One has graduated to fifth grade. She went K-4. I have been pleased with Dexter all of their academic lives at Dexter. My children have had some fantastic teachers. The office staff and the principal have been great as well. Kristin M.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter attended school 2006-2007 school year but will not be going back next school term. This is a great school but the principal has some major issues. The school board needs to evaluate her duties and look into allegations of all parents. Ms. Davidson is not friendly and has no family roles assuming she has no kids and etc. Good luck to the teachers and parents. Be prepared for the long haul !! Valarie Wilson

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter was in Kindergarten at Dexter during the 2006-2007 school year. Her teacher was terrific and had wonderful communication with the parents. The school is also very 'family friendly' and I spent numerous days eating lunch with her and getting to know her classmates. I enjoyed all the school activities and the Watch DOG program they have is great especially for children that don't have a father at home. I am also very pleased with her academic experience at Dexter. The kindergarten program is wonderful and they do a great job at making learning fun. The principal is also very helpful and has not been rude in my experience with her. I know Dexter isn't perfect but I think they provide a wonderful environment for learning.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have been very disappointed with my daughter's teacher. I would expect that a learning environment would be more inviting. I am quite disappointed. We are changing schools in one month.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my sons first year at dexter. I love his teacher she's great now on the other hand the principal and the office staff are cold to the children she runs the school like a prison and don't understand that we are the parents and they are our children not prisoners.

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