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5440 Rich Rd
Memphis, TN 38120

(901) 416-2148
(901) 416-2150
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November 26, 2014
This is my first year at this school. I simply love the school. My daughter is in kindergarten and I just can't say enough about her teacher and the administrative staff. The assistant principal is so attentive and caring to the children. The school treats the children like family. I simply love this school.

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August 31, 2014
My oldest went to a local private elementary school. We feel that we have gotten a much better experience at Richland for a our youngest child. The teachers are amazing, creative, and so invested in each child's success it is amazing to watch as a parent. Being a part of the learning process, you can't help but want to be involved. It truly feels as though this school is one that has survived "the times", like a neighborhood school. The parents know the other children in the class. The teachers know the parents names, the siblings names, and actually care if a child has lost a tooth, got a new pet, or is struggling. I love it and wish we had found this school for our son. I don't know of any parent or student who doesn't feel at home here.

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August 03, 2014
I wanted my son to go to a private school but when it came time to enroll him we just could not afford the cost. I live in the Richland Elem. District and was told l was nuts not to send him. Well l had no choice so off to Richland he went. This year he is entering the 5th grade. There are no words to describe how l will miss this school. From K-4 l have loved every teacher. . it's. McNary, the principal, does an outstanding job. I would actually pay money to attend this public school. I think that sums up my feelings in a nutshell.

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September 27, 2013
I'm a parent of a new kindergarten student....and WOW!!! We spent close to 7k last year for a private pre-K school....but no lie, since she started at Richland, she is reading everything she sees. (She has only been there 2 months so far) I would recommend doing whatever it takes to get your child here! A++++

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February 10, 2012
I have 2 students at Richland and am so sad that this is my daughter's last year there. I have been so pleased with the education that both of my children are recieving! I would not hesitate to stand them up to some private school kids here in town to compare!

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February 09, 2012
Cannot get a hold of the main office for 2 days straight. I tried 18 times. There is no voicemail :(!!!

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January 15, 2012
This is such a wonderful school. We feel very blessed to have our two children attend school here. Parental involvement is a huge plus at this school. I volunteer every week for my children's teachers. I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me that I can come and be apart of their daily routine at school. I was so nervous about sending my first child to a public school, especially in Memphis, but after visiting this school and others; Richland Elem. is like not other public school in the Midsouth. It exceeded all of our expectation!!

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October 25, 2011
Wonderful Memphis City School. Better than Private in my opinion, because of the excellent and caring teachers, and the support staff. Mrs. McNairy is an amazing principal. The PTO raises all of the money needed for extra items for the school, since Richland is not eligible for Title I money. Parental Volunteering is the main backbone of the school. If it weren't for the joint effort of staff and parents the children would be left behind. Instead they are excelling in all areas. It is a caring and nurturing school. That puts the focus on the kids, not the money. I recommend to any that can transfer in or live in the district.

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January 25, 2011
Richland is the kind of school every parent dreams of. It's better than a private school. It's the best of the public schools. My children feel nurtured and loved by a caring community of faculty, staff and parents. There is so much parental involvement at this school that my kids know all the other parents' names sometimes before I have a chance to learn them. Someone in an earlier post mentioned some discipline issues...each of those incidents was a one-time event that was handled quickly, professionally and to my high standards. I think any parent can feel like they are making the best decision to send their child to Richland. We love it here!!!!! The teachers are beloved, the administration is top notch and the parents who choose to get involved make the school exceptional in so many wonderful ways.

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August 20, 2010
I have been in the system for years as both a parent and teacher, and I can truly say that it doesn't get better than Richland! The parental involvement reminds me of what you might see in a private school these days - there are ALWAYS parents in the building helping, reading, working, listening. The administration is tops and has the best interest of the kids in mind with every decision that is made. There are weaker and stronger teachers everywhere, and some teachers' personalities mix with better with some kids than others, so it is hard to speak to the fact that every now and then you might encounter a teacher who doesn't "fit" your kid. Overall though my experience has been that even when that does happen (and it wouldn't be often) everyone is open and willing to listen to come to the best solution for the kid involved.

