Frequently Asked Questions
What is the youngest that a student may enroll at LRMS?
Students must be 3 years old by August 15 of the enrolling year. Rare exceptions may apply.
What if my child has special educational needs?
Little River Montessori School strives to be a neurodiverse environment that celebrates students just as they are and helps them become all they can be.
The Montessori Method of education provides a nurturing, supportive environment for children of all abilities and learning styles. Click here to learn more.
What if our family is less-than-traditional?
Do you hold parent conferences?
Are adults allowed to observe?
When can my child enroll? Do we have to start at the beginning of the school year?
Not necessarily. There are advantages to starting students in the fall, but we offer rolling admissions throughout the year on a case-by-case basis.
What is a typical day like?
EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHEDULE
- 7:30 – 8:00 — Arrivals (Children should be in the classroom by 8:00 am*)
- 8:00 – 11:00 — Individual lessons during the uninterrupted work cycle
- 11:05 – 11:25 — Group
- 11:30 – 11:55 — Outdoor Recreation
- 12:00 – 12:35 — Lunch, Cleanup & Rest Time Prep
- 12:35 – 12:45 — Dismissals
- 12:45 – 2:30 — Rest Time (children under five years*)
- 12:45 – 2:30 — Kindergarten Students Extended Day work
- 2:30 – 2:55 — Group & Classroom Cleanup
- 3:00 – 3:15 — Dismissal
- 3:00 – 5:30 — Free time: Lessons, Art, & Outdoor Activities
*Kindergarten students will be marked tardy after 8:00 am
*Any child under five years of age staying past lunch is required by TN law to have a period of rest.
- 7:30 – 8:10 — Arrivals (Children should be in the classroom by 8:15 am*)
- 8:15 – 11:30 — Individual lessons during the uninterrupted work cycle
- 11:30 – 12:00 — Silent Reading & Lunch Preparation
- 12:00 – 12:45 — Lunch & Cleanup
- 12:45 – 1:50 — Afternoon Work Cycle
- 1:50 – 2:10 — Oral Reading
- 2:10 – 2:30 — Classroom Clean-up & Student Sharing
- 2:30 – 2:55 — Outside Recreation
- 3:00 – 3:15 — Dismissal
- 3:00 – 5:30 — Free time: Special projects, Art & Outdoor activities
*Elementary students will be marked tardy after 8:30 am
How much is tuition?
A non-refundable $250.00 registration fee is due at the time of enrollment. Tuition depends on the age of your child, your child’s schedule, how you choose to pay (monthly vs. yearly), and a number of discounts are available. We are a proud participant in the Tennessee Child Care Certificate Program. Give us a call or come in for a tour for more details.
Can younger students attend fewer than five days a week?
Must my child be fully immunized to attend LRMS?
Where do LRMS students typically go after 8th grade?
How do you handle discipline issues?
Do your elementary students have to take standardized tests?
Will my child have homework?
Overall, what makes this method of learning so different compared to the conventional form of education we have today is that the teacher does not stand in front of the class and teach each child the same lesson all at once. Each child is allowed to learn at his/her own rhythm in a way where they feel as though they are in fact not learning or being taught.
Montessori called this way of teaching “preparing the child for success”. The teacher is there to guide your child through small Exercises in which your child will succeed. Through time, the Exercises rise in difficulty but because the progression is so well thought out, the child never feels as though learning is a struggle.