Glendale Elementary School

   Lifelong learners  and responsible citizens

   Lifelong learners

 and responsible citizens

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • Hillsboro Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Jeanna Collins Principal

Jeanna Collins

Welcome to Glendale, the only Spanish Immersion School in Nashville! We believe that learning another language is a critical building block for tomorrow’s global leaders. Throughout the school, our curriculum recognizes diversity and cultural awareness. All reading/language arts are taught in English, while Spanish is taught through math, science and some social studies. In addition, every child receives specialized art, music or physical education daily. 

We are located in the heart of Oak Hill and maintain wonderful community support. Parent volunteers are active in every classroom, and we have a very involved and dedicated PTO. Glendale also has developed partnerships with our Pencil partners and local universities such as Vanderbilt University and Belmont University.

We are looking forward to working with your family.


Contact Information

800 Thompson Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Jeanna Collins
Guidance Counselor: Eileen Hernandez
Instructional Coach: Dr. Emily Bigelow
Librarian: Rebecca Hornsby
School Board Representative: Mary Pierce




School Description

Glendale Elementary’s vision is to be the top performing Spanish immersion school for elementary children in the nation. Glendale opened in the fall of 2004 as Nashville’s first and only Spanish immersion school.

In our global society, there is a growing appreciation of a multilingual education. Research has demonstrated that early language acquisition promotes higher-level cognitive development. In addition, bilingual learners have greater access to different cultures, travel opportunities and appreciation of individual differences. Learning another language gives students an appreciation for customs and achievements of other cultures and creates advantages in the job market. Research also shows that students who participate in five years of an immersion program score as well—or better—than all comparison groups on achievement tests. Students participating in immersion programs also have more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language and better listening skills. 

In grades K-4, Spanish is taught through math and science and daily conversation. We also develop reading, writing and speaking in Spanish. Grade-level teams, the librarian, and related arts teachers collaborate to provide a rich learning environment which challenges students to reach their full potential, and highlights the Spanish culture throughout the entire school. By celebrating diversity through art, music, drama, dance and storytelling, teachers work together to challenge, excite and support all students as they embark on a lifelong learning adventure.


School Hours

7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • 60 minutes - Related Arts
  • 30 minutes - Lunch
  • 20 minutes - Recess
  • 30 minutes - Math RTII (Intervention)
  • 30 minutes - Reading RTII (Intervention)
  • 60 minutes - Math
  • 90 minutes - Reading
  • 40 minutes – Science and Social Studies

School Details & Links


Bottoms: Pants, shorts, Capri pants, skirts, skorts or jumpers may be worn in black, navy blue or khaki.

Tops: Shirts must be button down, turtleneck, mock, polo in any solid color.

For more guidelines, review the Glendale Spanish Immersion Dress Code Policy.


  • Chess Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Girls on the Run

Pencil Partners: 

  • Glendale United Methodist Church
  • Delvin Farms
  • Manuel Zeitlin Architects, Tennessee Foreign Language Institute. 

Our partners contribute luncheons, cooking demonstrations, environmental planning and funding for our many programs. We love our Pencil Partners!