Hattie Cotton STEM
Magnet Elementary School

 STEMulating Higher  Academic Achievement  in Reading and Math

 STEMulating Higher

 Academic Achievement

 in Reading and Math

At a Glance

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

Welcome From the Principal

Jay Adams Principal

Jay Adams

Greetings and welcome to Hattie Cotton STEM Elementary School, home of the Colts! We are committed to cooperative learning, challenging learning tasks and integrated classrooms. While the core curriculum is provided for all students, we believe that it is also critical to provide STEM learning opportunities, character education and exposure to technology in order to prepare students for competition with their global counterparts.

To our parents, we believe that your involvement is an essential component to the academic success of your child. I encourage you to visit our website often, meet your child’s teacher and to get engaged in all that Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet has to offer. Your participation in our school is greatly appreciated!


Contact Information

1033 West Greenwood Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Jay Adams
Dean of Students: L. Peter
Front office: Tracey Creek
Secretary: Mia Washington
School Librarian: Tanner DeFrancisco
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs




School Description

Hattie Cotton is a STEM-based magnet school. All core subjects are taught with an emphasis on the Engineering Design Process and the components of STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This approach is designed to allow students to think in unconventional ways about solving problems that we face in the real world. STEM aims to teach the “whole” student in order to foster the skills necessary to become academically competitive now and in the future.

At Hattie Cotton, teachers transform the typical teacher-centered classroom into an environment that is student-driven in the following ways:

Cooperative learning: Students are actively engaged in the learning processes and working in collaboration with other students to accomplish a shared goal.

Inquiry-based learning: Students are encouraged to ask questions for a better understanding.

Project-based learning: Students explore real-world problems and challenges relevant to their lives outside of school. 

Differentiated instruction: Allows students different avenues of acquiring content or making sense of ideas in a diverse classroom setting. 

Interdisciplinary instruction: Promotes an approach where teachers connect all content areas across instructional units for deeper understanding of instructional standards.

Hattie Cotton partners with scientists from Vanderbilt University who assist in the development, implementation and delivery of stimulating, hands-on science explorations related to each grade level’s academic standards. A scientist visits our 4th grade classes weekly to co-teach in our very own science lab. Each nine weeks, these lessons relate to our current Project-Based Learning themes and allow students to ask questions and explore with a real scientist.


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • 120-minute Reading and Social Studies Block
  • 120-minute Math Block
  • 60-minute Science Lab
  • 60-minute Specials
  • 30-minute Recess
  • 30-minute Lunch
  • 40-minute Intervention

School Details & Links


Standard School Attire

Tops: Short or long sleeves and a collar in any solid color

Bottoms: Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, dressers or jumper-dresses in black, navy or khaki

For specific guidelines, including dos and don’ts, please review our Hattie Cotton Dress Code Policy document.


  • Art
  • Book Club
  • Garden Club
  • Robotics
  • Science Club

  • Dollar General
  • Eastland Kroger
  • YMCA