Tusculum Elementary School

Never Stop Improving

Never Stop Improving

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • Overton Cluster
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before and aftercare
  • Community Achieves school

Welcome From the Principal

Alison McMahan   Principal

Alison McMahan

Welcome to Tusculum Elementary School. I am excited to welcome you to our uniquely diverse school in the heart of South Nashville.

Because your child is our priority, we are dedicated to delivering a level of education that is unmatched in Davidson County. Our teachers are committed to our students and are trained in the best strategies for teaching a variety of learners.

Thank you for choosing Tusculum Elementary School for your child. You are welcome here!


Contact Information

440 McMurray Drive
Nashville, TN 37211 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Dr. Alison McMahan
Asst. Principal: Donna Gill
Guidance Counselor: Peggy Reilly
Family Engagement Specialist: Becky Hulse
Family Resource Center Director and Community Achieves Coordinator: Mary Guidry
School Board Representative: Rachael Anne Elrod



School Description

Tusculum Elementary is a welcoming school of many cultures and we have wholeheartedly embraced our diversity. Our students hail from at least 19 different countries and speak a multitude of languages.

At Tusculum, students come to a caring environment where they have the opportunity to learn core academics and how to work together with their classmates. Students experience high-quality, engaging teaching from instructors trained in a variety of strategies to meet their individual needs, whether they’re gifted students who can benefit from our Encore program, or English Language Learners.

Tusculum’s caring environment also extends to our students’ families. As a Community Achieves school, we have a Family Resource Center that offers such programs as ESL, citizenship and computer skills classes for parents. Because our community partnerships are many, our Family Resource Center coordinates volunteers to work with students and provides standard school attire and school supplies when needed. In addition to the FRC, we also have a family engagement specialist who helps with the practical everyday needs of families. Plus, our school has access to translators for clear communication with all of our parents. Breakfast With the Principals is an event that takes place once a month, providing parents a relaxed atmosphere to get updates about school and share concerns with administrators.

Because we are growing, Tusculum is undergoing construction. We are looking forward to moving into our new building in August 2017. Students and teachers are anticipating a new learning space and new technology. It is an exciting time to be a part of Tusculum Elementary—a great place to learn and grow!


School Hours

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

A Typical Day at School

  • Breakfast in the Classroom (15 minutes)

  • Social/Emotional Learning (15 minutes)

  • English/Language Arts (120 minutes)

  • Recess (15 minutes)

  • Mathematics (60 minutes)

  • Lunch (30 minutes)

  • Response to Intervention/Enrichment (60 minutes)

  • Related Arts: Physical Education, Music, Art, Technology (60 minutes)

  • Science and Social Studies (30 minutes)


School Details & Links


Tops: Any solid-color, long- or short-sleeved shirt with a collar (polo, button down, turtleneck, etc.)

Bottoms: Black, navy or khaki pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers or skorts

Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.


  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA Fun Company
    615-259-3418 Ext 72525
    McMurray Middle School
    Ms. Deborah Mayberry

  • Family Resource Center

  • Food Bank

  • English Language classes

  • Clothing Closet

  • Parent training classes

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Citizenship Classes

  • Communities in Schools

  • Girl Scouts

  • 4th Grade Basketball/Cheerleading

  • Marathon Runners

  • Disney Musicals

  • Catholic Charities

  • Centerstone

  • Christ Church YMCA

  • The Church at Antioch

  • Faith Reformed Church*

  • FSNB (Fort Sills National Bank)*

  • Grace Fellowship Church*

  • Hillcrest United Methodist Church*

  • Matthew Walker Health Center

  • Metro Health Department, Dental Clinic

  • Mid Cumberland Childcare Resource and Referral

  • MNPS Reading Clinic

  • Nashville Adult Literacy Council

  • Nashville International Center for Empowerment

  • Nashville Public Library

  • Office of English Second Language, Translator Services

  • PENCIL Foundation Reading and Math Partners

  • Second Harvest Food Bank

  • South End United Methodist Church

  • St Mary’s Episcopal Church

  • Tennessee Foreign Language Institute

  • Thrift Smart

  • Tusculum Cumberland Presbyterian Church*

  • Tusculum Hills Baptist Church

  • World Relief Refugee Resettlement

*Denotes PENCIL Partners