Who We Are


The faculty and staff of Donelson Elementary School are committed to providing a strong educational foundation, encouraging all students to become productive citizens, and exploring the needs of an advancing society.


The vision of Donelson Elementary School is to create a positive school climate for all stakeholders and guide each student to achieve his/her highest potential in order to become productive citizens in an advanced, ever-changing world.

Core Values

Follow state standards and utilize instructional strategies that promote optimal academic
success for all.

Infuse technology daily to enhance instruction and promote a lifelong love of learning.

Prepare students to become well-rounded individuals, capable of making productive contributions in our society.

Encourage and model principles and values as the foundation for student accomplishments.

Provide a meaningful and challenging program that cultivates student learning and success as well as honors their individual differences.

Engage all stakeholders in shared responsibility for student learning as well as building a safe and caring school community.

Maintain strong professional learning communities that utilize data, knowledge, experience, and research to improve practices and accomplish goals.

Donelson Elementary School is Dedicated to Excellence for Students


History of Donelson Elementary School

Donelson Elementary, a K-5 school, opened its doors in Arlington in 2009 to alleviate overcrowding at Arlington Elementary School. But in its short existence, DES has quickly earned a positive reputation in the community, state and region.

DES truly excemplifies its motto: Dedicated to Excellence for Students. The school has a pattern of academic excellence and continues to be recognized for its successes. Every year since its opening, DES has achieved straight A's on the State Report Card. In years 2014-2016, DES earned the distinction of being a Tennessee Reward School for student achievement. We were also named an A+ School in Elementary Math by the Memphis Business Journal and the 3rd best elementary school in the state by

Donelson Elementary, which now serves more than 850 students, joined the Arlington Community Schools system in 2014 when the citizens of Arlington voted to forms its own school district. DES is now part of a four-school system that also includes Arlington Elementary, Middle and High Schools.