Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
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

School Leadership
Susan Blankenship -

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: 494
Grades Served: PreK-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 the best is the best education for all."
School Data


What Our School Offers

  • Active Volunteer Program
  • Daily Physical Education
  • Educational Field Trips
  • Hands-on Science and Math
  • Nashville Symphony
  • Nashville Ballet
  • Nashville Children's Theater
  • Open Access Library Scheduling
  • Orff Musical Training for All  
  • School Yearbook 
  • Spanish K-4
  • Student Teacher Training Site for Vanderbilt, TSU, Belmont, Lipscomb, Trevecca
  • Vanderbilt Tutors
  • Neighborhood Tutor

What Makes Our School Unique?

At Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center, we Reach for the Outer Limits. It is our motto and it illustrates our belief in the philosophy we practice. 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 performance. 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, Orff music and daily physical activity. We are an overall environment that is welcoming and encouraging, with a true family atmosphere where 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

  • First Tennessee, West End
  • Costco - 6670 Charlotte Pike
  • Kroger Belle Meade
  • Office Depot, Belle Meade
  • Target
  • Publix
  • Extended School Program Director, Chanda Wilson - 298-8423
  • Neighborhood Tutors 
  • Active PTO
  • Brownie Scouts
  • Cub Scouts
  • Daisy Scouts
  • McCabe Park Little League
  • Parent Neighborhood After Care
  • Parent Newsletter
  • Richland/West End Neighborhood Volunteer Program


  The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. MNPS does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. 2009 - 2010  
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