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Richland Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted yesterday

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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++++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

Cannot get a hold of the main office for 2 days straight. I tried 18 times. There is no voicemail :(!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 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


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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading/Language Arts

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

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
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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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading/Language Arts

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

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
54%
Social Studies

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading/Language Arts

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

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
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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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 45% in 2013.

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Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

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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

All Students76%
African American53%
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students76%
African American79%
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
African American63%
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students95%
African American90%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities71%
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 Students65%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students69%
African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students93%
African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities68%
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 Students62%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students78%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities78%
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 Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

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

Science

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

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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. 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.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

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

English I

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

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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. 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.

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 67%
Black 19% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Hispanic 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5440 Rich Rd
Memphis, TN 38120
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