My daughter just completed her first semester of college and did very well. Her Montessori roots certainly helped!! KMS Alumni Parent, 2011

Beyond KMS

Future Excellence

KMS students typically go on to excel in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and beyond. There are many reasons for their success:

  • Montessori students are usually ahead of students in traditional school in most if not all subjects.
  • They are curious, self-motivated learners, who work hard to master new subjects.
  • They have the maturity and social skills to manage new situations.
  • They are organized and responsible and good at juggling multiple tasks and priorities.

Below is a list of schools that KMS graduates have attended in recent years.


Most KMS Primary students continue their education in our Elementary program. Others have gone go to public or private elementary schools such as:

  • Bearden Elementary
  • Concord Christian Academy
  • The Episcopal School of Knoxville
  • The Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School
  • Sequoyah Elementary
  • The Webb School

Middle School & High School

KMS Elementary graduates have gone on to a variety of middle schools and high schools, including:

  • Bearden Middle School
  • Bearden High School
  • Christian Academy of Knoxville
  • Clayton Bradley Academy
  • The Episcopal School of Knoxville
  • The Webb School
  • West High School
  • West Valley Middle School

KMS alumni are often at the top of their classes, and many take honors, college prep, and advanced placement classes.

College & University

Former KMS students have attended a variety of colleges and universities, including:

  • Auburn University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • College of William and Mary
  • Duke University
  • Rice University
  • Rollins College
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Extracurricular Activities

KMS alumni also participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities during high school. In recent years, they have won prizes at the local and state level at National History Day, participated in the High School Scholars Bowl, danced with Circle Modern Dance, and won individual and team honors in ice-skating, tennis, and track.

From Our Alums

I spent 5 years at KMS, all of them in the elementary program—from 1st through 5th grade. I entered the school as a very shy little girl who could barely read and didn’t really know what was going on. Five years and numerous trips to the library later, I graduated, a rising middle-schooler, a lover of books, and beginning to find my place in the world. My last day at KMS I stood with Ms. C at the end-of-school program, and she gave me a compass…so I would never lose my way, she said. I still have that compass today—my desk is now cluttered with papers and books from my high school classes, but the compass sits in a clear space, a reminder of my time and the lessons I learned at KMS, all of which still influence me so much today.  Mary Biggs, KMS Elementary 1998-2003

Any decent school can give you at least an adequate academic base, but KMS gave me a lot more. Because of the combined grade classrooms, I learned how to get help from my classmates when I didn’t understand something, and later learned to be an eager but patient teacher. The older kids always got a certain respect, but it was because they earned it. They were fair to the younger kids. I remember when I was in first grade, during recess we had the little-kids chase big-kids game, but on Fridays we always had big-kids chase little-kids day, just so that everyone would get a chance to be chased.  Kiyoko Reidy, Elementary 2000-2007

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)