Just want to take a minute to tell you how pleased we are here. We think this is an amazing school that continues to do more wonderful things. We are so happy to call Knoxville Montessori School our home! KMS Parent, 2015

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.

My sons . . .attended this marvelous school where they received the best foundation for their lives that we could have possibly provided! I remember when they were just wild little boys, being asked to send cloth napkins and silverware to school! Most EXCELLENT. KMS Alumni Parent, 2015