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John P. Freeman Optional School

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Posted today

Memphis isnt known for smart kids but this school says it all I am a student here and u can not come here with anything so I will try to give you information about the school we are one of a kind and with students who know their stuff


Posted January 27, 2014

Great school! Caring teachers. Monica Smith is a superb principal and runs a well organized school. We are pleased! Well kept secret!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2011

We feel we couldn't have made a better choice for our student than to attend JPF kindergarden program. The teachers are focues, prepared and in the business to teach (not just to get a paycheck). Looking forward to 1st grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

This school is one of the best schools by far in Memphis Tn. I would refer someone to John P Freeman Optional School. They prepare you with great leadership and excellent priciple. Go J. P. Freeman!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

This is a school with high expectations in academics as well as discipline. Thinking about allowing your child to attend this school is the best choice you will make with your child's education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2008

This school is OK. The lunch could be WAAAAY better, and there could be more of a variety of extracurricular ativities. Although this site says that we have dance and tennis, we don't. We used to have tennis but I think the teacher quit,and of my 4 years there they haven't had dance. And to end this I think that the principal is MEAN, but knows what she is doing(sometimes).
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2008

This is a good school. I love attending it. We have a good principal. And good teachers that work hard to keep us active. My favorite subject is science because i love trying new things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2008

my child attends this school after transferring from another district in Tennessee. I must admit that I have been impressed by the caring and concern the teachers and administration have displayed. This school is truly a standout in Memphis City Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

My daughter has attended J.P.Freeman Optional School for three years and we love it. The administration and faculty are professional and highly qualified and the curriculum is taught at an advance level. My daughter feels safe at this school and is learning at a higher level. All students 6th - 8th grade are either in the band or orchestra. The school offers many extracurricular activities and has a championship chess team. Parents are very involved at the school and are made to feel welcomed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

One of the best public schools in the nation. I love the emphasis on reading and academics. My daughter loves it here. She has been an all A student since she started. There are all types of extracurricular activities e.g. choir, chess, sports ets. Parents are actively involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2007

I love John P Freeman. It is an excellent school. My child has attended J.P.F. for the last two years and I am very proud of him and his work attitude towards school. He loves it! I applaud the teachers and the students for their academic achievements! My child is in the second grade and has made principal honor roll or honor since attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2006

This is no longer an Optional School. The administration is not supportive and will not allow children to be children. The teachers are unhappy with administration and take it out on students. The students feel incarcarated. They also have the same issues that 'regular' schools have. HUge disappointment. They lose several teachers each year. No stability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

Excellent for teaching study skills. Excessive amounts of homework but well worth it because it forces the children to study which becomes a habit by the time they are in high school. The discipline needed in college is also not an issue because of the study skills learned in the early years.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 12, 2005

The experience of John P. Freeman and the administration was not up to the standards of my expectations. The school asks for parent involvement but resists it when ther is is a need for change. the school at this time has a large drop in enrollment due to parents looking at other options for college prep. education in a more comfortable atmosphere for the child and parent. The school also advertised for students to enroll this year. A top school should not have to look for qualified students. what's really going on? Many teachers have gone other places over the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

I am a high school alumni of Freeman; and loved the school. Outside of school I always found myself smarter than other students two and three grades above me. I played basketball, football, track, and I was in band. Being a all optional school the parents are very involved. I still remember the school song. This school is perfect for your child!!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 30, 2005

I really enjoy attending John P. Freeman Optional School. There I am accepted for who I am and I can just be me. There are many academic programs and extracurricular activities offered here at my school and I am a part of every single one of them. I really enjoy seeing the smiling faces from the principal, staff, and my fellow peers every morning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2004

Freeman is a great school that prepares students for the future. Parent should consider Freeman before any other school in the city. Check Freeman's TCAP Scores, one of the highest in the nation and has been that way for several years. - Reginald Drake
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

This is a great school in terms of the curriculum and extra curriculum activities. They have great community adopters. The teachers are very good. The only draw back is the current Principal and Assistant Principal. They are very militaristic and mean. Parents and children don't feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading/Language Arts

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% 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 49% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading/Language Arts

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading/Language Arts

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

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

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 45% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading/Language Arts

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

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% 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 47% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% 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 41% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

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

All Students72%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students54%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students69%
African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
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

Math

All Students59%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students51%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
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

Math

All Students90%
African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students93%
African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students91%
African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
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

Math

All Students80%
African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students87%
African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
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

Math

All Students84%
African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students83%
African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students93%
African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/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

Math

All Students7%
African American7%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students82%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students94%
African American94%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students95%
African American95%
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
Black 99% 23%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-3127

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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5250 Tulane Rd
Memphis, TN 38109
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