Cora Howe School

Encouraging lifelong success

Encouraging lifelong success

At a Glance

  • Serves grades K-12
  • Stratford cluster
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers on-site before and aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

K.C. Winfrey   Principal

K.C. Winfrey

Welcome to Cora Howe School, a truly unique place! We work every single day to fulfill our vision of providing a nurturing, world-class setting that focuses on the individual growth of each child. We believe that Cora Howe students can and will achieve lifelong success!

Students at Cora Howe access personalized learning environments designed by highly trained specialists. Cora Howe students are engaged learners who are guided by caring adults.

Our primary focus at Cora Howe is always on the student, and we are proud of the learning culture that our team is working to create daily.


Contact Information

1928 Greenwood Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206 (map)


Principal: K.C. Winfrey
Transition Liaison, Work-Based Larning Coordinator: Jon Mahaffey
Counselor: Korree Kennington
Consulting Teacher: Charlotte Ray
Reilly Behavior Analyst/Autism Team: Adrienne Flanner
Librarian: Meg Schwegmann
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs



School Description

Cora Howe Exceptional School is a special day school for those students whose learning differences are so significant that they cannot effectively learn within the context of a less restrictive environment. Students are referred through the Individualized Education Plan Team. 

Cora Howe specializes in producing standards-based academic programs that are individualized, relevant and differentiated for each child, and we aim to create long-term learning experiences based on areas of interest and strengths for each child.

Our students have access to a variety of services and professionals to help achieve academic success, including our library, as well as work-based learning opportunities. 

Nurturing our unique students is a dedicated team of caring teachers. Oftentimes, new students will arrive closed off, like the bud of a flower. When they leave us, many have totally transformed into something beautiful. 


School Hours

7:05 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

Elementary School: Students spend the majority of their day with one teacher and their paraprofessionals. Each day they have a Related Arts class: Art, Computer/Library, PE or Study Hall. Students also get recess daily.

Middle School: This group gets to start changing classes, which prepares them for high school. Students rotate between teachers for English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Intervention classes. They also rotate once a day into a Related Arts class. When needed, they also get time for recess.

High School: Our oldest students rotate through eight different classes on an A/B schedule. Some students participate in Work- Based Learning and get to learn new skills while working with some of our community partners. Other students split their time between our school and their zoned school (some will even transition full-time to their zoned school).

Low Incidence: We have a Low Incidence classroom in each grade level. The lower-school students are in self-contained classrooms, but interact with the rest of the school in various activities and during Related Arts. The high-school students spend time out in the community working and in our PAES Lab learning skills for life after Cora Howe.


School Details & Links


Tops: Any, provided it is presentable and content is "Rated PG." Untucked shirts must fall below belt line and cover mid-section.

Bottoms: Any, provided they are presentable and do not have holes, tears, cuts or rips. Belts are not required; however, all bottoms should be the correct size. Short skirts, shorts or mini-skirts are not allowed.

Shoes: Must be worn at all times while at school. Sandals, flip-flops and open-toe shoes are allowed but cannot be worn in PE classes (closed-toe shoes only).

Special Note: Transition and work-based learning students are required to follow the Standard School Attire and dress policies for their zoned school and/or work-based learning setting.


  • Clothing Closet

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Adult job readiness skills, e.g. resume writing


  • Students can participate in athletics at their zoned schools

Extracurricular activities:

  • Creative Writing

  • Dance Club

  • Newspaper

  • Yearbook

We would like to thank the following businesses for giving our students an opportunity to learn from them:

  • Baskin Robbins at Rivergate

  • Bongo Java Coffee

  • Cokesbury Bookstore

  • Cumberland Hardware

  • East Park Community Center

  • Fairytales Bookstore

  • Fanny's House of Music

  • Goodwill

  • Rivergate Home Depot

  • Inglewood Kroger

  • YMCA: Margret Maddox, Northwest

  • MNPS (Central Office)

  • Nashville Public Library

  • Nashville Zoo

  • Nicholson Cleaners

  • Oasis Center

  • Bike Workshop

  • Plaza Arts Materials

  • Rick's Comic City

  • Old School Farm

  • Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic

  • Walgreens

  • Rivergate Mall

We have also partnered with the following agencies to create volunteer and community involvement opportunities:

  • East Nashville Cooperative Ministry

  • Loaves and Fishes

  • MTA

  • Nashville Career Advancement Center

  • Nashville Public Library

  • The Nashville Rescue Mission

  • Shelby Bottoms Community Center