Cumberland Elementary School

  BEARS: Building Excellent    Achieving, Responsible Students

BEARS: Building Excellent

Achieving, Responsible Students

At a Glance

  • Serves grades K-4
  • Whites Creek Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

  Carolyn Cobbs  Principal

Carolyn Cobbs

Welcome to Cumberland Elementary, a neighborhood school where students and their families feel welcome and loved.

Our staff is friendly, close-kit and works hard to provide a safe, fun and engaging atmosphere for every student every day. They do this by cultivating positive learning environments, establishing genuine relationships and communicating effectively with parents and students. 

Teamwork is an essential part of our school. Parents love our open-door policy—we welcome them anytime to talk or meet with us. We also welcome feedback and suggestions to help us improve. 


Contact Information

4247 Cato Road
Nashville, TN 37218 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Carolyn Cobbs
Assistant Principal: Bryan Campbell
Secretary/Bookkeeper: Sarah Vaughn
Counselor: Janelle Garrett
Literacy Coach: Angel Viera
School Board Representative: Sharon Gentry



School Description

Cumberland Elementary School is dedicated to providing a learning environment where students can excel academically in a safe and secure environment. We offer Reading Recovery services for students in kindergarten and 1st grade to support our early readers, while our teachers and staff plan together twice a week to ensure that we are meeting state standards and giving each child a high-quality education. We also offer the Encore program for our gifted and talented students. 

A Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) system helps ensure students strive daily to be respectful, responsible and ready. When they are, they get to shop in our Bear Store. Our students get to go shopping once a month in the school store. Each month, one of our Pencil Partners donates items, including dolls, footballs, hula hoops, folders, stuffed animals, and more. The students love it!

In addition to the support we provide our students, Cumberland has resources for parents. Our monthly MVP (Most Valuable Parent) meetings keep parents updated on school activities, events and policies, and we have a family engagement specialist on staff.


School Hours

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

A Typical Day at School

  • 7:45 a.m. - Breakfast in the Classroom/Announcements
  • 8:05 a.m. - Morning Meeting/Morning Message
  • Literacy - 120 minutes 
  • Personalized Learning Time - 60 minutes
  • Writing - 30 minutes
  • Lunch - 30 minutes
  • Specialty Areas (Art, Music, PE and Technology) - 60 minutes
  • Math - 60 minutes
  • Science and/or Social Studies - 30 minutes

School Details & Links


Cumberland students may wear solid-color polo tops, with blue, black or khaki bottoms or skirts/dresses.

MNPS Standard School Attire is an effective strategy to promote enhanced student appearance and behavior, which are key ingredients of a positive learning environment in which student safety and achievement are the highest priorities. Students are required to wear uniforms daily, unless notified otherwise.


  • Parent Teacher Organization
    Dues: $5
  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA Fun Company
  • English Language classes
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs

  • Chess Club
  • Debate/Speech
  • Music Makes Us
  • Newspaper
  • Swim

  • Amerigroup
  • Armor Realty
  • Metro Carpets
  • Mt. Nebo Baptist Church
  • Louis & Wright funeral home
  • Nashville Sounds
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Ransom Temple St. Paul AME Church