Award Year: 2019

Lockeland Design Center Elementary

105 South 17Th Street
Nashville, TN, 37206-1914

(615) 258-1330

Ms. Christie Conyers Lewis, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Davidson County School District

School Website

School FaceBook


We are Lockeland: giving choice, empowering individuals, promoting thinkers and problem solvers, creating community, inspiring a passion for learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
Lockeland Design Center Elementary

Lockeland Design Center Elementary

Lockeland Design Center Elementary is a public kindergarten through fourth grade choice school in an established neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee. Lockeland Design Center's foundational literacy approach ensures that reading and writing are a focus of every single class, whether it's kindergarten, P.E., or math. Literature is a medium used at Lockeland to increase student achievement in all subject areas. Beginning in 3rd grade, students experience classroom departmentalization, but with a unique Lockeland twist. A dedicated math teacher addresses all math standards, using the TN State Standards as a guide for instruction. English/language arts standards, however, are split between two classes. Social studies instruction is infused with reading standards, while students tackle science classes with a strong writing focus. Innovative approaches to student learning have helped Lockeland be named a Tennessee Reward School every year since 2011, the award's inaugural year. Reward School status requires that the school place in the top five percent of schools in the state for academic performance, as well as student growth.

Lockeland School vision is centered on problem-based learning. The daily learning environment is embedded in critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and creativity. Students are challenged to reach their academic and personal potential by being encouraged to take risks, persevere, take ownership of one's learning, and contribute to the world around them.

Lockeland School teachers and students share a growth-mindset. Its teachers are passionate, dedicated and creative; its students eager and determined; its community supportive and involved. From sold-out school talent shows to outlandishly entertaining read-a-thon incentives, Lockeland staff and families work tirelessly together to ensure the best possible opportunities and results for each individual student. Lockeland is a neighborhood school that serves beyond its neighborhood, yet makes everyone feel like family. Its combination of top quality instruction, unrivaled creativity, and community support have helped transform this neighborhood school in the city into one of the best schools in the country.