Welcome to the Knoxville Montessori School!

The Knoxville Montessori School prepares children for the world. Our goal is to help your child become an independent, responsible adult with a life-long love of learning.

"Montessori makes learning fun!"

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Please joins us on Saturday, March 24, from 10 am to noon for our Spring Homecoming Open House! All family members are welcome to attend and discover more about our program, hear stories from current families and alumni and learn about our campaign to raise funds for Jan and Carl Goddard Scholarship.


The Knoxville Montessori School is a nonprofit private school that provides high-quality Montessori education in a supportive, nurturing environment to students from Preschool through 5th Grade.

For most children, Montessori is the most natural and enjoyable way to learn – and since its founding in 1966, KMS has been widely recognized as one of Knoxville’s best Montessori schools.

We invite you to learn about KMS and Montessori education by browsing this website.

For more information, or to visit to KMS, click the button below, or contact KMS at 865-525-6042 or kms(at)knoxvillemontessori.org.

KMS’s Primary Classes have been validated by the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee! For more info, click here. For more information about the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee and MAT’s Validation Project, click here.

News & Resources

How to Get the Best Out of Your Montessori Classroom

Written by Valerie Kuentz

One question parents often ask is, “When can we expect our children to know their letters and/or gain general academic skills.”  Of course, it all depends on each child and where they are emotionally and intellectually, but it also depends on how much you are willing to let them grow and allow them to be prepared for the classroom.

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The Characteristics of the Child in the Second Plane of Development

Written by Elizabeth Coburn

After the age of six, children enter what Dr. Maria Montessori called “the second plane of development.”  This stage is marked by many changes in the children, both physically and psychologically.  What are the specific changes that these children undergo, and how does the Montessori Method change to accommodate these “new” children?

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Our 2017-2018 Annual Campaign

Written by Annie Brown

In August, the KMS Board voted to dedicate the 2017-2018 Annual Campaign to the Jan and Carl Goddard Scholarship Fund.  This means that during this school year, donations from our Fun Food dinners, Annual Pledges, the Year End Appeal and other fundraisers will be designated to this fund.

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What an incredible experience. The classroom is such a warm and enriching environment for these amazing kids (and their amazing teachers. . .). I enjoyed watching (my daughter) and her peers doing activities alone and with other children. My visit was a 100% positive and amazing experience! KMS Parent, 2012