Carter-Lawrence Elementary School

  Raising the     achievement of all

Raising the

achievement of all

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • Hillsboro cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Does not offer bus transportation
  • Offers before and aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

  Inta Sanford   Principal

Inta Sanford

Greetings and welcome to Carter-Lawrence Math and Science Magnet Elementary School! I’m thrilled you’re here to learn more about our wonderful school, experienced staff and enriching programs, including our distinguished math and science magnet option.

We embrace every new school year like we do each day: with great enthusiasm and anticipation of new opportunities that can enhance our school community as a whole.

We encourage you to come for a visit and see for yourself how committed we are to our students. We’re certain you’ll find a vibrant and engaging community of teachers and learners that you and your family can’t wait to join.


Contact Information

1118 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203 (map)


Principal: Inta Sanford
School Secretary: Charlotte Freeman
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs




School Description

Inquisitive, observant and collaborative help describe the typical student at Carter-Lawrence Math and Science Magnet. Our goal is to provide a challenging, stimulating, exciting and nurturing learning environment where students in grades pre-K through fourth can learn academic skills and develop socially and emotionally.

Our distinguished magnet option, which emphasizes math and science, features a fully operational science lab staffed full-time by a scientist from Vanderbilt University. We also have a fantastic school garden, maintained by students, staff and volunteers, where students can participate in exploratory lessons and research. Classes like P.E., art, library and music help round out the offerings. 

To accomplish our mission of raising the achievement of all, we have high expectations for our students. We want them to meet benchmarks, graduate from college and make their communities better. These are lofty goals and ones we believe can only be accomplished with support from our students’ families. We encourage parents to get involved, whether at our monthly family nights, special community partner-sponsored events or through direct involvement with the school and PTO. 


School Hours

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

A Typical Day at School

  • 15 minutes: Morning Meeting
  • 60 minutes: Related Arts
  • 30 minutes: Lunch
  • 20 minutes: Recess
  • 60 minutes: Balanced Math
  • 150 minutes: Balanced Literacy
  • 60 minutes: RTI (Response to Intervention)
  • 30 minutes: Science/Social Studies
  • 15 minutes: Closing Circle

School Details & Links


Standard School Attire (SSA)

Tops: Solid color with a collar and tucked in.

Bottoms: Solid black, navy or khaki; fitted at the waist, with a belt if necessary.

Please refer to our Standard School Attire Policy for more detailed information, including consequences for failing to comply. 


Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

  • Contact: Jeff Parker

Before and aftercare

  • YMCA Fun Company: Contact Jeff Darnell,
  • Edgehill Center


English language classes

Parent training classes

Social and emotional Learning

  • Creative Writing
  • Eco Club
  • Debate/Speech
  • Science Club
  • Yearbook

Pencil Partners:

  • Belmont Church
  • The Buntin Group
  • Big Brother Big Sister of Nashville
  • Church at Avenue South-Brentwood Bapstist

Community Partners:

  • Michelle-Allison - Community Garden
  • Belmont University
  • CDM Smith
  • Lipscomb University
  • Edgehill Enterprise Center
  • Edgehill Library
  • Edgehill United Methodist Church
  • Metro Health Department
  • Nashville Ballet
  • Organized Neighbors of Edgehill
  • Oasis Church
  • Vanderbilt University Woodmont Hills Church of Christ
  • YMCA (Downtown and Harding Place)
  • Watson Grove Baptist Church
  • Light It Up Church
  • University School of Nashville
  • Lendlease Corporation