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We make learning child’s play.

Christ Methodist Day School first opened its doors in 1958 to 75 kindergarten students. Since then, we have continued to grow and thrive in the same same spot where we were founded: right along Poplar Avenue, in the middle of Memphis, just about halfway between FedExForum and Shelby Farms Park.

We are known for providing a foundation of strong academics balanced with an emphasis on spiritual growth, emotional development and personal integrity. We encourage you to come see why CMDS is the primary choice for boys and girls, ages 2K to 6th grade. We offer several admissions events each year, and are always available to schedule individual tours.

Choosing Primary

An elementary school invests all of its resources in the development of young children. At CMDS, we are solely focused on cultivating an authentic elementary experience.

An elementary school gives parents time to get to know their child. Strengths, learning style, personality and interests are developed during a child’s formative years, and that knowledge makes it easier to choose a middle school.

An elementary school preserves childhood. Our environment provides a safe place for students to take risks, explore their God-given talents and discover their likes and dislikes. They are not exposed to too much, too soon.

An elementary school offers opportunities for young students to lead. At CMDS, 12-year-olds are the big kids on campus. So at an early age, our students are taking the lead in the school musical and campaigning for Student Council.

Choosing Co-Ed

A co-ed school is reflective of the real world. Our boys and girls learn how to work with and respect each other, which better prepares them for the years ahead.

A co-ed school provides opportunities for friendships between boys and girls. Middle school can be awkward enough, so a co-ed primary experience produces more grounded children who are comfortable interacting with each other.

A co-ed school fosters leaders. Boys and girls are given the same opportunities to collaborate and solve problems together. Therefore all are emboldened to lead their peers.

A co-ed school teaches to the individual child. We break through the stereotypes typically associated with how boys and girls learn differently. CMDS teachers know each child as an individual and customize activities to reach every type of learner.

Choosing CMDS

Our teachers. CMDS is a destination workplace, and our dedicated teachers go beyond the 8-to-3. They love on their students, embodying the school’s nurturing atmosphere, while also challenging them in the classroom.

Our academics. Active engagement is more meaningful than worksheets. Our inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum is designed to foster all the things that set children up for success. Our STEAM Initiative propels students to seek out rather than receive information.

Our Encore. Our Encore program expands and complements the core CMDS curriculum. Students never spend a whole day with one teacher in their homeroom. They are instead immersed in an elementary, liberal arts-style experience.

Our Graduates. CMDS graduates matriculate to a variety of Memphis-area schools, so after 6th grade, they automatically have friends all over town. Beyond that, our pursuit of educating the whole child – academically, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally­ – leads to well-rounded students who are ready for their next chapter.

Choosing CMDS: Families Share Their CMDS Stories

How To Apply

Christ Methodist Day School strives to admit the most qualified candidates who will best fulfill the mission of the school.  Special consideration may be given to applicants coming from the Christ Methodist Early Education Program or those who are active members of Christ United Methodist Church.  Consideration may also be given to applicants with siblings currently enrolled at CMDS.

To begin your child’s admissions file at Christ Methodist Day School, please submit the following items to:

Christ Methodist Day School
Attn: Admissions
411 S. Grove Park Rd.
Memphis, TN 38117

Phone: 901.261.2157
Fax: 901.761.5759

Admissions Application
Records Release Form
  • Application for Admission
    All information must be complete, and the application must be signed.
  • Records Release Form
    Submit this form if your child is currently enrolled in another school, Day Care, or PDO.
  • Application Fee
    There is a $75 non-refundable application fee per student. (Checks payable to CMDS.)

  • Birth Certificate
    Please include a copy of your child’s birth certificate – either short or long form.

Applicant Admissions Visits
All 2K through 6th grade applicants will attend an admissions visit.

Admissions Committee Meetings
The Admissions Committee will meet and review the following:

  • Application Materials
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Report Cards
  • Admissions Testing
  • Outside Evaluations (if applicable)

Admissions Decisions
For the 2019-20 school year, admissions decisions will go out mid-February and contracts for new students will be due March 1, 2019.

2018-19 Admissions Calendar

October 23, 2018 CMDS Sneak Peek
Join us for coffee and a campus tour…no reservations required.
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Wilson-Ross Lobby

November 13, 2018 Open House
Join us for a program and campus tour to learn more about the entire CMDS experience.
Please register online below or call 261.2157.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Rash Hall

November 27, 2018 Discovery Day
Bring your child to experience the fun of a CMDS school day. Discovery Days are open to 2-4 year-old students and their parent(s).

