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Welcome to the Knoxville
Montessori School

Preparing Children for the World

2015-2016 Enrollment

KMS is now enrolling students in its Primary (pre-K & K) classes for 2015-2016. To enroll, children must be 3 by August 15, 2015.

For information about our admissions process, click here.

To arrange a visit, contact KMS at 865-525-6042 or kms (at) [3/9/2015]

"The first duty  Knoxville Montessori School
of an education
is to stir up life,
but leave it free
to develop."

~ Maria Montessori



The Knoxville Montessori School (KMS) is a non-profit private school centrally located on Kingston Pike in Knoxville, TN. We offer high-quality preschool and elementary education through fifth grade based on the educational method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Since its founding in 1966, KMS has provided a supportive instructional environment for families interested in an alternative to public education.

  • To learn what KMS parents, grandparents, and alumni think of our school, visit the Testimonials page.
  • For information about how our students do after they leave KMS, visit the Beyond KMS page.

If you have questions about KMS or if you would like more information about our work, you can contact us at 865-525-6042 or kms (at)

Thank you for your interest in KMS.


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Congratulations to Elizabeth Coburn, our Senior Elementary Teacher, on her 20th anniversary of teaching at KMS! For more, click here. [6/10/2015]

Montessori for the Kindergarten Year - Parents of KMS Primary students who are considering keeping their children at KMS for kindergarten may want to watch "Montessori for the Kindergarten Year - A Question for Parents," a wonderful video about the importance of the Montessori kindergarten year. To watch the video, click here. [11/19/2014]

The Shopper News ran a wonderful article last fall about our playground upgrades: "Knoxville Montessori School installs natural play space." You can read the article here. [10/9/14]

"I'm Glad to be a KMS Kid" - Olivia Winder, one of our former students, worked as a volunteer during after care last year as part of her work in the International Baccalaureate program at West High School. While she was here, she kept notebook of "Reflections" on her experience. To read some of what she wrote, click here. [3/24/14]

"Language in a Montessori Classroom" - How do students learn to read in a Montessori class? Valerie Kuentz answers this question in an article from our November/December newsletter. For details, click here. [12/8/13]

For more news, visit the KMS Blog and the KMS Facebook Page.