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 and a comprehensive program of related arts that includes Spanish, art, music, and physical education.  Each day students learn to apply previous learning across the 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 to 1928. Whether it is 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, how we share the planet, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organize ourselves; and where we are in place and time. Eakin is certified in the IB Primary Years Programme, and our students can receive an IB education from kindergarten to 12th grade. West End Middle School and Hillsboro High School, the zoned schools into which Eakin matriculates, also offer IB programmes.

Eakin offer structures to support the learning needs of each child with whole-group and individualized instruction.  The school continues to invest in technology to supplement and reinforce classroom instruction.   Eakin hosts the MNPS full inclusion program for deaf and hard of hearing students, which serves learners from across the district. The Encore program supports gifted and talented learners. 

At Eakin, we celebrate the diversity of our student body that reflects families from across Nashville and the globe.  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. These traits make Eakin a unique and special place to learn, teach and serve.

Located in Hillsboro Village, Eakin stands in the center of one of Nashville's most vibrant urban neighborhoods. The school facility includes a 9,500-volume modern library, gymnasium, art studio, music room, auditorium, cafeteria, two playgrounds, a sports field, and a dedicated aftercare 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 week, including Art, Music, Physical Education, and Foreign Language.

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

  • All students receive a 30-minute lunch in our cafeteria. Lunch costs $2.75 per day, and breakfast is served for all students 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.


School Details & Links


Shirts: With collar in any solid color or any Eakin logo shirts. 

Bottoms: Pants, shorts, dresses, jumpers, skirts, shorts, and capris must be khaki, blue, navy, gray, or black. Denim is allowed on Fridays.

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

Outerwear: Solid-colored and Eakin-logoed sweaters, jackets, and hoodies (hoods may not be worn inside the school building) are allowed. Coats will be placed in student lockers. 


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

  • Before and aftercare
    Eakin Care Program (ECP)
    Eakin at Harris Hillman (EHH)
    YMCA Fun Company

  • Food Bank

  • Tutoring

  • English Language classes

  • Clothing Exchange

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Anti-bullying education

  • Restorative Justice

  • MNPS Reading Clinic

  • Reading Recovery

  • 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

  • Art

  • Baseball

  • Chess Club

  • Cooking Club

  • Eakin Theater Program (Drama)

  • Foreign Language Clubs

  • Garden Club

  • Lego Building Club

  • Science and Engineering Clubs

  • Soccer

  • Student Government Association

  • Belmont University

  • Bradley

  • Cake Pop Heaven

  • Edgehill Neighborhood Association

  • Hillsboro Hardware

  • Hugh Baby’s

  • HWEN Neighborhood Association

  • Jamba Juice

  • McDougal’s Chicken

  • Pancake Pantry

  • Pizza Perfect, Hillsboro Village.

  • The Urban Juicer

  • Trinity Church

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Wilson Bank & Trust