Montessori Middle School

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Montessori Middle School is a Montessori school, grades 5 through 8, located in Louisville, Tennessee.[1] The facility was built in 2008 on a rural property that was formerly part of a cattle farm.[2] It is the first Montessori school for adolescents in East Tennessee and one of the first in the Southeast.[3]

Teaching philosophy[edit]

The land-based school follows the "erdkinder" or "earth children" philosophy of Maria Montessori.[4] In keeping with this land-based model, Montessori Middle is a producing member of the Maryville Farmers' Market[5]


Events at the school have included a six-week summer day camp program in June and July 2009[6] and a Farm Festival in May 2008.[7]


  1. ^ Butler, I. "Site Plan OK'd for Montessori Middle School," The Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times, Sept. 20, 2007
  2. ^ Sherrod, M. "Montessori Middle to Open in Unique Farm Setting," The Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times, March 7, 2009
  3. ^ Tucker, M. "Visions of Montessori School Taking Shape," The Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times, January 15, 2008
  4. ^ Stephenson, S. "Montessori for Ages Twelve to Eighteen: Montessori Philosophy and Practice for the Middle School and High School Years," Michael Olaf Company
  5. ^ "Growers' Links," Maryville Farmers' Market
  6. ^ "Students invited to weekly MMS camps," The Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times, May 12, 2009[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Montessori Middle sets first Farm Fest," The Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times, May 6, 2008

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