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Sylvan Park Elementary Paideia Design Center Profile

Address: 4801 Utah Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
School Zone Map
Cluster: Hillsboro

School Contact
Phone: 615.298.8423
Website: http://www.sylvanparkes.mnps.org

School Leadership
Susan Blankenship - susan.blankenship@mnps.org

District 9 School Board Representative:
Amy Frogge

District 24 Metro Council Representative: 
Jason Holleman

Parent Support Group Contact: 
PTO President, Nastasha Moore 

Facts About our School:
Number of Students: 480
Grades Served: K-4
Year School Built: 1935
Square Footage: 69,221
School Hours: 8:00 - 3:00
School Colors: Blue and Gold
School Mascot: Panther
School Motto: "The best education for one is the best education for all."
School Data


What Our School Offers

  • Active Volunteer Program
  • Daily Physical Activity
  • Educational Field Trips
  • Hands-on Science and Math
  • Project Based Learning
  • Balanced Literacy and Numeracy
  • Open Access Library Scheduling
  • School Yearbook 
  • Spanish K-4
  • Student Teacher Training Site for Vanderbilt, TSU, Belmont, Lipscomb, Trevecca
  • Vanderbilt Tutors 
  • After school clubs and activities

What Makes Our School Unique?

Paideia, a Greek word meaning the proper upbringing of a child, is centered on three columns of education: didactic, coaching and seminar. Didactic is directed teaching with a goal of students being able to recall facts. With coaching, students are taught skills for life application. Through seminar, teachers share ideas with students and ask open-ended questions to help students understand the topic. This child-centered approach to learning is aided by a nurturing faculty, a flexible library, Spanish, art, music and daily physical activity. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in their child's learning.

School Zone and Pathway

Students living in the Sylvan Park area are zoned to the Hillsboro cluster. To determine whether you are zoned to this school, visit our School Zone Finder.

PENCIL & Community Partners

  • Kroger Belle Meade
  • Office Depot, Belle Meade
  • Target
  • Publix
  • HCA
  • Omega Learning 
  • PTO
  • Brownie Scouts
  • Cub Scouts
  • Daisy Scouts
  • McCabe Park Little League
  • Parent Neighborhood After Care


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