Eakin Elementary School

Eakin Gives You The World

Eakin Gives You The World

At a Glance

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

Welcome to Our School

Eric Hartfelder  Principal

Eric Hartfelder

Welcome to Eakin Elementary.  We are an International Baccalaureate World School dedicated to preparing students to interact and impact globally. We believe that we can create a better world through integrated collaborative teaching and learning.  As a community of learners, we understand that knowledge is most effective when it improves the lives of those around us.

 As an IB World School, we integrate academic content, related arts, and teach American Sign Language.  Each day students learn to apply previous learning across curriculum to make powerful connections to address current local, domestic, and international matters.

 Located in the heart of Hillsboro Village, we partner with area businesses, universities, community members, and families to ensure all students learn at high levels.  Equipped with effective social emotional and problem solving skills, we know the next great leaders and innovators walk through the doors of Eakin every morning. 


Contact Information

2500 Fairfax Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Eric Hartfelder
Front Office Secretary/Bookkeeper: Ms. Diane
School Counselor: Allison Schaffner
School Counselor: Deborah Roland
School Board Representative: Gini Pupo-Walker




School Description

Eakin has a rich history of excellence dating back to 1928. Whether it is meeting the needs of families through our food pantry, differentiating teaching methods for a variety of unique learning styles or facilitating students to meet their fullest potential, Eakin exceeds expectations and truly does "Give You the World."

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Eakin uses an inquiry-based curriculum designed to foster intercultural understanding and respect through the study of six themes: who we are, sharing the planet, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organize ourselves; and where we are in place and time. Eakin received IB certification in the spring of 2012, and our students are a part of one of the only school systems nationwide to offer IB education from kindergarten to 12th grade. West End Middle School and Hillsboro High School also offer IB programmes.

In addition to the IB programme, Eakin offers blended learning, which combines traditional classroom instruction with digital learning. We also have the Encore program to support gifted and talented learners. One more thing that makes Eakin unique is our program for deaf and hard of hearing students, which serves learners from across the district. 

Eakin's students represent many different countries and make up one of the most diverse elementary school populations in the state. Our students speak more than 20 languages and represent over 40 countries. There is a rich diversity of cultures, races, languages and socio-economic levels. This diversity has led the school through the best times in its history and also has presented it with its most difficult challenges. The challenges have been met with grit and tenacity and the community addresses each challenge with a desire to overcome. These traits make Eakin a unique and special place to learn, teach and serve.

Located in Hillsboro Village, Eakin stands on a 9.3 acre property in the center of one of Nashville's oldest urban neighborhoods. In 2006, a $9.7 million renovation added a new academic wing to the 1928 historic Cavert School building. This state-of-the-art facility includes a computer lab, 9,500-volume modern library, gymnasium, art studio, music room, auditorium, cafeteria, two playgrounds, a sports field and a dedicated extended care wing.


School Hours

7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

  • Each grade level participates in a variety of related arts classes each day, including Art, Music, PE, Health, Instructional Technology, Foreign Language and Social Emotional Learning.

  • All our students participate in at least 20 minutes of recess per day.

  • All students receive a 30-minute lunch in our cafeteria and our nutritious breakfast and lunch are served at no cost daily.

  • In addition to Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts in an International Baccalaureate method of learning, we also offer 45 minutes of personalized learning each day via iTime class as a part of Response to Intervention (RtI).


School Details & Links


Shirts: With collar in any solid color. Fridays are Eakin Spirit Days and students may wear Eakin T-shirts. 

Bottoms: Dresses, Shorts, Capris and Pants must be Khaki, Navy or Black. Denim is not allowed. Third and 4th graders with belt loops are expected to wear a belt. Sagging is not allowed.

Footwear: Appropriate footwear for playgrounds and physical education should be worn daily. 

Outerwear: Solid-colored sweaters or jackets without hoods are allowed. Heavy coats and hoodies will be placed in student lockers. 


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

  • Before and aftercare
    Eakin Care Program (ECP)
    Eakin at Harris Hillman (EHH)
    Boys and Girls Club of America
    Andrew Jackson Center

  • Food Bank

  • Tutoring

  • English Language classes

  • Clothing Closet

  • Parent training classes

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs

  • Restorative Justice


  • MNPS Reading Clinic

  • Reading Recovery

  • After-School Tutoring

  • English Language services

  • Mental Health support: small group counseling opportunities for students who need extra support including: Divorce Care for students whose parents are recently divorced or going through a separation; Cool Kids for students who need help learning to cool their anger and managing their emotions; Making Friends, Keeping Friends for students who exhibit bullying or aggressive behavior; Bridges for students who demonstrate high levels of anxiety and worry; and Resolutions for students who need help resolving conflicts amicably.

  • Art

  • Band

  • Chess Club

  • Choir

  • Drama

  • Foreign Language Clubs

  • Garden Club

  • Girls on the Run

  • Math Club

  • Music City Kids Marathon

  • Music Makes Us

  • Science Club

  • Soccer

  • Student Government Association

  • Tennis

  • More after school clubs found here

Pencil Partners:

  • FedEx Office – Hillsboro

  • First Tennessee Bank – 21st Ave. Branch

  • Pancake Pantry

  • Starbucks – West End Ave.

  • Vanderbuddies

  • Double Dogs

  • Other Community Partners:

  • West End United Methodist

  • Crossroads Community Church

  • Ethos Church

  • Trinity Church

  • Belmont Heights Church

  • Echo Church