I have two children at KMS and plan to enroll my third. The school does an excellent job of helping children move forward with their strengths and not feel lost in areas where they may be behind. Both of my children love going to school and we enjoy the community. KMS Parent, 2008
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.
Our admissions staff is available during operation hours (7:30 am – 6:00 pm) to answer all of your questions about our program. Please contact us at 865-525-6042 or kms(at)knoxvillemontessori.org.
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.
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
- Judged developmentally ready through a teacher evaluation
Elementary (1st-5th Grade):
- Knowledge of Montessori Primary 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.
KMS reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any child if it becomes apparent that it would be in the child’s or the school’s best interest to do so. Upon enrollment, all students undergo an eight week probationary period. If that period is not completed to the satisfaction of the school or the child’s parents, the child will be withdrawn and all unexpended tuition will be refunded.