Celebrating Ruby Major

Ruby Major: educating the whole child
Posted on 11/09/2021
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Ruby Hendrickson Major served the Nashville school system for more than 40 years as a teacher, board member, community leader, and friend. Ruby Major Elementary School is named in her honor for her lifetime of service.  

The mission of the elementary school is to educate the whole child, addressing both character and intelligence. The faculty and staff teach students to be critical thinkers, curious learners, and persons of integrity. In other words, they teach students to blast off to success like the Rockets they are. 

The school aims to develop the full potential of each student with the support of staff, parents,students in class and community. Through performance data and research, Ruby Major will create an environment where students will develop socially, emotionally, academically, creatively, and physically to empower students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.  

Ruby Major Elementary is making Every Student Known by investing in relationships through communication and action. Faculty and staff members support students by providing a safe environment with consistent expectations. Every Rocket is provided with a safe, engaging, organized, stable environment that includes resources before, during, and after school. Students have an opportunity to thrive every day at Ruby Major!

Did you know: 

In 2019 Ruby Major was named a Reward School by the State of Tennessee

  • For three years in a row, Ruby Major has been voted the Best Elementary School in Nashville by readers of the Nashville Scene. It is also a National PTA School of Excellence. 
  • The school sits in the most eastern part of the district, just a stone's throw from the Wilson County line.  
  • The elementary school serves students from 25 different cultures. 


“My hope for students that are part of the Ruby Major family is that when they leave here, they have every option available to them going forward,” says Principal Michael Westveer. “In the future, as Ruby Major alumni, each student will look back to their elementary days and have fond, uplifting memories of their time here.”


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