Vision, Mission & Beliefs

Empowering and Inspiring Excellence


To achieve excellence in education for our students and their success.


To empower and inspire our students to achieve academic excellence and make a positive contribution to the world.


  • We embrace authentic hope for our students and know that our work is critically important in their lives. This hope is energized by a relentless and resolute purpose: our students will learn and grow.

  • We believe that high standards, integrity, transparency, communication, and accountability promote a positive culture and a dedication to excellence.

  • We recognize promoting creativity, innovation, and critical thinking is vital for continuous growth and improvement.

  • We set high expectations for both students and staff but recognize that resources and support are necessary for those expectations to be met and exceeded.

  • We focus on establishing meaningful and collaborative relationships with all stakeholders because they are vital to providing a welcoming, secure, and supportive environment.

Strategic Plan

Dr. Lewis Brooks, Superintendent

A Message from Dr. Brooks

It is an honor to lead Shelby County Schools. I am humbled to serve with dedicated faculty and staff who work diligently to provide our 20,000 students with a high-quality education. As we continue our instructional focus and commitment to excellence, I am pleased to present the new Strategic Plan for the Shelby County School District. The plan is the result of comprehensive research, strategy sessions, and collaboration with our Senior Leadership Team and the District Leadership Cabinet.

Most importantly, we held V.O.I.C.E ( Vision, Openness, Insight, Communication, and Engagement ) listening and input sessions with teachers and parents from each of our seven school zones.

Our Strategic Plan was drafted after gathering data and input from our valued community stakeholders who share the same hopes, dreams, and vision for our district that I do.

Our Strategic Plan will provide the roadmap for our work for the next several years as we aim to carry out our new vision, mission and belief statements. We proudly launch the Strategic Plan and hold fast to our commitment to excellence and in building stronger communities.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the work of developing our path forward. I am grateful for your willingness to share your insights as we continue to prepare our students and staff for the journey ahead.