About JT Moore Middle School

An International Baccalaureate® World School

JT Moore Middle School is a diverse, International Baccalaureate world school that aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

We engage students, families, and the community to help students become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Our Vision

As a school community, we believe that we all have the ability and responsibility to grow academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.

  • We respect the inherent worth & dignity of all people, and we work together to ensure a safe environment for all.
  • We are well-rounded, global thinkers, who consider the impact of our thoughts & actions on others and the world around us. (Thinkers, Caring, Balanced)
  • We provide rigorous, high-quality instruction that engages and supports students in relevant productive struggle.
  • We believe that challenges are opportunities to grow.
  • We practice curiosity and perseverance in our relentless pursuit of knowledge. (Inquirers, Knowledgeable)
  • We believe that relationships are the foundation for growth & that collaboration makes our community stronger.
  • We believe that our Matador families and our community are vital partners in our growth and success.
  • We are courageous, reflective, and compassionate decision-makers. (Caring, Reflective, Courageous)
  • We believe that effective communication and feedback empower us to meet the highest standards. (Communicators)
  • We are open-minded and act with integrity in everything we do. (Open Minded, Principled)

Our History

The school opened in September 1969, where the former Mistletoe Lodge (also known as Arden Place) sat at the corner of Granny White Pike and Lone Oak Road. The historic home was built by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Talbot in the late 19th century and later owned by author and historian John Trotwood Moore. 

Originally, JT Moore consisted of seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. Prior to the 1971-1972 school years, the seventh grade was eliminated, making JT Moore an eighth and ninth grade school. In 1982-1984. J. T. Moore became a middle school with seventh and eighth grades. In 2002, JT Moore entered a new era by adding fifth and sixth graders. With the 2023-24 academic year, Metro Nashville Public Schools moved fifth grade back into elementary schools. 

Today, the JT Moore family proudly embraces grades six through eight, the important bridge between elementary and high school. JT Moore serves as one of two public middle schools in the Hillsboro High School cluster.

“How does a school begin? A need brings ideas, ideas transform into diagrams, diagrams into a building. John Trotwood Moore Junior High School became individual and unique at the idea stage. It is the proof of a successful experiment. And now the idea has been conceived.”- 1970 Matador Yearbook