We appreciate all you have done for [our granddaughter]. She has had a great experience at KMS. KMS Grandparent, 2011

Elementary (1st – 6th Grade)

The KMS Elementary Program

KMS has two Elementary classes: Lower Elementary for 1st-3rd graders and Upper Elementary for 4th-6th graders. The classes are led by  Montessori-certified teachers. Lower Elementary is supported by a teacher assistant.

For more information on our Elementary teaching staff, please visit our Faculty/Staff page.

Curriculum

The KMS Elementary curriculum builds on the work our students do in the Primary classes, and like the Primary curriculum it meets and exceeds the State of Tennessee curriculum guidelines.

The curriculum is organized into five major areas.

  • Language
  • Math
  • Science
  • History and Culture
  • Advanced Geography

Elementary students also have one hour of recess each day.

Enrichment

  • Art: The Elementary curriculum includes regular art projects using a variety of artistic styles and media.
  • Music, Movement, & Dance: All Elementary students have an hour-long Music, Movement, and Dance class each week, and the older students learn to read music and play the recorder.
  • Field Trips: The Elementary curriculum is supplemented by regular field trips to plays, concerts, museums, and other cultural and scientific events and institutions, as well as to outdoor education programs. Regular destinations include UT’s McClung Museum, the Knoxville Symphony, the Children’s Dance Ensemble, and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
  • Ice-Skating Lessons: During the winter, Elementary students take eight weeks of ice-skating lessons at the Ice Chalet, located near KMS, just west of Western Plaza.
  • Spanish: Elementary students can choose to participate in our optional after-school Spanish classes.

Daily Schedule

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Classroom Prep
8:00 – 11:30 a.m Morning Work Cycle
11:30 – 11:45 a.m Story Time
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 Lunch – Setting Table, Mealtime, Table Clearing, Dishes
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Recess
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Silent Reading
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Individual & Small Group Lessons
Ice Skating (Jan.-March)
2:45 p.m. Clean up
3:00 p.m. Group Time
3:15 p.m. Dismissal
3:15 – 6:00 p.m. After Care

Testing

As required by state law, KMS gives one standardized test each year to students in 2nd-6th grade. We use the Stanford Achievement Test because it measures students against a national norm.

We use the test, in part, as practical life lesson to help students develop test-taking skills. We also use the results to help students, families, and teachers identify areas where students need additional work.

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