McKissack Middle School

Whole child, whole school

Whole child, whole school

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 5-8
  • Pearl Cohn Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers aftercare
  • Community Achieves school

Welcome From the Principal

Mr. Thomas Chappelle   Principal

Mr. Thomas Chappelle

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to McKissack Middle School. Home to approximately 350 students, McKissack is a school where future citizens of our community grow and learn. The McKissack way is exhibited by consistently exercising pride, dignity and respect, which helps ensure success. We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment where personalized learning, rigorous academics and 21st-century skills prepare students for the world.

This year, we are encouraging every student to get involved in an extracurricular activity and for parents to re-establish the PTA. 


Contact Information

915 38th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209 (map)


Executive Principal: Mr. Thomas Chappelle
Assistant Principal: Polly Cauthen
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Covington
Community Achieves Site Manager: Patrick Walker-Reese; 615-329-8170 ext. 729108
School Board Representative: Sharon Gentry





School Description

At McKissack Middle School, we believe in the concept of “Whole Child, Whole School.” In that spirit, we offer a strong Community Achieves program, an initiative that connects community partners to families in need. Through this district-wide initiative, we focus on four pillars: college readiness, parent engagement, health and wellness, and social services. Our open-door policy gives families access to a variety of programs such as ACT prep, NAZA (Nashville After Zone Alliance), peer mentoring and more. 

McKissack Middle provides opportunities for innovative teaching and learning. All students participate in project-based learning. We also offer three high-school credit courses—Integrated Math, Physical Science and Spanish—as well as Encore, the district’s program for gifted learners. Additionally, we make social and emotional learning an integral part of our school.

We have a variety of technology to meet the needs of today's diverse learners. We have more than 330 laptops and 15 Smart Boards. We also offer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, and our STEM lab will soon be equipped with an interactive television and 3D printer.

School Hours

9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • 15 minutes of social and emotional learning through morning meetings
  • 60-minute periods of core content classes
  • 45 minutes of RTI (Response to Intervention)
  • 55 minutes of related arts
  • 60 minutes of club time (once per month)
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McKissack Middle School is one of our STEAM middle schools. At McKissack students use STEAM, science technology, engineering, arts and math as access points to the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration). This empowers our students to better understand how their skills fit into our complex world. Learn more about STEAM in MNPS here:


School Details & Links


Tops: Any solid-color shirt with a collar

Bottoms: Black, navy or khaki pants



  • Basketball
  • Boys' Soccer
  • Cheerleading / Dance
  • Football
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Girls' Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Track and Field

Extracurricular activities:

  • Art
  • Band
  • Battle of the Books
  • Cheerleading
  • Garden Club
  • Photography
  • Yearbook

  • West End Community Church
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • Pencil Foundation
  • Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education