Each classroom contains a robust curriculum including botany, zoology, experimental science, art and music (composition, theory, and appreciation), geography, history, sensorial materials, mathematics, language, and practical life.
Garden Campus, located at 913 E Cumberland Drive, Louisville, TN 37777, offers two Early Childhood classrooms (3-6 years) and one Toddler classroom (18 months – 3 years).
Forest Campus, located at 544 Canton Hollow Road, Knoxville, TN 37934, offers two Early Childhood (3-6 years) classrooms, one Lower Elementary classroom (1st – 3rd grades), one Upper Elementary classroom (4th – 6th grades), and one Adolescent classroom (7th – 8th grades).
Multi-age learning communities are a hallmark of Montessori pedagogy.
- Little Free Library
- Robust Student Library
- Child-Sized Furnishings, Sinks, and Amenities
- Secure Entrance (monitored 24/7)
- Outdoor Classrooms/Patio Spaces
- Covered Areas for Outdoor Group Activities
- Picnic Tables
- Apple Mini Orchard
- Hazelnut & Blueberry Bushes
- Student Gardens
- Butterfly Garden
- Sensory Garden
- Compost Bin
- Hiking Trail
Our Core Vales
We protect the child’s curiosity, concentration, and creativity at all costs.
We nurture the whole life of each child: social, intellectual, emotional, and physical.
We celebrate people of all races, families, cultures, abilities, religions, ages, orientations, and gender identities.
We engage in a rigorous, responsible search for truth.
We help each student meet their needs in cooperative, not competitive, ways.
We expect everyone to do their personal best at all times.
We regard each person, adult and child alike, with the utmost respect.
Our teachers are highly trained & degreed, passionate professionals who lovingly nurture each child’s natural curiosity. Many of our supportive parents also volunteer their time and talents to help enhance the school in a variety of ways. As educators, we feel privileged to come alongside children as they engage in this natural process of learning.
At Little River Montessori, we strive to nurture a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. From time to time, we get questions from prospective parents about what that looks like in the life of the school. While we are still learning and growing in this area, here are some of the practices that we employ:
- Representative curriculum – We source curriculum created by and featuring people of all races, family structures, gender identities, sexual orientations, cultures, and abilities. For example, students at every level are presented with classroom materials that depict same-sex couples and people who do not express their gender in traditional ways.
- Holistic narratives – We try to present historical narratives from many perspectives, including indigenous and marginalized voices. Students are taught to prioritize physical evidence and primary sources. Care is taken to present information to students in age-appropriate ways.
- Diverse community – We engage in marketing, recruitment, and admissions strategies that attract students, faculty, and guardians from many different races, family structures, gender identities, sexual orientations, cultures, and abilities.
We hope that these practices resonate with your values and that you will want to come along with us on this journey to make our community a more welcoming place for everyone!
School History and Affiliation
The school was established by Aleta Ledendecker in 1978, a teacher trainer with The St. Nicholas Montessori College. The College was formed during Dr. Montessori’s life in Great Britain as a Charitable Trust by its principals, Margaret Humphries and Phoebe Child. Trained and approved by Dr. Montessori herself, both of these educators were specifically authorized to provide Montessori teacher education through “distance learning” for practitioners too remote to attend the formal AMI courses which only Dr. Montessori herself was allowed to conduct at the time.