They Called Us Crazy,
But Now we're doing it

We've got the data to prove it, and we're just getting started.

“If you don’t believe that it can happen, you’re almost guaranteed that it won’t.”

Deartris Barber, IZone Principal
Grandview Heights Middle SchoI

With the mindset, “what would need to be true” to make student success occur in the IZone, school leaders and central level staff have been able to think outside of the box to formulate strategies that will support student achievement.

Through empowerment afforded by the Federal Government, Tennessee Department of Education and the Shelby County Schools Board of Education, the Innovation Zone is able to prescribe the necessary support and resources.

Through the support of the philanthropic community, state and federal grants and Shelby County Schools, the IZone is able to expand educational opportunities for students in underserved communities.

Our Successes

The goal of the IZone is to move students from the bottom 5% to the top 25% in five years. We focus all of our efforts on that single goal. Since the IZone’s inception in 2012, we’ve had great successes in reaching that goal to drastically improving student achievement in low-performing schools.

Is Your School Becoming an IZone School?

The goal of the IZone is to move students from the bottom 5% to the top 25% in five years. We focus all of our efforts on that single goal. Since the IZone’s inception in 2012, we’ve had great successes in reaching that goal to drastically improving student achievement in low-performing schools.

IZone Spotlight

Principals Honored During Olympics and Academics Ceremony

Principals from Zones 2,4,7,8, and 9 participated in the third and final Olympics and Academics Ceremony of the 2021-2022 school year. During each ceremony, principals in each zone were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals in the following categories:
 
Common Formative Assessment Data
  • Highest Percentage of Students On-Track/Mastered in ELA
  • Highest Percentage of Students On-Track/Mastered in Math
  • Highest Percentage of Students On-Track/Mastered in Science
  • Highest Growth in the Percentage of On-Track/Mastered Students in ELA
  • Highest Growth in the Percentage of On-Track/Mastered Students in Math
  • Highest Growth in the Percentage of On-Track/Mastered Students in Science
Chronic Absenteeism
 
Insight Survey Data

Student Spotlight

Riverview K-8 Scholars Garners Awards in "Our Voices, Our World" Youth Art and Poetry Competition

Congratulations to the Scholars of Riverview K-8 School and Principal Jemison for being recipients of awards in the “Our Voices, Our World” Youth Art and Poetry Competition.  Recipients of places/awards are as followed:

Winners:

1st Place: Leugean Bates, Khristopher Wooddall, Gregory Wilkerson, and Tarrelle Nellums  (6th Grade)
with “South Memphis Stand Up”

2nd Place: Zydarrya Sawyer (7th grade)

3rd Place: Albrianna Johnson (8th grade)

 

Finalist:

Amber Thompson (5th grade)

 

Honorable Mentions:

Nikahya Cullens (6th grade)

Dorcas Morris (5th grade)

Gean Murry (5th grade)

Craig Porter (8th grade)

Iverson Sanders (5th grade)

Taraji Townsend (5th grade)

Jometria Williams (5th grade)

Riverview K-8 School will also receive art supplies for the hard-work and efforts of the scholars and their submissions to the competition. WAY TO GO RIVERVIEW!!!