Celebrating Stratton Elementary

Stratton Elementary: Knowing and Celebrating Every Student as They “Dream Big”
Posted on 04/20/2022
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Taylor Stratton Elementary, on Old Hickory Boulevard in Madison, serves more than 500 pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students in the Hunters Lane cluster, instilling in them a love of learning and preparing them for middle school and beyond.  

“At Stratton, we teach our students to dream big as we create pathways to make those dreams a reality,” Principal Renita Perkins says. “We're a safe haven where minds are stretched and creativity is embraced, and we believe watching our students grow into their own is nothing short of amazing.” 

Stratton is proud of its students’ academic achievements. Stratton has scored a level 4 or 5 on TVAAS (Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System) state assessments for seven of the past eight years and has also made or exceeded growth projections for seven out of eight years.

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Staff work to ensure Every Student is Known in many ways. New students are welcomed and introduced not only to their teacher but also to all the teachers in their grade level, the school counselor, advocacy coach, office staff, instructional coaches and administrators to ensure they immediately feel welcomed and part of the school and know where to go if they have a need. 

Stratton staff members regularly review data to monitor each student’s progress and talk with parents or guardians to assess what support is needed. Because academics aren’t the only thing that is critical to a child’s development, the staff celebrates student accomplishments every nine weeks, monitors attendance and behavior, and provides incentives to increase attendance and decrease negative behavior. PTO performances are held four times a year to spotlight talented students.  

The current building opened in 1996, but Stratton Elementary has a long history serving the Madison community. The first Taylor Stratton School opened in 1910 and replaced a one-room schoolhouse. The new school was named for James Taylor Stratton, a member of the county board of education.

Stratton was a descendant of Madison Stratton, who came to the area with his two brothers in 1840 and for whom the railroad station that resulted in the start of the Madison community was named. That frame building was replaced in 1936 with a new brick building. The early Stratton schools were on Gallatin Pike. 

Facts about Stratton Elementary

  • The school has hosted two U.S. presidents. In November 1934, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the school, and in July 2015, Stratton hosted a visit by President Barack Obama, whose signature remains on one of the walls. 
  • School colors are blue and white, and the mascot is the Eagle. 
  • Stratton’s motto is “We do the right thing, even when no one is looking.” 
  • The school serves a high population of English Learners, accounting for nearly 50% of its students. 
  • Stratton has a close relationship with the Metro Nashville Police Department and frequently hosts officers who read to students, encourage them to do their best and celebrate their accomplishments throughout the year. A dedicated Student Activity Center, donated by current MNPD officer Faye Okert, gives students an incentive and celebration station to gather and have fun.  


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