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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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~!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Snowden is a great school for me. It has great teachers and faculty. The extracurricular activities are great. Overall Snowden is a great school.
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