School Details

John P. Freeman Optional School

5250 Tulane Rd, Memphis, TN 38109
(901) 416-3156
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-9 546 students 16 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

72%
75%
59%
54%
66%
49%
69%
81%
67%

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

59%
63%
49%
51%
60%
48%
66%
68%
56%

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

90%
69%
57%
93%
69%
55%
91%
75%
63%

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

80%
57%
45%
87%
68%
57%
84%
72%
62%

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

84%
57%
47%
83%
56%
47%
93%
75%
64%

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

7%
49%
41%
82%
56%
47%
94%
70%
64%

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

95%
73%
65%

Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. This year they introduced two new exams in algebra II and English III. Students must pass the algebra I, English II and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined 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

John P. Freeman Optional School is a public middle school in Memphis. The principal of John P. Freeman Optional School is Elaine Parks, who can be contacted at ParksElaine@mcsk12.net. 546 students go to John P. Freeman Optional School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 58% of the 546 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at John P. Freeman Optional School is 16:1. Havenview Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 99% 37%
Hispanic 0.7% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 5%
Asian 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 0% 52%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Memphis isnt known for smart kids but this school says it all I am a student here and u can not come here with anything so I will try to give you information about the school we are one of a kind and with students who know their stuff

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school! Caring teachers. Monica Smith is a superb principal and runs a well organized school. We are pleased! Well kept secret!

  • (3 years ago)

    We feel we couldn't have made a better choice for our student than to attend JPF kindergarden program. The teachers are focues prepared and in the business to teach (not just to get a paycheck). Looking forward to 1st grade!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is one of the best schools by far in Memphis Tn. I would refer someone to John P Freeman Optional School. They prepare you with great leadership and excellent priciple. Go J. P. Freeman!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a school with high expectations in academics as well as discipline. Thinking about allowing your child to attend this school is the best choice you will make with your child's education.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is OK. The lunch could be WAAAAY better and there could be more of a variety of extracurricular ativities. Although this site says that we have dance and tennis we don't. We used to have tennis but I think the teacher quit and of my 4 years there they haven't had dance. And to end this I think that the principal is MEAN but knows what she is doing(sometimes).

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a good school. I love attending it. We have a good principal. And good teachers that work hard to keep us active. My favorite subject is science because i love trying new things.

  • (6 years ago)

    my child attends this school after transferring from another district in Tennessee. I must admit that I have been impressed by the caring and concern the teachers and administration have displayed. This school is truly a standout in Memphis City Schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has attended J.P.Freeman Optional School for three years and we love it. The administration and faculty are professional and highly qualified and the curriculum is taught at an advance level. My daughter feels safe at this school and is learning at a higher level. All students 6th - 8th grade are either in the band or orchestra. The school offers many extracurricular activities and has a championship chess team. Parents are very involved at the school and are made to feel welcomed.

  • (7 years ago)

    One of the best public schools in the nation. I love the emphasis on reading and academics. My daughter loves it here. She has been an all A student since she started. There are all types of extracurricular activities e.g. choir chess sports ets. Parents are actively involved.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love John P Freeman. It is an excellent school. My child has attended J.P.F. for the last two years and I am very proud of him and his work attitude towards school. He loves it! I applaud the teachers and the students for their academic achievements! My child is in the second grade and has made principal honor roll or honor since attending.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is no longer an Optional School. The administration is not supportive and will not allow children to be children. The teachers are unhappy with administration and take it out on students. The students feel incarcarated. They also have the same issues that 'regular' schools have. HUge disappointment. They lose several teachers each year. No stability.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent for teaching study skills. Excessive amounts of homework but well worth it because it forces the children to study which becomes a habit by the time they are in high school. The discipline needed in college is also not an issue because of the study skills learned in the early years.

  • (9 years ago)

    The experience of John P. Freeman and the administration was not up to the standards of my expectations. The school asks for parent involvement but resists it when ther is is a need for change. the school at this time has a large drop in enrollment due to parents looking at other options for college prep. education in a more comfortable atmosphere for the child and parent. The school also advertised for students to enroll this year. A top school should not have to look for qualified students. what's really going on? Many teachers have gone other places over the years.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a high school alumni of Freeman; and loved the school. Outside of school I always found myself smarter than other students two and three grades above me. I played basketball football track and I was in band. Being a all optional school the parents are very involved. I still remember the school song. This school is perfect for your child!!!

  • (9 years ago)

    I really enjoy attending John P. Freeman Optional School. There I am accepted for who I am and I can just be me. There are many academic programs and extracurricular activities offered here at my school and I am a part of every single one of them. I really enjoy seeing the smiling faces from the principal staff and my fellow peers every morning.

  • (10 years ago)

    Freeman is a great school that prepares students for the future. Parent should consider Freeman before any other school in the city. Check Freeman's TCAP Scores one of the highest in the nation and has been that way for several years. - Reginald Drake

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a great school in terms of the curriculum and extra curriculum activities. They have great community adopters. The teachers are very good. The only draw back is the current Principal and Assistant Principal. They are very militaristic and mean. Parents and children don't feel welcome.

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