Croft Design Center Middle School

Offering unparalleled,    hands-on learning experiences

Offering unparalleled,

hands-on learning experiences

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 5-8
  • Overton Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Dr. Jeremy Lewis   Principal

Dr. Jeremy Lewis

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.


Contact Information

482 Elysian Fields Road
Nashville, TN 37211 (map)


Contact Emails:
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




School Description

Croft is the home of four exotic animal exhibits, supplied by the Nashville Zoo and cared for by the Croft zookeeper students and faculty. In addition to its unique location and hands-on learning opportunities with the Nashville Zoo, Croft 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. We offer a comprehensive related arts program that includes band, strings, physical education, visual arts, computer science, and zoology. In addition, our 8th graders can take Spanish 1 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, a resident scientist is housed full-time in our building. Through intentional teacher collaboration with our resident scientist, lessons are geared towards engaging students in project-based learning experiences.

At Croft, 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. 

School Hours

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

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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:


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  • Basketball

  • Boys' Soccer

  • Cheerleading / Dance

  • Football

  • Girls' Soccer

  • Girls' Volleyball

  • Wrestling

  • Track and Field

Extracurricular activities:

  • Art

  • Band

  • Cheerleading

  • Creative Writing

  • Intramurals

  • National Honor Society

  • Photography

  • Radio/Television

  • Recycling

  • Science Club

  • Special Olympics

  • Student Government Association

  • Yearbook