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

Primary (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

We are currently enrolling for the 2018-2019 School Year! If you would like to apply to our program, call us at 865.525.6042, or fill out an inquiry form here.

The KMS Primary Program

KMS offers two multi-age Primary classes for preschool and kindergarten-age students from 3-6 years old.

Each class has a maximum of 20 students. Each is guided by an experienced Montessori-certified teacher and an assistant.

Our two Senior Primary Teachers, Valérie Kuentz and Paige Fowler, have over 40 years of combined Montessori teaching experience. For more information about their backgrounds and the rest of our Primary teaching staff, please visit our Faculty/Staff page.


Our Primary classes use an age-appropriate Montessori curriculum that meets and exceeds the kindergarten standards set by the Tennessee Department of Education.

This curriculum combines hands-on Montessori materials and holistic learning activities that together nurture each child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

The curriculum is organized into the following learning areas.

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language (including reading and writing)
  • Math
  • Science
  • Geography and Culture
  • Peace Curriculum

Primary students also have 45 minutes of recess each day.


  • Art: All aspects of the Montessori curriculum include lessons that involve drawing, coloring, building, and other creative activities. These activities help students learn by engaging all of their senses in the learning process. They also strengthen students’ large and small motor skills and nurture their creativity.
  • Spanish: Starting at age 4, all Primary students can choose to participate in our optional after-school Spanish classes.

Montessori for the Kindergarten Year

We strongly encourage all families whose children start Montessori at age 3 or 4 to keep their children at KMS for their kindergarten year.

If a child has already spent one or two years in a Montessori Primary class, the kindergarten year is an amazing experience – one that simply cannot be matched in a traditional kindergarten.

Building on the foundation of their previous year(s), returning kindergarten-age students in a Montessori classroom go far beyond the traditional kindergarten curriculum – working on lessons that the State of Tennessee considers 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd grade work.

Returning kindergarten-age students also build self-confidence and leadership skills by mentoring and teaching the younger children.

As a result, the Montessori kindergarten year is both the culmination of the Primary experience and a great foundation for future learning – wherever a child goes next.

Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m. Before Care
8:00 – 11:15 a.m. Morning Work Cycle
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Recess
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Nap and Quiet Reading Time for 3 and 4 Year Olds
Enrichment Activities for Kindergarten-age Students
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Quiet Work Time  (for students who aren’t napping)
2:30 – 6:00 p.m. After Care

[My son] has transitioned well to Sequoyah Elementary. Please tell Ms. Kuentz that all three of his report cards this year have mentioned that he is "very engaged" and "loves to learn"-- I give her credit for this!! KMS Parent, 2017