Again, welcome to our area. Take a look at http://www.greatschools.net and compare our schools to your current school system. If you still need help.... I have several parents with school children who would be happy to talk to you.
Keller Williams Realty
I understand your concern regarding the public schools in Memphis , Germantown, Collierville and other nearby communities. As a parent and as a former teacher, I share your concerns. I spent almost 15 years in classrooms in both public schools and private schools in the Memphis area before beginning my real estate career 11 years ago. I can tell you that there are definitely some great public schools in the areas you mentioned. There seems to be a lot of negativity in the press about our public schools. Some of them are struggling, that's true, but many of the schools here are doing a terrific job educating the students and graduating well prepared college freshmen. The parents of these current students are probably your best resource for information.
I suggest you go to these website - http://www.scsk12.org (Shelby County Schools ) & http://www.mcsk .net (Memphis City Schools) and then click on the websites for the individual schools. Read about their programs, their activities and their philosophy of teaching. Look over the current teachers' credentials. Check for parent involvement in the school, as well. This can tell you how popular the school is with the parents.
Good luck with your search for information. If I can help you in any way, please feel free to contact me.