Margaret Allen Middle School

One Team, One Dream

One Team, One Dream

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 5-8
  • Antioch cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers aftercare
  • Community Achieves school

Welcome to Our School

Kisha Stinson-Cox  Principal

Kisha Stinson-Cox

At Margaret Allen Middle School, we make sure every student excels and becomes a lifelong learner. Students get personalized instruction that embraces the diversity of our community and helps them develop healthy social and emotional habits. We hold everyone—teachers and students—to the highest of expectations. It is our goal for our students to utilize their academic skills to influence change in the world. 

Our school reminds me of a home away from home. Our teachers truly create and promote a family atmosphere where every child feels safe, valued, respected and celebrated. If you want your child to grow, feel empowered and achieve, I highly recommend Margaret Allen Middle School.


Contact Information

500 Spence Lane
Nashville, TN 37210 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Mrs. Kisha Stinson-Cox
Assistant Principal: Ms. Monica Bryant
Family Involvement Specialist: Denise Bourke
Counselor: Wanda Howell
Community Achieves Coordinator: Earl Lattimore
School Board Representative: Anna Shepherd




School Description

Margaret Allen students are a very diverse group of approximately 500 students who live in the Antioch community.  There are 21 different languages spoken within the school walls.  

At Margaret Allen, we work together and support each other. Our students embrace the three Rs at our school: being respectful, responsible and ready. Students enjoy coming to school where they actively participate in academics and non-academic activities. We even offer several student-centered activities during the summer. 

Our 5th and 6th grade students follow the family model where they are attached to a two-person teacher team for the majority of their classwork. Our teachers and administrators believe in celebrating student achievement—our EL teachers even went to the homes of students who had exited out of the program during the summer to let them know the good news.

Margaret Allen uses Restorative Practices to handle major disciple issues. This involves helping the students to understand the impact their words and actions have on others and change their behavior based on what is best for all students.  

We offer three 8th grade classes for high school credit—Integrated Math, Physical Science and Spanish I. After-school programs include YMCA NAZA, tutoring and guitar. In addition, we perform a drama in the fall and musical in the spring. We also have a Video Game Club and a Step Club that meet after school. Our goal is to provide experiences and opportunities that speak directly to the middle school child.


School Hours

8:55 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • Advisory/breakfast in the classroom - 15 minutes
  • Four academic classes - 70 minutes each
  • Recess and related arts - 70 minutes
  • RTII - 45 minutes
  • Lunch - 30 minutes

School Details & Links


Tops: Must have a collar (polo style preferred) in any solid color

Bottoms: Black, khaki (beige) or navy blue slacks; blue jeans without holes or rips.

For more guidelines, please review the Margaret Allen Middle Dress Code Policy.


  • Food bank 
  • English Language classes online and at school
  • Tutoring
  • Community partners
  • Business partners
  • STARS counseling
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Anti-bullying training
  • Restorative Justice
  • YMCA NAZA program
  • Second Harvest food pantry


  • Basketball 
  • Boys’ soccer
  • Cheerleading
  • Football – co-op with Donelson Middle
  • Girls’ soccer
  • Girls’ volleyball
  • Track and field

Extracurricular activities:

  • Art
  • Band
  • Battle of the Books
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess Club
  • Coding
  • Culinary
  • Dance Club
  • Drama
  • Garden Club
  • Intramural sports
  • Morning Announcements team
  • Music Makes Us
  • Photography
  • Robotics
  • Student Government
  • Video Game Club
  • Yearbook

  • Frito-Lay
  • International English Institute
  • Nashboro Village Apartments
  • Daymar Institute
  • Notes for Music Education