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PK-8
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Memphis, TN
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1870 North Pkwy
Memphis, TN 38112

(901) 416-4621
(901) 416-4620
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August 31, 2014
awesome...i have a child that went to snowden and i love how generally accepting they are of different beliefs and religions and views on things in the world. One day my daughter came home saying she made a new female friend (other than her best friend who didn't go to school with her) She said that her friend was holding hands with this other girl and hug her all the time. (she didn't know her friend was you know what....) so i didn't tell her that. The other students seem generally accepting... and nice to that little girl .So i knew this was a good school.. and academically she was excelling in all areas. To this day she is she is still a great student and is still friends with that girl... they hang out from time to time and they are the best of friends. Snowden, has made her the accepting and sweet smart person she is today. great for parents too... nice student learning enrichment programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2014
so nice..... its very community oriented so i like how they teach students to care about the community

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2014
Snowden is a wonderful community driven school. It is the best in midtown. They have a great academic program as well as highly respected musical and artistic offerings.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Snowden is an amazing school. It has so much to offer to all children. Every teacher works extremely hard to meet the needs of all students. My child is in one of the inclusion classes. At first I was worried that my child wouldn't get what they needed but I was so wrong. My child is thriving in that classroom! I know that she is a better person now and she has learned many skills necessary for growing up in a diverse culture. Her teacher has done a wonderful job creating a community in the classroom. My daughter is always excited to go to school!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Snowden is our wonderful neighborhood school. Everything about it feels like a family. Academics are as important as music, the arts, and culture. Mr. Thompson, the principal, is the kindest, most approachable & hard-working person we've encountered. Snowden has a great community of parents and grandparents, neighbors, and alum who love to support this school. We could not be happier with this sweet school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Snowden is the school of choice. My children and now their children attend. Great teachers and programs. Way to go!!

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2014
Snowden is a good school. This is our first year there but we like it. The principal, Mr. Thompson, is one of the best. He is always visible and is active in the entire day. I see him almost every morning outside with the kids when I take my kids to school. His staff is good also. They are on top of things. You can stop him and talk to him at anytime about any of your concerns. The students know that he is always around. He will respond to your emails and calls. We made a good choice in choosing Snowden. We have 3 kids at Snowden and they love it. My 6th grader has made some friends. The school does not tolerate bullying and I really like that. The signs that say "No bullying" are all over the campus and they constantly have no-bullying rallys. The Clue program is awesome and the clue teacher Mrs. Bergman is one of the best that we've ever seen. My kids are enjoying it. The only thing that I would like to see is a larger cafeteria or 2 cafeterias. Snowden is a large school and it's difficult to feed PK - 8th grade in one cafeteria. There is plenty of parent involvement too which is great.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
I was a student at Snowden from grade 1-7. I have very fond memories of it. The teachers are dedicated, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. The only problems I remembered affecting the student was the lack of funding. I am in 10th grade at a middle tn school and its shocking how much extra cash these schools have to blow on big tvs for every room in the school, yet memphis city schools are struggling to get by. I will always love Snowden School, and If I ever live in memphis again thats where my kids will be going.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2012
Snowden is such an amazing school. The faculty truly go above and beyond in their efforts to provide top quality education to a diverse population. There's not a private school in Memphis that I'd choose over our neighborhood public school.

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February 13, 2012
I am currently a student at Snowden, planning to go to Central next year. I have been at Snowden all of my life, and while I am quite tired of it now, I think it has been a wonderful 9 years. I met many new people of different races, religions, and backgrounds, while still learning and having fun.

- submitted by a community member
March 20, 2011
This diverse staff prepares children for the standardized test and for life. The school's philosophy appears to be to prepare the child for the path, not the vice versa. Some communities may have the luxury of coddling and acting as buffers for their young ones. In Memphis, we do not. Work hard. Get organized. No excuses. Form bonds with your peers and your teachers. Real strategies for the real world. My daughter is a product of the Memphis City School (Snowden and Central) and she scored 5's on all AP exams and 29 on ACT as sophomore, and we are not brainiacs. I'm telling you. Work hard. Get organized. No excuses. It works.

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February 02, 2011
Supperior Job At This School Clean Neat And Well Preparied I Loved Snowden Band Witch I Was In The Mighty Sound Of Midtown Supperior Job At Your Preformces..GO Snowden School Green Dawgs

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no rating October 17, 2010
It is a great, caring neighborhood school.

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June 19, 2010
I have been going to snowden since kinergarden and i've enjoyed every bit of my time at snowden.I am now going to 6th grade and I plan to be at snowen until 8th grade. I tried out for pep squad and i have made the team. Snowden has so much to offer. Your child would be excited to go there signed student, victoria

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March 24, 2010
Snowden is a top-notch school! I'm grateful my grandson is a 7th grader there and will soon be a senior!

