Thank you for all the improvements I have seen in my daughter in just the first month of her attendance. [She] comes home with a desire to learn and “investigate” everything around her. I am thankful every day for the education she is receiving. KMS Parent, 2013


We are currently enrolling for the 2021-2022 School Year! If you would like to apply to our program fill out an inquiry form here.

The admissions process at Knoxville Montessori School is designed to help your family learn about our program and see if Montessori is the best fit for your child.

We invite you to visit our school, first. You will also be able to tour our building, observe a classroom and meet our Director and staff.

Your child will also have a separate opportunity to meet our teachers and try a few lessons, before your family makes a decision regarding enrollment.

Knoxville Montessori School enrolls a diverse group of families and children who are committed to Montessori education.

Inclusion/Diversity Statement

KMS values diversity and provides equal treatment and access without regard to national or ethnic origin, race, gender, or religion. All children who meet the age requirements will be evaluated fairly on the basis of the standards set forth below.

General Guidelines

KMS offers admission on a rolling basis (contingent on availability), so children can enroll when they become developmentally ready.

Admission preference will be given to children in the following order:

  • Children presently enrolled.
  • Siblings of enrolled children
  • Children with previous Montessori experience
  • New applicants

When an opening occurs, children accepted will be admitted according the chronological order of application.


Primary (preschool and kindergarten):

  • 3 years of age by August 15th, or older
  • Toilet-trained
  • Judged developmentally ready through a teacher evaluation

Elementary (1st-6th Grade):

  • Experience in a Montessori classroom
  • Knowledge of Montessori materials
  • Adequate reading and writing proficiency
  • Judged developmentally ready through a class visit
  • 6 years old by August 15th (first grade)

Children with Special Needs

Children with special emotional, physical, or developmental needs will be considered for admission on an individual basis. Specific medical information about the child’s condition must be supplied. Admission will depend on the ability of the child to benefit from a Montessori program, the probable effect of the child on other students, and the faculty’s qualifications and willingness to accept the child on a trial basis.

I have no hesitation in recommending KMS. The school is well run; the teachers are very nurturing and knowledgeable. [My son] has adapted with ease to his new environment. KMS Parent, 2010