I am a parent or student and my school is becoming an IZone 2.0 school.

Schools that transition into the IZone 2.0 are selected based on the school’s history of low student achievement and student growth and the school’s designation as a priority school. Because students at your school are not performing academically at their full potential and consequently, the school is ranked in the bottom 5% of all schools, Shelby County Schools leadership selected your school to become an IZone 2.0 school to receive additional support focused on academic success and improving student achievement.

Need More Information?

There are several sources of information for parents to review historical school achievement data. Check the TN Department of Education to review your school’s student achievement data.

Your school, as a Shelby County Schools’ IZone 2.0 school, will have a renewed focus and direction geared towards academic excellence for students. In addition, new programs may be added to support student academic and personal development.

Students in the IZone 2.0 are educated one hour longer than students in traditional Shelby County Schools. With an additional hour in the school day, IZone 2.0 school leaders are able to create additional learning opportunities and implement additional intervention time.

Teachers and school leaders will be hired to improve student achievement at your school; and they will receive additional support to ensure that they are able to prepare students for college and careers.

It’s our goal in the IZone 2.0 to ensure that all of our schools have excellent teachers and school leaders who believe in our goal to improve student achievement while teaching and leading in our schools. Excellent teachers and school leaders who currently teach at your school may consider joining the IZone 2.0 team and the goal to improve student achievement for all students at your school.

It’s the Innovation Zone’s goal to make the transition for families and students as seamless as possible. We strive to maintain consistency in course offerings, sports, special programs and extracurricular activities currently offered at the school.

I am a community member and my neighborhood school will become an IZone 2.0 school.

Schools that transition into the IZone 2.0 are selected based on the school’s historic low student achievement and student growth and the school’s designation as a priority school. Because students at your school are not performing academically at their full potential with the school’s rank in the bottom 5%, Shelby County Schools leadership selected your school to become an IZone 2.0 school to receive additional support focused on academic success and improving student achievement.

Need More Information?

There are several sources of information for parents to review historical school achievement data. Check the TN Department of Education to review your school’s student achievement data.

We need your partnership. It takes a village of parents, community members, community leaders and families to help make sure students are excelling and learning at their full potential. Providing your community members the most accurate and update-to-date information available about your school transitioning into the IZone 2.0 is helpful.

We need to partner with stakeholders who have an invested interest in students in their community achieving. Please visit contact us for more information on how you or your organization can support.

Students in the IZone 2.0 are educated one hour longer than students in traditional Shelby County Schools. With an additional hour in the school day, IZone 2.0 school leaders are able to create additional learning opportunities and implement additional intervention time.

Teachers and school leaders will be hired to improve student achievement at your school; and they will receive additional support to ensure that they are able to prepare students for college and careers.

The Turnaround Process

Each Fall, the Tennessee Department of Education’s Achievement School District determines which priority schools, schools in bottom 5% of schools across the state, will undergo the ASD matching process for the upcoming school year. Once the ASD determines the schools for conversion, Shelby County Schools identifies priority schools in its portfolio that will transition into the Innovation Zone to help move students out of the bottom 5%.

Once schools are identified to transition into the Innovation Zone, the process to strategically turnaround the selected schools under Shelby County Schools leadership and management begins:

Fall – Early Winter

In accordance to the ASD, priority school conversion process and timeline, SCS Board of Education and the IZone Department determines which schools will transition into the Innovation Zone.

IZone staff and SCS staff conduct meetings with the current school staff and families and communities of schools impacted by the transition.

Early Spring – Late Spring

School leadership is selected and planning for the upcoming school year continues.

School leadership selects staff that support his/her instructional vision to improve student achievement.

Summer

Innovation Zone Retreat for all central-level and school-level staff occurs to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Late Summer

Before school starts, the principal, teachers and staff host events and participate in community walks to meet students and families.

First Day of School

When the same students return to school in the fall, they enter an environment where the academic excellence