Robert Churchwell Museum
Magnet Elementary 

Grit, Attitude and Perseverance: The Churchwell Way

Grit, Attitude and Perseverance:
The Churchwell Way

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • Pearl Cohn Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Marcia A. Northern   Principal

Marcia A. Northern

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you to our site! Take a look around and learn about all the unique programs we offer, including a real museum inside our school.

We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful, they need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.


Contact Information

1625 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208 (map)


Executive Principal: Marcia A. Northern
Assistant Principal: Constance Perry
Guidance Counselor: Tammie Fleming
SIT Lead/Family Engagement: Ashley Mitchell
School Board Representative: Sharon Gentry




School Description

There’s a lot that’s unique about Robert Churchwell Elementary, starting with the fact that we have a real museum inside our school, which provides our students with countless learning opportunities. Students serve as curators, designers and docents for our rotating collection of artifacts from larger museums and from our Churchwell families who are graciously willing to share their history and talents with us. 

As a museum school, we also offer Paideia instruction, which gives students the opportunity to learn how to respectfully communicate with each other while developing skills like listening and conceptual understanding. Churchwell students can participate in Encore, the district’s gifted learning program, as well as get blended learning opportunities in every classroom. Churchwell also boasts an extended school day and a variety of after-school clubs and related arts opportunities that include theater and swimming. 

Once a month, our parents are invited to attend "family expeditions.” These are field trips that are offered to families on Saturdays to visit local museums, exhibits or attractions, and we invite all family members, including siblings, to join us. Once a month we also host a Mother’s Monday and Father’s Friday to allow parents to eat lunch with their students. 

We recognize Churchwell parents as an important part of our community. Support is offered to parents through regular phone calls and email communication. We have a parent support group that meets once a month so that parents can share their concerns and receive training on how to help their child academically. Our school social worker, family outreach specialist and community outreach coordinator provide additional services for families through outside agencies that can be brought into the school. Some of these services include counseling, tutoring services and the implementation of programs such as Students With Academic Greatness (SWAG), a partnership with Tennessee State University to acknowledge parents and students who are meeting high academic standards as well as behavior and etiquette standards. Through a partnership with Nashville State Community College, we have also been able to provide GED classes to our parents.


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • 15 minutes: Morning meeting

  • 120 minutes: Core classes

  • 60 minutes: Related arts

  • 60 minutes: Intervention

  • 30 minutes: Lunch

  • 20 minutes: Recess


School Details & Links


Shirts: Any color polo shirt (Must have a collar).

Bottoms: All students may wear tan (khaki), black or navy shorts, pants, skirts, skorts or jumpers and must be worn at the waist.  Shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers and dresses must extend beyond the finger tips and must not sag.


  • Project Neighborhood Aftercare
    Michael Jackson, site director; 615-687-4024

  • GED Classes

  • Tutoring

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Communities in Schools

  • Art

  • Book Club

  • Creative Writing

  • Drama

  • Girls on the Run

  • DEAC (Drop Everything and Club) Every 2 weeks during school hours students have the opportunity to choose the club of their choice.

  • St. Luke CME Church

  • Hendersonville Chapter of Links Inc.

  • Music City Kiwanis Club

  • Tennessee State University

  • Nashville State Community College

  • Tennessee State Museum

  • YMCA

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

  • Greater Harvest

  • COGIC Church

  • Frist Museum