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July 12, 2010
We have been very involved at Richland. Parental involvement is the norm there. It makes for a much better school. The problem I see is the lack of discipline with regards to trouble makers. The last year included a child loudly cursing at the Asst Principal, children ganging up on another child in the bathroom, and students creating facebook sites ridiculing students. My child was afraid of some students by the end of the year. I blame a lot of the discipline issues on the school system. The principal and teachers are left with fewer options. Since Richland isn't a Title I school, the school board treats the school like an unwanted orphan. The parents work together to raise money for even basics like copy paper. We will send the rest of our children here. I just know that the school could be even better.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2010
This was our 3rd year and Richland and it just keeps getting better. This is an exceptional school with the best staff ever. I would definitely recommend this school for anyone.

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no rating October 03, 2009
Have two grandsons that attend Richland.Teachers are great have seen them in action with students.My grandsons are in the 4th and 5th grades.Love tha education they are receiving at Richland

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no rating May 27, 2009
I have two children at Richland, one that just completed 1st grade and one that just completed kindergarten. We have been very pleased with this school. Parental involvement is superb and the administration is outstanding. I have never walked into the school during school hours where I did not see the principal or assistant principal walking through the halls, and it is apparent when children are in the halls that they know they are expected to be respectful of their school and others. This speaks volumes to me about the school in general, not to mention that I truly believe the education my children are receiving is as good, and in some cases better, than a private school education in Memphis.

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no rating February 27, 2009
My daughter has been going to this school since 1st grade. In the beginning I truly loved it, however, my daughter has been placed in a special class of children and the teacher was highly recommended. After several years now, I have had so many complaints and physical issues with the teacher and do not recommend this school. If your part of the normal routine in school, everything is fine. If your child is a special student, the school seems to forget about them and appear to have their own set of rules. It's always a conflict of stories per teacher and child and resolution to correct any issues appears to work for short periods only. If your child is in need of special education, I would not recommend this school whatsoever.

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no rating February 26, 2009
My husband and I are very pleased with Richland. We are African-Americans with a son in the 4th grade and has NEVER felt unwanted and the school is like a stir-fry; different races together but maintaining their own shape and identity. Our son has attended private shcool in another state and a different public school in Memphis with a great reputation, but Richland is the best school and fit for my son. He has ALWAYS been a straight-A student, excels in every subject, and is enrolled in CLUE. Why pay for straight A's in private school when Richland is like a 'free' private school. The staff, extra-curricular activities, and security are outstanding. Not one time have I ever arrived at school and witness kids being disruptive. Usually when parents complain about about teachers, grading system and/or racism it's usually personal and bad attitude toward the teacher and/or

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October 17, 2008
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no rating October 06, 2008
Richland is like private schooling for free!!!! you can't go wrong, no matter what type of learner your child is. The teacher quality and parent participation or unmatched.

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October 05, 2008
i moved to this neighborhood when i was pregnant with my first child because i knew i wanted her to go here. seven years later i have two happy girls who go to and love richland.

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October 03, 2008
We are on a choice transfter and it was either Richland or Private. My children couldn't get a better education even if I put them in private schools. Best school by far. Save your money and send them to Richland.

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no rating October 02, 2008
The parental involvement at Richland starts at the top, with Principal McNary, Vice Prinicipal Lewis, the office staff, teachers and so on (in no particular order). My 2 children have had a fabulous experience at Richland. The warm welcome, the school activities and most of the teachers are a sturdy foundation year to year for students to learn and grow and parents to be involved.

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no rating October 02, 2008
We love Richland! This school is better than a private school; it has all the parent involvement and the diversity among the student body that helps kids learn tolerance, understanding, and how to work in a 'real world' setting. I find the faculty knowledgable, warm, and hard-working; they are student-centered and help each child achieve his/her best.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
Richland Elementary is a wonderful school. Excellent Principal, Great Teachers, and a hardworking, dedicated PTO!

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October 02, 2008
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no rating October 02, 2008
We love Richland! Great teachers, great school. Wonderful PTO involvement. We couldn't be happier with the education our son is getting there.

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September 30, 2008
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August 20, 2008
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no rating April 22, 2008
This is the best elementary school in Memphis.

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April 16, 2008
As a parent of three children, two of which are currently enrolled at Richland, I cannot say enough about this school!! The teachers are amazing, parental involvement is outstanding, and the principal is great. My third grader is reading on the 11th grade level and my formerly shy kindergartener has blossomed under the leadership of his amazing teacher. This is the best school in the Memphis area- where else can you get a free education that equals, and even surpasses, most area private schools?

