Because of the combined grade classrooms, I learned how to get help from my classmates when I didn’t understand something, and later how to be an eager but patient teacher. KMS Alumna, 2009 (Elementary Graduate 2007)

Our History

KMS through the years

1966-1971

1966-1971

KMS began at Messiah Lutheran Church. It consisted of one mixed-age Primary class with Pre-K and Kindergarten-age students taught by a single Montessori teacher and several parent volunteers. The first teacher was Ms. Ruth Stephenson.

1971-1981

1971-1981

In 1971, KMS moved to the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church. Between 1971 and 1981, it grew to include a 1st-5th Grade Elementary program. In the early 1970s, enrollment averaged 30-40 students each year, taught by 6-8 teachers and assistants. By the late 1970s, enrollment had reached 70 students.

1981-1993

1981-1993

In 1981, KMS moved to its present location at 4311 Kingston Pike, a private residence that was built in 1928. Two classrooms were added to the building in 1981, and a third classroom was added in the late 1980s. Enrollment grew to over 80 students by the early 1990s.

1993-2009

1993-2009

Due to staff and leadership changes, enrollment at KMS dropped to 37 students in 1996-1997. Enrollment grew slowly in the late 1990s to approximately 45-50 students each year. In summer 2002, a new Elementary classroom was built, and enrollment jumped to an average of 58 students/year from 2002 to 2009.

2009-Present

2009-Present

Since 2009, enrollment at KMS has grown steadily, from 59 students in 2009-2010 to 74 in 2015-2016.  During this period, enrollment in the Primary classes has held steady at 38-40 students each year while the Elementary class has nearly doubled, from 19 students to 34.  During the summer of 2013, the school carried out a major renovation project, upgrading its classrooms, kitchen, and public space and adding a new hallway to improve circulation in the building. In summer 2014, the playground was upgraded, creating a more natural play space for our students.

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