Learning is a lifelong process, involving the whole person. Our students are inspired to grow in responsibility, tolerance, compassion, patience, organization, and motivation.
Children at Little River Montessori learn in an environment that supports the individual child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and moral development.
Utilizing children’s innate motivation and their natural sense of curiosity our environment allows children to participate in self-directed learning with multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked TN School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 70 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,900
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1978

Student Body

Total Students
70 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
10%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Little River Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
18 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
10%
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jamie Watts

School Notes

  • Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Little River Montessori School has been inspiring students in the Greater Knoxville area to reach their full potential since 1978. Founded by Aleta and Carl Ledendecker, the school offers an authentic Montessori education to students ages 18 months-12 years. Our schoolhouse was built with a home-like feel, filled with lots of natural light and the grounds offer ample space for learning, gardening, and exploring outdoor activities.Little River Montessori is conveniently located for families across the Greater Knoxville area and Blount County (Walland, Maryville, Alcoa). This convenient location and our school’s reputation for excellence help Little River Montessori draw from a diverse population to create a vibrant school community for your child. Schedule a tour to see for yourself what makes Little River Montessori School a great choice for your child’s education.
Source: Verified school update

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked TN School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 70 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,900
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Knoxville, TN is $7,247 for elementary schools and $8,011 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Knoxville, TN is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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