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August 18, 2009
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July 23, 2009
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March 16, 2009
I attended Snowden for three years. I honestly believe it is the best elementary/middle school in Memphis. The teachers are wonderful and educated in their subject. You will never have to worry if you r child is getting a proper education. They also incorporate fun with learning, helping children to excell in school. The fine arts programs are exceptional. Overall, the school is wonderful and I really miss it.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2009
Snowden is the best K-8 school in the Shelby County district. It is the safest and most improved school in the mid-south! I love Snowden so much because it actually helped me to become a better person; moreover, it has helped me to do better in the future. When I reach my adult years, I will always thank Snowden and appreciate it because the principal and staff has just been wonderful! I never thought that I, Kaila Garrett, would ever get a trophy, because I never thought that I tried hard; however, all of that changed when my seventh teachers gave me the 7th Grader of the Year Award and the English Award, which was given to me by Mrs. Busby. I love Snowden and have learned alot of life lessons from this school that i will treasure into my pre-adult and adult years. Something great really does start at Snowden!

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no rating January 14, 2009
Snowden is a great school! The teachers, administrators and staff are very caring and in touch with the students and parents. My daughter is in the sixth grade and she simply loves the school. She willingly shares with me what she learns in class. I also had two sons who attended Snowden. All three of them are honor students. Snowden gives its students what they need to be successful. It is definitely true...GREAT THINGS START AT SNOWDEN! I

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no rating January 12, 2009
I sent my oldest son to Snowden fourteen years ago and now I sending his brother there. I was pleasantly surprised that after so many years I saw some of the same teachers that taught my oldest and the respect and discipline was still there. Several things has changed but the parents and teachers still communicate and work hard together for the children and the community.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
My son has been attending Snowden since kindergarten. He is in second grade now in Snowden's optional program. We are from CA and when we moved to Memphis we researched schools and found Snowden to be one of the best public schools in the city. We have been very happy with my son's education there and even bought a house walking distance from the school. Snowden will celebrate 100 years in 2010 and we are excited that our youngest son will be starting kindergarten that year. Also, from everything we hear, Snowden has always been a great school - for all 100 years.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
My family and I love Snowden school. I have one child in 2nd grade and another who will be in kindergarten at Snowden next year. The school is challenging, fun, and safe. The kids are happy and proud of their school. The neighborhood surrounding the school is beautiful. The PTA is very active and they make it easy to get involved. I love the fact that my child goes to school with a diverse group of kids. This an important part of getting him ready for adulthood. I am grateful for Snowden and love being part of the Snowden community!

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December 18, 2008
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December 16, 2008
My daughter has been at Snowden for the past two years, and they have been wonderful. She began her academic career in kindergarten at another MCS school but I switched her to Snowden in first grade when she tested into the optional program. This was the best choice I could have ever made. I was impressed with Ms. Battle as principal and I am equally impressed with Mr. Thompson. Mrs. McFarlane and Ms. Sit have rocked first and second grade. I give Snowden 5 stars!

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December 16, 2008
I attended Snowden and now I have 3 children at Snowden. We all love Snowden. I stayed in the district so that my children may be able to attend Snowden.

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December 16, 2008
I went to Snowden when I was growing up. It is the best neighborhood school in Memphis. I have two boys who have gone there since kindergarten, they are now in the 5th and 4th grade. I see so many of my former classmates and their children now attend Snowden. The PTA at Snowden is excellent. One of the best sources for communication. If there was one thing about Snowden that could improve it would be better communication from some teachers. Not all respond quickly to emails or notes.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
My third child is now in the fifth grade at Snowden. All three of my boys have been academically challenged at the school and have performed well on TCAPs and other standardized tests. They have also been given some great opportunities (traveling to places as diverse as Reelfoot Lake. Disneyworld and Boston) and have all made a fine group of friends at school. This neighborhood school has been great for my family.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
We have been with Snowden since 2003. When we returned to Memphis, we bought the line that we should avoid the city schools and buy a house zoned for a county school. After one semester in a county school, we enrolled our son in the optional program at Snowden. Because we are out of system, we pay tuition to attend Snowden. It is the best $1200 a year we spend. My son is now a 6th grader and his sister is a 4th grader. I could not be more pleased with not only the quality of instruction, but the community feeling of the school. The PTA is extremely active in supporting not only the teachers, but the students as well by funding the AR program and store, field trips, campus beautification and a host of other projects. Snowden is the best school in the Memphis metro area, no question.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
We have been very pleased with our experience at Snowden (elementary). Our second-grader is in both the Optional (slightly accelerated pace) and C.L.U.E. (gifted) programs. (She says C.L.U.E is her favorite thing about school.) The teachers have been great with both students and parents. The new principal is very energetic and accessible, and he maintains great rapport with students, teachers, and parents. One of my favorite things about Snowden is that my daughter went to school with a love of learning, and Snowden has nurtured that love rather than squelching it, as sometimes happens in structured learning environments.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
I am thankful my daughter is able to go to Snowden School where she is able to participate in programs such as CLUE to enrich her education.

