Celebrating Waverly Belmont

Waverly Belmont Elementary: Historic Neighborhood School
Posted on 10/19/2021
Waverly Belmont Student

Construction of the Waverly Belmont Elementary School building began in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) program to help America recover from the Great Depression. The building opened its doors in 1937 to 425 students. The architectural style is Art Deco and Art Moderne, designed by the architectural firm Marr and Holman, the same firm that designed the downtown Post Office building, which is now the Frist Art Museum. 

Waverly Belmont Elementary is one of two Technology Demonstration Schools in the district. This means they offer state-of-the-art technology throughout the school building and have a 1:1 ratio of technology devices to students during the school day. (The entire district recently achieved this ratio as well.) Waverly Belmont also focuses on daily Social Emotional Learning (SEL), setting expectations, and rewarding students for meeting those expectations.

In addition, the school creates safe and caring classroom environments with calming spaces for students to gather an understanding of their feelings. The staff makes sure Every Student is Known by building relationships in the classroom and creating a supportive community. student in Waverly Belmont library

Waverly Belmont offers the following:
  • Project-based learning 
  • Award-winning staff members 
  • Premier music, art, and physical education programs 
  • Encore program for gifted and talented students 
  • Open-access library scheduling 
  • Spanish instruction for K-4 
  • Partnerships with Belmont University and Vanderbilt University 
  • After-school clubs and activities 
  • Active PTO and strong parental involvement 

“Waverly Belmont Elementary is where every student is known, supported by all faculty and staff members, and encouraged to grow every day. Our partnership with our amazing parents, PTO, and community members provides opportunities for all students to succeed,” Waverly Belmont Principal Robin Shumate said. “Our faculty and staff members show up every day and put their foot forward to ensure that every day is the BEST day for students. Our school motto, 'WB Grows Me Every Day', is a true reflection of what we believe in here at WB.” 

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