Dan Mills Elementary School

We Are Making a Difference!

We Are Making a Difference!

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • Stratford Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare
  • Community Achieves school

Welcome to Our School

It is with great pride and excitement that I welcome you to our wonderful school. My name is Robby Yates, and I am the Executive Principal of Dan Mills Elementary School. I am elated to share that you have just stepped into a school that I believe is one of the best kept secrets in Nashville.

On behalf of my incredible staff, I would like to share some of the reasons on what I believe makes Dan Mills Elementary stand out among the many elementary schools in Nashville. Strong relationships are the foundation of our school. You will witness positive and affirming relationships between students and teachers, teachers and parents, and I am confident that you will feel that the second you walk into our school.

At Dan Mills, we are focusing on developing strong literacy and numeracy skills; providing an affirming, safe environment for children; using data to inform instruction; and implementing engaging and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students. Our theme is MAKING EACH DAY COUNT. The theme was created to hold all stakeholders accountable for the academic and social growth we expect daily at our school. Every second of every day is focused on promoting success.

As we understand the importance of developing the whole child, your child will have an hour of related arts classes daily. We offer classes in Music, Art, and Physical Education. Technology is present in classrooms as we prepare our students for college and career in the 21st century. We believe college starts in Kindergarten- and we are beginning with the end in mind here at Dan Mills.

Please feel free to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best school year for your child.

I anticipate a successful year ahead, as my team and I support the academic, social, and emotional growth of your child here at Dan Mills Elementary.


Contact Information

4106 Kennedy Avenue
Nashville, TN 37216 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Robby Yates
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Covington
School Counselor: Julia Hoge
School Board Representative: Jill Speering




School Description

At Dan Mills Elementary, our teachers are known for their commitment to the students and for maintaining a high level of student achievement and parent communication.

We’re a STEM school, meaning we place a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through well-rounded daily course work. Every day, our Pre-K through 4th graders learn about reading, English and language arts, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Related arts classes occur daily and include music, art and physical education. Once a week, all students participate in a library class, where they may enjoy reading or learning more about the world of reading.

We practice blended learning, meaning students receive a mix of traditional classroom instruction as well as digitally delivered course work. This helps prepare our students for middle school, high school and college courses that are taught in the same way. Additionally, students have access to 26 student computers in our lab and six laptop carts.

Every year, we anticipate two exciting school-wide events: Dragon Jubilee in the fall and Spring Fling. During Dragon Jubilee, every teacher provides carnival-like activities in their rooms. The highlight of the year is during Spring Fling, when students create and perform their musical numbers. Spring Fling also includes a silent auction, with items donated by local businesses as well as many handmade items created by our talented parents and teachers.

We have a very active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that helps with fundraising, volunteering and participating as classroom helpers. They are an integral part of our school community, adding to our family-oriented environment, which helps keep our students actively engaged and excited about attending school.


School Hours

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

A Typical Day at School

  • 30 minutes daily for intervention and enrichment

  • 60 minutes daily for related arts (music, art, PE)

  • 30 minutes daily for lunch

  • 20 minutes daily for recess

  • Library class once weekly


School Details & Links


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  • Choir

  • Dragon

  • Garden Club

  • Runners Club

  • Student Government Association

  • Spanish

  • Drama

  • Journalism

  • STEM

  • Debate

  • Chess

  • Computer Coding

  • Piedmont Natural Gas

  • Kroger-Inglewood

  • Brush Hill Presbyterian Church

  • Inglewood Neighborhood Association