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Lower School

Fostering a student’s desire and ability to take personal ownership of their learning inside and outside of the classroom equips students for independent lifelong learning.

At the Lipscomb Academy Lower School, our faculty and staff are skilled at facilitating the learning process for our students by igniting personal curiosity, wonder, and inquiry as an integral part of learning. Intentional focus is placed on facilitating the learning process for students, recognizing effort not final grades, mastering standards, and learning from mistakes. Through effort, challenge, and perseverance, students learn to take personal responsibility for and pride in their learning outcomes. 

Lipscomb Academy realizes that not all students learn at the same pace or in the same way. Differentiation begins in the classroom. Our teachers are intently focused on small-group, student-led groups, one-on-one, and independent learning rather than whole-group. This allows all students to learn at a more individualized pace. When necessary for success, additional support is offered through our Academic Learning Services program to provide reading, writing, and math intervention as well as enrichment. Our Equip program is also available when children need tutoring services after school.

I count it a tremendous blessing to know my students & be a part of their lives well beyond kindergarten.  Thank you Lipscomb Academy families for placing your trust and confidence in me as an educator and friend to your child along their lifelong walk. 

Kelly Austin
Lower School Faculty

Letter from Associate Head of Lower School

I am honored and excited to serve as the associate head of the lower school. I am so grateful to be able to join the Lipscomb family where I can share both my love of educating children in academics and my faith. I taught for five years in both first grade and kindergarten, in addition to serving in administration for the last eight years. I literally grew up in a school as I watched my mother teach and later lead schools and school districts.    

‘Teamwork makes the dream work!’ has always been my philosophy. I have had the privilege of collaborating with incredible professionals and families where together we achieved success. I believe all children should love to come to school, and when a child's school becomes his or her ‘happy place’, great things will come. I am a reflective educator seeking to serve. I want to inspire today's students and educators to change the world through the gifts that God has given them. As both a mother and a principal, it is very important to me that all students at Lipscomb Academy feel ‘at home’ and loved when they are at school. 

This is our ‘moment’ at Lipscomb Lower Academy! I look forward to getting to know each and every student, family, faculty, and staff member of this great Lipscomb family. I know together we will provide the best school year yet and can hardly wait to get to know you.

Jill Hunt Associate Head of Lower School



Lower School Resources

2022-2023 Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, Apr 30
Tue, May 2
Orchestra Concert
Thu, May 4
5th Grade Chattaooga Trip
Lipscomb Academy Athletic Complex, 1027 Caldwell Ln, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
Fri, May 5
5th Grade Chattaooga Trip
Lipscomb Academy Athletic Complex, 1027 Caldwell Ln, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
Sat, May 6
Sun, May 7
Mon, May 8
4th Grade Field Trip - Discovery Park
Lipscomb Academy Lower School, 4517 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
Tue, May 9
3rd Grade Invention Convention
Lipscomb Academy Lower School, 4517 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
Sat, May 13
Sun, May 14
Mon, May 15
Tue, May 16
Wed, May 17
Thu, May 18
Fri, May 19
5th grade Musical: Junie B Jones Jr.
Lipscomb Academy, 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204, USA - Acuff Auditorium
Sat, May 20
Sun, May 21
Mon, May 22
Thu, May 25
Sat, May 27
Sun, May 28
Mon, May 29
Tue, May 30
Wed, May 31
Thu, Jun 1
Fri, Jun 2
Sat, Jun 3

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