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

Rae Covey   Principal

Rae Covey

Welcome to McGavock Elementary School. Through our responsive teaching and learning environment, our staff is focused on ensuring that all students have a solid educational

We pledge engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms where we strive to foster and encourage creativity, a spirit of inquiry, and the acquisition of essential skills.

We are committed to developing strong, positive and lasting relationships with each of our students where a typical school day is one that is filled with joy, laughter, and learning.

We value our close relationships within our school, with our parent community, and with the greater McGavock Community.

Principal Rae Covey is returning home to Nashville to begin her 15th year as an elementary school principal. She served as a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, and has created district-level professional development systems, regional instructional technology plans, and
family resource centers as part of school improvement initiatives.


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: Rae Covey
Counselor: Tara Johnson
Title 1 Coordinator: Dani Sells
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