McGavock Elementary School

Together We Shine

Together We Shine

At a Glance

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

Welcome From the Principal

Dr. Kirk Gilmore   Principal

Dr. Kirk Gilmore

Welcome to McGavock Elementary School, home of the STARS! We are a neighborhood school serving a diverse population of students within the Donelson Community for over 60 years! We consider it an honor to be the place where your children come to learn and grow. Our focus is not only educating our students academically, but also ensuring they become well-rounded individuals.

 Our strong community partnerships, encouraging parental involvement and welcoming and supportive atmosphere allow us to provide a range of academic opportunities to ALL students.

The MES staff commits to maintaining high standards of excellence in our own practice in order to provide the best for your family. With your support, McGavock Elementary will continue to be a jewel in the heart of Donelson. We look forward to seeing you!

Our motto is Together We Shine!


Our mission at McGavock Elementary is to create a place where ALL can achieve their highest level of learning.


Our vision at McGavock Elementary is to provide an education where ALL excel


Contact Information

275 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Dr. Kirk Gilmore
Counselor: Tara Johnson
Title 1: Josh Wright
Literacy Teacher Development Specialist: Dani Sells
School Board Representative: Anna Shepherd




School Description

McGavock Elementary is a small neighborhood school where our faculty and staff care about our students’ success, now and throughout life. In fact, our mission is to create a place where all students can achieve their highest level of learning. After all, stars are our mascot! And our motto reminds us daily that Together We Shine. We embrace our diversity, working alongside our community partners to help all of our students achieve both emotionally and academically.

Our educational program is structured to meet our Pre-K - 4 students’ needs. Days begin with breakfast in the classroom, followed by social and emotional learning, then enrichment and intervention, when kids receive specific help with math and English. Balanced math and literacy programs build the concepts of literature and mathematics in a way that creates meaning for the students. We also offer hands-on science and blended learning, meaning multiple mediums are offered and students can be more involved in how they learn and experience their lessons. The Nashville Institute for the Arts ArtSmart program rounds out our curriculum.

Tutoring is offered throughout the school week, and the school’s library uses an open checkout policy to encourage and increase library usage and reading. Finally, small-group instruction is provided for many of our ELL students, and Triple A Achievers and Encore programs support and encourage high-achieving and gifted students. 


School Hours

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

A Typical Day at School

  • Breakfast in the classroom followed by Morning Meeting
  • The educational day begins promptly at 8:00
  • 60 minutes: Enrichment and Intervention {Star Hour}
  • 120 minutes: Balanced Literacy
  • 60 minutes: Science/Social Studies
  • 60 minutes: Math Instruction
  • 60 minutes Related Arts {Music, Art, & Physical Education}
  • 60 minutes Lunch, Recess, and Transition time
  • Social & Emotional Learning is integrated throughout the day

School Details & Links


Standard School Attire (SSA)

Tops: With short or long sleeves and a collar in any solid color

Bottoms: Navy, black or khaki; 3rd and 4th grade students must wear a belt when wearing pants; a belt is optional for students Pre-K through 2nd grade

See McGavock Elementary Dress Code Policy for more information.


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA: 615-883-9707 or 615-885-8912 
  • Family Resource Center
  • GED Classes
  • Tutoring
  • Parent training classes
  • Social and Emotional Learning 
  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs 

  • Swim
  • Book Club
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts

  • Donelson Church of Christ
  • Wilson Bank and Trust
  • Nike
  • Change Healthcare (formerly Emdeon)
  • Opry Mills
  • Rainforest Café