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Tara Oaks Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 737 students

 

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Posted October 31, 2014

We have 8 children that have attend and currently attend this school. We have been a part of it since 2003 when our first daughter attended. 4 of our 8 need special attention to overcome a learning disability and now they are A and B students. Any school that has standing room only and PTA meetings, School events etc is doing something right. Parents and Teachers are very involved. The school in nestled within a suburban neighborhood and there are many walkers and bikers. A fun place for learning. I'm a local realtor and constantly speak of how awesome our schools are. If you want to talk direct call me or my wife at 901-219-8552. We've been there, done that! Ha.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2014

This is the best in Memphis for a reason! The teachers go above and beyond here. The parents are all involved. This school is proactive instead of reactive to problems such a bullying. The school is beautiful and always clean. Our PTA is superb and always plan so much fun stuff for kids to do throughout the year. They do not have children constantly selling coffee, cookies, wrapping paper to raise school funds. They find creative ways to raise money by bringing the community and families together! The programs offered here are fabulous too. We specifically searched for homes only in the Tara Oaks neighborhood because my husband being a teacher knew it was the best of the best and where we wanted our children going to school. The teaching staff here makes learning fun for your child. The entire staff becomes like extended family to yours. I just cannot gush enough about how much we love LOVE LOVE Tara Oaks! <3
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

I have a Kindergartner & 2nd grader at Tara Oaks. I love the school, the teachers and the education they provide my children. I would highly recommend this school to anyone moving to the area or looking for a great school to send their kids. New Principal is very involved with the students, teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

Tara Oaks elementary school is doing an outstanding job! My daughter just graduated from kindergarten and going to grade 1 this September. she had an amazing kindergarten journey full of learning academics,art n craft,manners,sports and so on.The parents involvement is awesome,The teacher was helping, loving, caring,their academic syllabus is very satisfactory.environment of school is very terrific!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Tara Oaks is a wonderful school.They have a great staff who encourage parents to be involved with their children's work.I could not imagine a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

This school is wonderful. The teachers and other staff are friendly and professional. They REALLY care about your kids. The school is open to the parents any time you want to come in. The level of academics is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

We have been very happy with Tara Oaks over the past year. The administration/parent relationship is wonderful, PTA is very involved and we have been able to enjoy many activities in the classroom with our child. More importantly, our child is enjoying school, while receiving a very good education. Thanks to the staff and the parents who care enough to be so involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2004

With two children in this school for the last several years, I witness up close the terrific PTA, teachers, parent volunteers, and administration of this great school. My husband and I moved to this area based on the excellence of this school, and we have not regretted it for one second. The principal has the perfect amount of love, respect, and authority for the children of this school, and the teachers have the all-important mix of younger and more experienced which adds up to a loyal, thourough set of personnel. The special education staff, including the wonderful occupational therapist and preschool teachers, demonstrate superior knowledge and caring and concern for the students, ensuring that all students receive in-classroom and out-of-classroom learnng experiences that will carry them through their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2004

I have had 2 children complete their elementary education at Tara Oaks and I have one child still attending this school. This school offers some of the very best teachers you could find anywhere. The teachers are very fortunate to have a principal that is very willing to work with them and stand behind them. 5th grade is a wonderful year for extracurricular activities for the students thanks to Mrs. Jobe. She has organized an overnight cave trip and a one day trip to the Space Museum. On the cave trip the students get to stop in our state capital and tour a museum and a replica of the Parthenon and then it is on the Cumberland Caverns for the Wild Tour. Overall, Tara Oaks is a terrific school and I have been pleased having my children attend this school. Thanks Mrs. Moss, Parker, Owen, Hulon, Lucey, Jobe, Colon, Robinson...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2004

Tara Oaks is an incredible school. Because of excellent leadership by the principal, the teachers are very devoted and happy in their jobs. This is evident in the students' behavior and learning. The parental involvement thru PTA is exceptional. We are moving and are so sad to leave this school. It has been wonderful for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

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n/a

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. 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.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. 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.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

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n/a

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Writing

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n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. 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.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
African American60%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students88%
African American50%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students91%
African American40%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students79%
African Americann/a
Asian72%
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students91%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students95%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students86%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 2%
Black 7% 23%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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600 Harpers Ferry Rd
Collierville, TN 38017
Phone: (901) 853-3337

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