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)

Elementary (1st – 5th Grade)

The KMS Elementary Program

KMS has two Elementary classes: Lower Elementary for 1st-3rd graders and Upper Elementary for 4th and 5th graders.

The classes are led by  Montessori-certified teachers. Lower Elementary is supported by a teacher assistant.

Elizabeth Coburn, our Upper Elementary Teacher, has been teaching at KMS for over 20 years. In January 2012, she was recognized as an “Exceptional Educator” by the Knoxville News Sentinel. You can read the article about Ms. Coburn here.

For more information about Ms. Coburn and the rest of our Elementary 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, the Oak Ridge Museum of Science and Energy, Camp Wesley Woods, 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 a.m. Before Care
8:00 – 11:45 a.m Morning Work Cycle
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 Lunch – Setting Table, Mealtime, Table Clearing, Dishes
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Recess
1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Silent Reading
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Individual & Small Group Lessons
Ice Skating (Jan.-March)
2:45 p.m. Clean up
3:00 p.m. Story Time – Selected Children’s Literature
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-5th 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.

What I noticed when my daughter started middle school was how much more organized she was than most of her friends. She didn’t seem to have any trouble getting her homework and other assignments done on time. The KMS Elementary teachers did a great job preparing her! KMS Alumni Parent, 2015