Robert E. Lillard Elementary School

   Where every day      is a learning day

Where every day

is a learning day

At a Glance

  • Serves grades K-4
  • Whites Creek Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before and aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

  Derek Sanborn   Principal

Derek Sanborn

Welcome to the online home of the Robert E. Lillard Elementary Design Center. We’re named after one of Nashville’s first African-American judges, and every day we strive to follow in his footsteps of community service, hard work and perseverance. We encourage curiosity and respect, and we reward good behavior and kindness.

Robert E. Lillard Elementary is a great school with a rich history, and I look forward to helping you get the most out of your time here. Take a look around to learn more—or better yet, come for a visit. I think you’ll like what you find. 


Contact Information

3200 King’s Lane
Nashville, TN 37218 (map)


Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Derek Sanborn
Coordinator for School & Community: Mattie Cantrell
School Counselor: Lee Mayberry
Literacy Coach: Dawn Miller
Instructional Coach: Demetria Johnson
School Board Representative: Sharon Gentry




School Description

Robert E. Lillard Elementary Design Center was named after one of Nashville’s first African-American judges. He worked hard to achieve great results, and the faculty, staff and students at Robert E. Lillard Elementary do the same every day. 

Our motto is, “Every day is a learning day at Robert E. Lillard Elementary.” As a Design Center, our goal is to ensure that our students become lifelong learners and have the opportunity to succeed. To do that, we have created a safe place for students to learn and grow. We offer high-quality instruction and after-school tutoring.

We also set high expectations for our students, our staff and our parents. Our faculty is very family-oriented, and we have a coordinator who works with our parents to encourage a higher level of parental support. 

In addition, we know that education is not one-size-fits-all. That’s why we recognize a variety of learning styles, and encourage using them to create a unique learning experience. 


School Hours

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

A Typical Day at School

  • Morning meeting
  • 60 minutes of literacy and writing
  • 120 minutes of reading with social studies emphasis
  • 60 minutes of math
  • Hands-on science 
  • 60 minutes of related arts (physical education, music, art or computers)

School Details & Links


Standard School Attire

Pants, shorts, capri pants, skirts, skorts or jumpers in the colors of navy blue, black or any shade of khaki. 

Shirts with short or long sleeves and a collar (polo, dress-style with button or turtleneck) in solid colors. 

All shirts should be properly buttoned and sized.


  • Afterschool tutoring
  • Restorative Justice
  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA Fun Company
  • Communities in Schools

  • None available

  • Temple Church
  • Citizens for Affordable Housing
  • Roderick J. Glatt Ministries