Croft Design Center Middle Prep

Offering unparalleled, hands-on learning experiences

Offering unparalleled,

hands-on learning experiences

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 5-8
  • Overton Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Dr. Jeremy Lewis Acting Principal

Dr. Jeremy Lewis
Acting Principal

Welcome to Croft Design Center Prep! My name is Dr. Jeremy Lewis, and I am the proud principal of one of Nashville’s most unique middle schools. Through an enhanced partnership with the Nashville Zoo and Vanderbilt, we offer our students unparalleled, hands-on learning experiences in zookeeping, zoology and other sciences. And that’s just the beginning of what we offer students.

Our mission is to set high academic expectations, meet students’ social and emotional needs, embrace diversity and collaborate authentically. We’re also committed to keeping families informed, partnering with them in their student’s education, and organizing events that connect the community to our wonderful school.


Contact Information

482 Elysian Fields Road
Nashville, TN 37211 (map)


Contact Emails:
Acting Principal: Dr. Jeremy Lewis
Assistant Principal (5th and 6th Grade): Crystal Terrell
Assistant Principal (7th and 8th Grade): Carrie Utterback
Guidance Counselor: Bryan White
Guidance Counselor: Tiffany Spicer
School Board Representative: Will Pinkston




School Description

Located on the property of the Nashville Zoo, Croft Design Center Prep is a unique middle school dedicated to global environmental awareness and developing the talents of our future leaders. Croft is the home of four exotic animals exhibits, supplied by the Nashville Zoo and cared for by the Croft zookeeper students and faculty. 

Croft Prep is committed to providing a wide range of challenging learning experiences. In addition to its unique location and hands-on learning opportunities with the zoo, Croft Prep is a member of the esteemed Cambridge International academic community. With Cambridge, our students have access to challenging curriculum that builds 21st-century skills to sustain lifelong learning. Through the Cambridge program, students can also earn high-school credits. We offer Spanish instruction for all grades, including an 8th-grade course for high-school credit. The Encore program helps challenge and support our gifted and talented students, while technology integration helps support interactive, blended learning throughout the school. 

Additionally, through a partnership with Vanderbilt University, there’s a resident scientist assigned to every classroom. Through intentional teacher collaboration with our resident scientists, lessons are geared towards engaging students in project-based learning experiences such as cultivating a school garden and butterfly garden, just to name a few. 

At Croft Prep, students have access to a variety of athletics and creative arts. Our music program has a reputation for excellence, as exhibited by its many achievements and accolades. 


School Hours

8:55 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

  • Four 60-minute periods of Core Classes
  • 60 minutes - Related Arts
  • 45 minutes - Personalized Learning
  • 30-minute Lunch
  • 20-minute Recess

School Details & Links


Tops: Any solid color with collar

Bottom: Navy, black, khaki or denim


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
    Co-Presidents: Elaina Marshall and Betsy Dakin
    Contact Information:
  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA Fun Co.
    Program Director Quinetta Quinn: 615-259-3418 ext. 72524
  • English Language classes
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Restorative Justice


  • Basketball
  • Boys' Soccer
  • Cheerleading / Dance
  • Football
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Girls' Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Track and Field

Extracurricular activities:

  • Art
  • Band
  • Cheerleading
  • Creative Writing
  • Intramurals
  • National Honor Society
  • Photography
  • Radio/Television
  • Recycling
  • Science Club
  • Special Olympics
  • Student Government Association
  • Yearbook