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December 16, 2008
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December 11, 2008
My children are third and fourth graders at Snowden School and have both been there since kindergarten. We have had an excellent experience with our neighborhood school, both academically and socially. The teachers are very experienced and caring with the children. I was afraid the school was too big to be personal but have found that it is separated into lower, middle, and upper schools. This way, the children can have the advantages of many activities and resources of a large school but are with peers throughout the day. For instance, my children, who excell in reading, can access the middle school library and they love the pep rallies. We love the new prinicipal, Mr. Thompson. He is very accessible to parents and is working hard for all Snowden students.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2008
Snowden is the best middle school in the state of Tennessee. I have three boys at Snowden and my experience with everyone at the school has been nothing less than great! My boys' have excelled in academics, sports and socially. I recommend this school to any parent seeking a safe, challenging and structural environment for their child. Toia Harvey

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2008
I will soon have all three of my children at this wonderful public school in the heart of midtown Memphis. I walk my children to this true neighborhood school -- the community of Snowden is priceless~!

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February 20, 2008
Excellent! It is a great atmosphere for us to learn in and it is also a nonviolent one. The sports, foreign language, and arts programs are good as well.

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October 25, 2007
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July 01, 2007
I live in the county, but pay tution and drive in 20 miles a day for my children to attend Snowden, a city school. The principal is exceptional and the PTA is fabulous. They do an icredible job keeping the elementary and middle school seperate. The relationship of the school to the surrounding neighborhood, including Rhodes College, provides a unique environment. I cannot reccomend this school enough.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
We live in the county and pay send our children to Snowden. We have one son and one daughter in Snowden's optional program. The program, teachers and administration are all fantastic. Communication with parents and teachers that care about education is what sets this school apart from others, including local private and county schools.

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June 27, 2007
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May 04, 2007
I have two daughters that attend this school and both are in the optional program and CLUE. The academic coursework is challenging for them, which is the main reason we switched to Snowden. My 6th grader, under the direction of her 6th grade CLUE teacher, Ms. Dobbins has dramatically increased her writing skills. I have been happy w/all other classes, except Science. The middle school choir program is exceptional under the direction of Ms. Baker. As to my 3rd graders experience, she is academically challenged and also has gotten a lot out of the CLUE program, which is a pull-out program 5 hours a week for her grade level. Overall we have been very happy w/Snowden.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
While my daughter excelled academically at Snowden and is clearly academically ahead of most of her classmates in her new school (in Missouri), her two years at there (KK and 1st grade) were extremely difficult ones. Too many of the teachers and staff at the school seemed to know how to relate to children only in a hard, authoritarian manner. Though she never found herself in a bit of trouble (she was frequently recognized for her citizenship), she was often afraid to go to school. Snowden is very good academically, but academic achievement alone is worthless if the desire to learn is crushed. Snowden can be better, but significant change in the ways teachers engage students is needed.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2006
My 7th graders have been at Snowden since kindergarten. They love it. The Optional program & CLUE have encouraged them to rise to challenges, to think out of the box, and to be productive. Led by Ms. Battle, the faculty and admin staff are excellent; responsive to both students and parents. I don't think my boys could get a better education anywhere else in Memphis.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2005
My daughter just completed her eighth year as a Snowden student. She has grown up there and I can truly say that most of our experiences have been exemplary. Like anything, if you are an involved parent, your child will receive a superior education at Snowden. My daughter is shy and she has blossomed into a great girl who is a cheerleader, in the award-winning concert choir in addition to being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and awarded the William H. Sweet award. Snowden's programs and faculty foster an environment in which the students can not only flourish socially but also academically. -Catina Jennings

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
My child is in her 3rd year at Snowden and she & I loves it! The teachers are wonderful and really care about your child's education & well being. Ms. Battle and the assistant principals , teachers and the rest of the staff care about he children's safety. Snowden also is a no tolerance school. I feel my child is safe when I send her to school every day. They even have a student 'Peer Mediation' program which my child is a part of. I know that Snowden is the best school in Memphis. I am so happy that my child has the opportunity to attend this magnificent school.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2004
Snowden is a great school! The teachers work hard with the parents to ensure a quality education for the children. The principals are some of the best in the Memphis City school system.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2004
Snowden is the best public school in memphis. Ms. Battle and her excellent staff, are doing a magnificent job with my children. Snowden also have a wonderful pta that are helping the school meet its needs. Always remeber something great is going on at Snowden.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2004
Snowden is a great school for me. It has great teachers and faculty. The extracurricular activities are great. Overall Snowden is a great school.

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2004
I think that this is the number one middle school in Memphis Tennessee. This school has great teachers and principles who dicipline the students very well. There are alot of electives that your child can choose from, like band which the instructor is Mr. James Robertson who actually is one of the drummers for Issac Hayes. Choir the director is Mrs. Wendy Baker who has been teaching choir for 18 years now. Art the teacher is Mrs. Glover she has been teaching for 25 years at Snowden. Drama,Spanish the teacher is Mrs. Diacey. The schools most lovely principal is Mrs. Catherine Battle. I hope I encouraged you into letting your child come to this school. If you choose to do so you have made an excellent choice. There are two ways your child can come to this school on a transfer or in an optional program. Good Luck!

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Snowden School
1870 North Pkwy, Memphis, TN  38112
(901) 416-4621
Last modified Snowden School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Snowden School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top