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About This School

Harpeth Valley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Nashville. The principal of Harpeth Valley Elementary School is Peggy Brodein and can be contacted at 737 students attend Harpeth Valley Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 21% of the 737 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Harpeth Valley Elementary School is 16:1. St. Matthew Catholic School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 79% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 48%
Hispanic 0.9% 15%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 65%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Excellent school. Nice library. Good cafeteria. Someone in an earlier review complained about the restrooms but I strongly disagree. Currently they are being well maintained. Thanks.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter will be completing her 4th year at this school; however we still have our 1st year son attending currently. This was great for my daughters education. The advance classes has challenged my daughter in many ways and help her to excel in her education/knowledge where I don t believe other school in the surrounding areas could have. She has been selected to enter Meigs for her middle school education next year and I believe her study at HVE was a great asset in her preparation for Meigs. And as I understand it too is an academically challenging school. Thank to all the HVE teachers and its PTO for their contributions!! Go Houndogs!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    It's ok but the bathrooms are nasty and some of the teachers are mean ok.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am very pleased with this school. I think it says a lot about the community as a whole!

  • (3 years ago)

    My little boy has a teacher who is terrific; she is smart supportive and he is learning and enjoying it. She is challenging him in areas where he is already ahead of his grade level. The principal & office staff have been great too they are available and caring.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our child transferred as the result of being re-zoned from another school. As the result our child had a 'rocky' start. It would have been better if our child would have been zoned for this school from Kindergarten. This is part of Nashville's 'ugly' 30+ years of busing history. Thank goodness this is improving. However overall we have been pleased with school once our child's needs were identified. We haven't been pleased with the library. It appears that children don't receive a lot of guidance from the librarian in terms of appropriate 'level appropriate books' that they need to choose. This responsibility appears to be left to the classroom teacher which already has 'enough on her plate'. We have NEVER seen the Principal. She was MIA from the Christmas program which we thought was not in appropriate. The VP is Awesome!!. The VP should be appointed as the main Principal.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have had 2 teachers here so far and both have gone to considerable lengths to hold back a gifted child. Our first grader was reading 3rd grade level yet spent three months in AR reading 1.5 level while testing 100% on 20 tests in a row and not being allowed to advance. Not a great school if your child is advanced or gifted. Too much focus on sit down and shut up. Given Study Island over Christmas vacation completed entire first grade math and reading in two weeks - it took over 2 months and numerous phone calls and emails to get permission to advance to 2nd grade level.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is fantastic and has a very involved PTA. I loved that the teachers invited parents to be involved and found things for us to do. My son had a difficult transition into Kg and had a tough time with his teacher but the school counsellor was great. My daughter had the best 1st grade teacher Dr. Stewart and we would highly recommend her to everyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    Overall my daughter had a wonderful experience. All of her teachers (with the exception of one) set high expectations for everyone. She really learned a lot. The art and music programs are wonderful. I would love to see the P.E. program every day with more of a focus on learning new sports skills etc.. Although I do believe the P.E. teachers do the best they can 2 days per week. I would also have loved for my child to learn some foreign language. This school is more truly diverse than most in Nashville. My daughter's good friends had parents from Russia India Jordan China and Iraq. All of the parents expect great things from their children. The principal however is not my favorite person. She can be very sour and unfriendly. The only time I went to see her in 5 years she was not helpful or understanding.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter attends Kindergarten at HVS and has had the best experience. The school community is like a large family. The teaching staff is amazing in their ability to reach out to their students and get results not only in reading and math but also higher level thinking skills and character education. I would trust my children to any teacher in the school and I know my daughter will flourish at HVS. There has been some school construction lately to add a wing to the main building so look past the portable classrooms in the front yard they are temporary. This school is great and my daughters and I look forward to many happy years at HVS.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 2 girls in this school and 2 that are now in middle and high school. I think that this is likely the best elementary school in Middle Tennessee.

  • (7 years ago)

    Gym is small. Limited playground area. Very unkept. Bathrooms were smelly and dirty. About disappointment with curriculm our child will be enrolled in a local Christian school in the Fall.

  • (7 years ago)

    Playground is large with two-year-old wonderful equipment. There is a separate fenced kindergarten playground. The school is brick with new paint every few years on doors and inside. Entry area is huge with an indoor garden and seating. Beautiful.

  • (8 years ago)

    All three of my children attended about 9 years ago. As a family being part of this school our experience was wonderful. The parent envolvement teacher-parent enteraction even the environment was a pleasant setting for my children to gain the education they deserved. My oldest has now graduated High School and has enlisted in the US Marine Corp. To this day she talks about her elementary school. Thanks for everything. I'm glad to see the school and staff still hold up to the very best standards.

  • (9 years ago)

    My two children first and thrid graders attend HVS. I am a VERY busy single mom and the teachers and staff have gone out of their way to accomodate me in terms of school meetings. My children love their school and all of the activities offered. HVS is the highest ranked school in Nashville and it is easy to see why.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is the best elementary school in the Nashville metro area. It has the best test scores has nice facilities a great staff and great parent involvement. My two children both attended.

  • (10 years ago)

    Awesome school with a great principal/vice principal team. Very involved parents and great teachers. Our 3 kids have had wonderful experiences so far. Only drawback needs more of a racial and ethnic mix.

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