Murrell School

Taking control for    success in life

Taking control for

success in life

At a Glance

  • Serves grades K-8
  • No Cluster
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Does not offer before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Susan Siegel   Principal

Susan Siegel

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Murrell School. Murrell serves students with special needs in kindergarten through 8th grade. We are a highly specialized school, striving to meet the needs of our severely emotional- and learning-disabled students. 

Our goal is to assist students in returning to their zoned school and to create an environment that enables them to learn appropriate and acceptable behaviors. While students attend Murrell, they continue their academic studies and seek to acquire new, desirable behaviors.

We give students a fresh start and believe every student can succeed.


Contact Information

322 Cleveland St
Nashville, TN 37207 (map)

(615) 262-6682
(615) 262-6667

Principal: Susan Siegel
Centerstone Coordinator: Mel Bass-Shelton
Secretary: Sheila Jackson
Bookkeeper: Torie Stokes
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs

How to Enroll

Students must have a referral from the Metro Schools Exceptional Education Department to attend.


School Description

Taking Control for Success in Life. At Murrell School, our motto is more than just a slogan; it's an essential part of the programming we provide to our students. Embedded in all of our lessons is the teaching of socially acceptable, safe and appropriate behaviors and social skills. For every student entering our school, our goal is to provide a therapeutic environment that promotes the attainment of these skills in order for them to make a smooth, successful transition back to their schools of zone.

Families and students we serve often have had negative school experiences. Parents and students may have the expectation that Murrell School will be yet another setting for failure. Some students with exceptionalities face hurdles that are often magnified in the typical school setting. Negative social and behavioral issues are often a result of poor academic performance due to behavioral issues. As a result, students struggle with negative feelings about school and themselves.

Murrell’s faculty and staff attempt to put all of the puzzle pieces together to provide the conditions necessary to give these students the assistance they need to meet their individual challenges. While we believe that disabilities may always be a challenge to our students, we do not believe that they should be a roadblock to success in life.

By combining research-based practices, we establish individual programs for each student. Our partnership with Centerstone provides group and individual therapies, psychiatric services and case management to increase our program’s effectiveness. Additionally, we maintain daily contact with parents to let them know about growth and concerns.

Achievement in academics, social and emotional skills, behavior and self image all go hand-in-hand in preparing students for a transition back into their schools of zone. This allows them to take control of their own destiny to find success in life.


School Hours

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • Breakfast

  • 10- minute morning meeting

  • 50 minutes Art

  • 50 minutes- Language Arts

  • 30 minutes- Recess

  • 40 minutes- Writing or Intervention

  • 20 minutes - Lunch

  • 50 minutes- Gym

  • 50 minutes- Math

  • 50 minutes- Science

  • 50 minutes- Social Studies

  • Dismissal


School Details & Links


Standard School Attire

Tops: Any solid color

Bottoms: Navy, black or khaki


  • Counseling, therapy and behavioral support from Centerstone

  • None available

  • Belmont University

  • Church of the City

  • Vanderbilt University