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no rating March 31, 2008
This school is Tops in every category. To enroll our child in KK, my Wife and I had to wait in several long lines at the Board of Edu. on numerous occasions to get the opportunity to register. It was well worth the time we spent! Our daughter is a straight-A student in the second grade. I am most impressed by the parent involvement at the school. Everything from Parents On Patrol, (POP), Dads of Great Students (Watch D.O.G.S), and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Richland is not a Title I school which means they do not get some state $$. Richland does quite well with the PTO fundraisers and events. I am thankful for the outstanding leadership of the Richland PTO and all of the hard work they do to enrich the children's education.

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March 24, 2008
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January 10, 2008
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October 16, 2007
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April 04, 2007
I just love this school. My child has special needs and their counsler and teachers have worked very hard with us as parents. It's nice having them there for both our support as well as our child's. I would highly recommend them. There are also many things going on within the school to stay active and be involved in the community. I am a very proud parent.

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March 20, 2007
We love Richland! My daughter has been there for 2 years and my son will start KK there next year. The principal is excellent, the teachers are wonderful and the curriculum is first rate. And I am a teacher so I feel like I know what things to look for. The thing that really pulled us there was the parent involvement. Richland has been selected as one of the top parent involvement programs in the state of TN twice in the past and still maintains a huge PTO group which contributes in innumerable ways to the school, including thousands of $$ from fundraising efforts. I am so glad there is a 'choice' in our public schools and encourage anyone who is on the fence to attend one of Richland's monthly tours.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
My child started this school this past August. I am so happy with this school. Last year, she was in private school and this year we decided to send her to public school. This school has far exceeded my expectations. I am satisfied with my child's teacher and the school principal. This has been truly a great experience for us. We plan to send my daughter back to this school next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
This school has been great even though my child has some special needs, they have been great. We love the amount of parent envolvement here. Parents these days are going to have to do this if they want to change the future of public schools in this city. Take responsibility.

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July 18, 2006
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June 08, 2006
We have 2 children at Richland and I must say we have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of teachers and faculty available to us. The principle is proactive and responsive to the needs of the students and the parents. As with most things, you get out of the experience what you put into it. Active involvement in the school's PTO and the many school programs and activities is a must! Parental involvement is strongly encouraged.

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February 04, 2006
My children recently enrolled in this school.I feel the school is overrated and that the leadership wants to keep minorities away. We have never felt welcome and I feel they systematically fail children based on race

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December 01, 2005
My husbnad and I moved into the neighborhood so that our daughter could start Kindergarten @ Richland. We have not been disappointed. Richland is an excellent school w/ a lot of parent involvement. The teachers are great and security is taken very seriously.

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November 26, 2005
My son has attended Richland for 2 years. It was an adjustment coming from private school. The principal made me feel good leaving my child everyday and I knew he was in good hands. He had a wonderful year and learned much. This year his teacher has worked hard to do whatever she can to help my child succeed. I appreciate their patience with all children. It is great to be apart of the Richland Family.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
As I have 2 older sons who attended private school, I decided to try public school for my daughter entering kindergarten. She spent 3 years at Richland, and I have regretted it many times since removing her. While the overall presentation of the school is impressive, she had a kindergarten teacher who was not in the least nurturing, and although many parents complained, nothing was done, as she has been 'in the system' for a long time. First grade was no improvement, and in retrospect, I realize I did harm to my daughter, as she has a perception of school as very stressful, and has been 'turned off' from learning. Now I'm trying to reframe her thinking after moving on to a private school which offers a more nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Richland Elementary creates a nurturing environment for its students and instills a deep love for learning. The faculty and staff are outstanding. Both of my children have excelled at Richland. The CLUE program for the academically talented has allowed them to develop their higher thinking skills and supplements in class academic study. The level of parental involvement is high, with alot of support for the teachers. Richland is a jewel within the Memphis City School system.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
We transferred to this school since we do not live in this district. It is fabulous. The principal is fabulous. He knew our names and my daughter's name the 1st full day of school. We were impressed since we were new to the school! Parental involvement is great. The teachers are great. Wonderful after-school program. We love Richland!

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Richland Elementary School
5440 Rich Rd, Memphis, TN  38120
(901) 416-2148
Last modified Richland Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richland Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top