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
EC Discovery Lab


December 4, 2018 Discovery Day
Bring your child to experience the fun of a CMDS school day. Discovery Days are open to 2-4 year-old students and their parent(s).
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
EC Discovery Lab

December 6, 2018 CMDS Sneak Peek
Join us for coffee and a campus tour…no reservations required.
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Wilson-Ross Lobby

January 3, 2019
Application deadline to be considered in the first round of contracts offered

Mid-January, 2019
Re-enrollment for current CMDS families


Mid-January, 2019
Admissions Visits
for prospective students, by appointment

February 1, 2019
Re-enrollment deadline for current CMDS students

February 15, 2019
New Student Notification for Admission

March 1, 2019
New Student Contracts Due

March 26, 2019
CMDS Sneak Peek
Join us for coffee and a campus tour…no reservations required.
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Wilson-Ross Lobby

Spring, 2019
Applications processed as space allows


Christ Methodist Day School’s tuition is set up to provide your child with an inclusive educational experience. Tuition at each grade level includes fees that cover:
  • School Supplies
  • School Bag (EC)
  • Spirit Shirt (EC)
  • Yearbook
  • Field Day T-Shirt (EC/GS) and Lunch (GS)
  • Textbooks and Novels
  • Art Supplies
  • Field Trip Expenses
  • Technology Infrastructure and Student Use of Technology Equipment, such as iPads and Chromebooks
  • CMDS Parents’ Association Membership and several event costs
  • Out of Town Field Trips (4th grade Nashville Trip, 5th grade Huntsville and Shiloh Trips, 6th grade St. Louis Trip)
2018-19 Tuition Costs

Christ Methodist Day School offers need based financial assistance to qualifying students in senior kindergarten through sixth grade.  The financial aid application is available online through FAST by clicking on the link below.

Please contact the Admissions Office at 901.261.2157 if you have questions.

2 Days (M/F)
Half: $2,450
Full: $3,750
3 Days (T/W/Th)
Half: $4,325
Full: $6,750
5 Days
Half: $6,500
Full: $8,900

3 Days
Half: $5,950
Full: $7,850
5 Days
Half: $7,575
Full: $10,750

Junior Kindergarten
5 Half Days: $7,575
Combo (2H,3F): $9,500
5 Full Days: $10,750

Senior Kindergarten

First – Fourth Grades

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Payment Plans
Financial Aid


When should I apply?

Christ Methodist Day School accepts applications year round for the upcoming school year and future school years. It is best to apply by January 1 of the entrance year to attend the January Admissions Visits and be considered in the first round of contracts offered mid-February.

What are the birthday cut-off dates?

  • Students entering 2K must be 2 before June 1 of their entrance year.
  • Students entering PK must be 3 before June 1 of their entrance year.
  • Students entering JK must be 4 before June 1 of their entrance year.
  • Students entering SK must be 5 before June 1 of their entrance year.
  • Students entering 1st grade must be 6 before June 1 of their entrance year.

How many students are enrolled at Christ Methodist?

CMDS has 481 students enrolled from 2K to Sixth Grade for the 2017-18 school year.

What is the average student/teacher ratio?

In order to provide the most individualized educational experience for your child, Christ Methodist places importance in keeping our class sizes small. Class sizes range from 12 to 20 students, depending on the grade level. Early Childhood classes have a lead teacher and instructional assistant and Lower School classes share an assistant.

What class options are there for early childhood students?

Choice of 2 Days (Monday/Friday), 3 Days (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday), or 5 Days (Monday through Friday) with the option of the following times:
Half Days: 8:00 a.m. – noon
Full Days: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Before and After Care is available, extending the school day from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

3 Half Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – noon
3 Full Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
5 Full Days: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Junior Kindergarten
5 Half Days: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Combination: Monday/Friday 8:00 a.m. – noon, and Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
5 Full Days: Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Senior Kindergarten
Full Days: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

What are the Grade School hours?

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Morning carpool drop off from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.)

What are the options for lunch?

All 2K students bring their lunch to school and eat in their classrooms. Students in Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade eat in the cafeteria and have the option to buy their lunch or bring it from home.

Does CMDS offer before & after school care?

Yes. Christ Methodist offers a Before and After Care program called AOK@CMDS. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Students may drop in or select a 3- or 5-day plan. Many after school enrichment opportunities are offered as well, such as ballet, gymnastics, Taekwondo, chess and others. More information can be found here or by contacting Amanda Bardos at (901) 261-2147.

Is there a summer program?

CMDS offers Summer@CMDS for rising Pre-Kindergarten through 7th grade students. Summer@CMDS offers weekly thematic activities, as well as many week-long special enrichment classes. Students may attend the 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. day camp and extend the hours to 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., if needed. Additional information about Summer@CMDS can be found here.

Do Christ Methodist students wear uniforms?

Students in 2K, PK and JK wear special CMDS Spirit shirts the school provides every Wednesday and play clothes with tennis shoes every other day of the week. Students in SK through Sixth Grade wear school uniforms every day. Uniforms may be purchased from Parker Uniform or Land’s End. View our school’s uniform policy here.

Where do Christ Methodist graduates go in seventh grade?

Christ Methodist students matriculate to many of the Memphis area independent schools. We take pride in the variety of schools our graduates attend and work hard to ensure our students are prepared for middle school and beyond.

This graph shows the middle schools CMDS graduates have attended cumulatively over the past five years.

2011-2016 matriculation graph



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