About Us

Our Mission

The mission of J.R. Baker Elementary School is to provide a safe, supportive environment where students can learn and excel by ensuring that appropriate curriculum, instruction, time, and other required resources are provided.

Our Beliefs
  • All students can learn and achieve.
  • Our school will be a safe and stimulating environment for children.
  • Students will rise to the level of the expectations of the classroom/school which focuses on achieving proficiency and beyond for all students.
  • Students, families, teachers, and the community will collaborate to form strong, active partnerships and hold high expectations of success. This promotes a high performing learning culture which includes all students and stakeholders.
  • The decision making processes should be shared by all.
  • Students should accept responsibility for appropriate conduct.
  • We promote the use of data driven decision making process.
  • Students should be encouraged to be creative thinkers, problem solvers, and effective communicators.
  • Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional and experiential learning approaches to support their learning.  We must meet the individual needs for students by striving for a quality education for all students. 
  • Both formal and informal assessments should be used to guide instruction.


History of J. R. Baker Elementary School

J. R. Baker Elementary School, located at 1301 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, Tennessee opened in the fall of 1960.  J. R. Baker School was named for J. Rufus Baker, who was school superintendent in Maury County for 33 years. In April, 1971, J. R. Baker Elementary, along with Brown Elementary, became the first Maury County Schools to become SACS (Southern Association of Schools and Colleges) accredited. 

 In April, 1975, heavy rainfall caused water to collect around the building and subsequently flood the inside of the building with eighteen inches of water.  As this occurred very rapidly during the night, extensive damage was sustained.  An inestimable loss of library books, texts, and teaching materials resulted. 

Five principals have served Baker School since its opening in 1960.  They are:  James W. Richardson (1960-1973), William (Bill) Bowers (1973-1980), Eloise Cheatham (1980-2000), Della H. Matlock, (2000 to 2016), and Jon-Micah Clanton (2016).

We currently serve approximately 325 students ranging from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.  Our school has 24 teachers and 10 educational assistants.   Among the number opportunities for learning include music, physical education, library, computer, guidance and several special education services.  Baker has a School Resource Officer assigned to our school.  New this year, The Boy's & Girl's Club will be offering before and after school service.