Middle School

Fifth Through Eighth Grades

The Middle School classroom consists of fifth through eighth grades. Four licensed teachers are assigned to the classroom along with several special-subject teachers. Group lessons are provided for each curriculum area and supplemented with individualized instruction. All Middle School students participate in a variety of enrichment and elective classes. Community service is stressed, as students have opportunities to mentor others in the school as well as help those in need throughout our Knoxville community and around the world.

The Middle School classroom serves students during a time of great change and growth in their lives and strives to ground them in self-awareness, a love of discovery and a commitment to compassion in the years ahead.

The Middle School program at Garden Montessori is accredited by Advanc-Ed and licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education.


The school day is from 8:15 am until 3:30 pm. Students may arrive after 7:30 am and stay until 5:30 pm as needed.

“All of the teachers and staff are very kind and willing to take time to help anyone who needs help, whether it be an academic question, an issue with another student, or even helping you work out problems in your personal life. The students here are willing to stand up for each other, and bullying is very rarely an issue. There is very little homework at Garden, so students can spend time at home pursuing other activities that enrich their lives, such as sports, music, or other hobbies that they might not otherwise have time for. Garden Montessori is a very supportive, loving environment that I am happy to have been a part of.”  — Carter Manson, 8th grade student

Middle School Curriculum Areas

  • Math: Everyday Math from the University of Chicago Mathematics Project, Pre-Algebra (seventh grade), Algebra I (eighth grade)
  • Language: Novel studies of recommended literature, 6 + 1 Traits of Writing
  • Spanish: Conversational Spanish, parts of speech, appreciation of Spanish cultures
  • Science: Standards-based studies of Life, Earth and Physical sciences, research, and application
  • Art: Technique, history, and appreciation
  • Social Sciences: Geography, World and American histories, Government, and World Cultures
  • Music: Vocal instruction, rhythm and percussion instruction, music appreciation and history, and introduction to reading music
  • Computer Science: HTML, programming with Code.org, technologies, concepts,  and history of computers