Croft Design Center Middle School
At a Glance
- Serves grades 5-8
- Overton Cluster
- Open Enrollment
- Offers bus transportation
- Offers before or aftercare
Welcome From the Principal
Welcome to Croft Design Center School! 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.
482 Elysian Fields Road
Nashville, TN 37211 (map)
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
Located on the property of the Nashville Zoo, Croft Design Center School 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 School 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 School 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 School, 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.
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
Croft Middle School is one of our STEAM middle schools. At Croft students use STEAM, science technology, engineering, arts and math as access points to the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration). This empowers our students to better understand how their skills fit into our complex world. Learn more about STEAM in MNPS here: mnps.org/steam
School Details & Links
Tops: Any solid color with collar
Bottom: Navy, black, khaki or denim
- Boys' Soccer
- Cheerleading / Dance
- Girls' Soccer
- Girls' Volleyball
- Track and Field
- Creative Writing
- National Honor Society
- Science Club
- Special Olympics
- Student Government Association