What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?

There are many excellent public and private schools available in Memphis. Below is a brief summary of each.

  • PUBLIC SCHOOLS - in Memphis (and the rest of the U.S.) public schools are funded by local property taxes. The areas with the highest property taxes, therefore, have the most well-funded and finest schools. The high property taxes on land in the suburbs have yielded public schools in the suburban areas which are generally considered far better than the public schools in lower property taxed areas. A family must live in the catchment district of the public school to send their children there. All public schools are free, even for expatriates.

  • PRIVATE SCHOOLS - in Memphis are funded from tuition paid by each student. The quality of the education at private schools is generally rated very high and it is the choice of many expatriate families living in the Memphis area. However, the tuition at most international schools is very high and there are usually requirements to meet as well waiting lists, so we recommended that after deciding on a school, apply as soon as possible to secure a place.

  • CHARTER SCHOOLS - Charter schools are non-profit, self-managed public schools, operating under a performance contract with the local school board. Although charter schools are authorized and monitored by the local school district, they operate independently. They are sometimes referred to as independent public schools. Most parents choose a school for their children dependent on the child's needs and interests.

For more information on all the schools that are located close to your residence, review the websites below. They provide extensive information about the public schools, including admission requirements, hours, etc.
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What are some examples of these schools?

For a listing and description of all types of schools it is recommended to check out the Web sites listed below. These Web sites provide a wealth of information including phone numbers, addresses and contacts.
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

If your child will be attending a public school, there is no competition. Public schools are zoned so they have to accept all children within the school zone in which you live. Private schools however, typically have entrance requirements and waiting lists. If you plan to send your child to a private school, it is recommended that you apply as soon as you arrive in the area to guarantee a spot on the waiting list.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?

Yes, there are plenty of preschools available throughout the city for children ranging in the ages of 1½ to 5 years old. Some schools feature diverse curriculum and a semi international student body. Application to these schools should be made at least nine months prior to the start of the school year, which is typically in September. If you miss the deadline for the start of the school year, your child can still be admitted mid-year, if space permits.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?

The public school system provides school bus transportation for kids to and from school. They have specific routes and these are distributed before the start of the school year. Some private schools offer this as well, but that's not always the case. If not, most parents either take their children to school themselves or form carpools with other parents that live in the same area. Some older children even use the public transit system to get them to and from school.
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When does the typical school year start and end?

Typically, the school year starts in late August or early September and goes until around the end of June or early July.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

Most information can be obtained from the Web sites below. However, should you require assistance in finding a school for your child, Crown Washington DC can help.
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