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Fast facts about Memphis schools for 2016-17

A third-grade teacher at Bruce Elementary welcomes her class on the first day of school.
A third-grade teacher at Bruce Elementary welcomes her class on the first day of school.
Caroline Bauman

The school year kicked off this week for Shelby County Schools and most schools operated under Tennessee’s Achievement School District in Memphis. Here are some fast facts for easy reference:

Shelby County Schools

  • Projected students: about 107,000 in K-12, down from about 109,000 last school year
  • Total employees: about 12,000, down from about 14,000 last school year
  • Total teachers: about 5,800, down from about 6,200 last school year

Innovation Zone schools under Shelby County Schools

  • 22 schools
  • New in fall 2016: Westhaven Elementary, Westwood High, Mitchell High, Douglass High
  • Launch year for the iZone: 2012

Achievement School District

  • Students: about 12,000, about 11,400 of which are in Memphis
  • Employees on the LEA Support Team: 21
  • Total schools statewide: 33, including 26 conversions and seven new starts
  • Schools in Memphis: 31; Schools in Nashville: 2
  • Charter operators: 13; ASD-run schools in Memphis: 5
  • Launch year for the ASD: 2012
  • New in fall 2016: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, Raleigh-Egypt Middle School (both operated by Scholar Academies), Hillcrest High School, Kirby Middle School (both operated by Green Dot Public Schools)

Correction: Aug. 18, 2016: This version corrects that the number of new starts for the ASD is seven, not five, for the 2016-17 school year.

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