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

How to Apply

How to Apply

Primary Application Process

Our application process for primary (preschool and kindergarten-age) children includes the following steps:

  1. A visit by one or both parents, preferably without the child. During this visit, the parents will observe one of our primary classrooms, tour the rest of our facilities, and meet with our director to discuss whether Montessori would be a good fit for their child and answer any questions they might have. Before your visit, you must review our Classroom Observation Guidelines. These are some guidelines and a list of questions to help make your experience in our classroom as valuable as possible. To arrange a visit, click the following link: Visit KMS.
  2. Submission of the Primary Application At KMS, we now use an online application system, called TADS. If you would like to apply for your child at KMS, please click the following link: KMS Primary Application.  If you have any questions about the application or need technical assistance, please contact me at 865-525-6042 or TADS support at 612-548-3369.  You can submit the application before or after your Parent Visit.
  3. An after-school interview for the child with one or two of our teachers. During this interview, the teacher will introduce the child to some of the Montessori lessons to see if they enjoy working with them and how well they follow directions. If possible, we prefer that the child meet with the teacher alone. If the child is unwilling, parents can accompany the child as long as they allow the child and teacher to interact directly as much as possible.

After the interview and the class visit, it is usually clear to the parents and to the KMS staff if KMS will be a good fit for the child. If it is, we will either admit the child or place them on our waiting list, depending on the number of available spaces.

Elementary Application Process

The application process for Elementary (1st-5th grade) students includes the following steps:

  1. A visit by one or both parents, without the child.  During this visit, the parents will observe our Elementary classrooms, tour the rest of our facilities, and meet with our director to discuss whether Montessori would be a good fit for their child and answer any questions they might have. Before your visit, you must review our Classroom Observation Guidelines. These are some guidelines and a list of questions to help make your experience in our classroom as valuable as possible. To arrange a visit, click the following link: Visit KMS.
  2. Submission of the Elementary Application Form and and Authorization for Records Release. If you are interested in applying for the Elementary Program at KMS, please contact the administrative staff at 865-525-6042.

If a review of the child’s application and records suggest that the KMS Elementary class might be a good fit, we will invite the child to spend a day with the class and then make a decision about enrollment.

Enrollment Fee & Security Deposit

After a child has been admitted to either primary or elementary, the parents must submit an enrollment contract, a non-refundable enrollment fee of $300, and a $500 security deposit to hold the child’s place.

Primary Class Assignments

Parents whose children are entering our primary program may request a specific class or teacher during the application process. KMS reserves the right, however, to place entering children in either primary class depending on what is best for the child and the classroom he/she is entering. Once a child is placed in a class, he/she will remain in that class for subsequent years.

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