Enrolling in 1st Class Montessori School

First Class Montessori School is a private, tuition-based school with rolling admissions throughout the year and list special admission events below. Please call to schedule a tour or observation with your student. RSVPs are appreciated, drop-ins are welcome. Parents should contact directress Evelyn Hibbler or Erin Parish to schedule individual tours. 
How to Apply
  • Submit an application and $25 fee.
  • Schedule to observe our schools. Tours are given Monday - Friday at 9 a.m. Please call: 901-274-5622 to tour the Peabody campus or call 901-385-7425 to tour the Cordova campus. You also can request more information.


Enrollment Fees
New student fee: $350 (please see the tuition schedule below for monthly and annual tuition fees.)
Returning student fee: $250
* These are non-refundable fees for the school year that are due with the enrollment form at the time of enrollment. (Please see the tuition schedule below for monthly and annual tuition fees.)

Multi-child child discounts 
Pre-pay tuition paid-in-full by August 15
*Tuition can be paid in full any time.
Other information Programs Offered
Piano classes
After-school care
Class trips
Parent Education Meetings
Standford Achievement Testing
Student Uniforms 

1CMS Uniform Policy 
Students may wear 1st Class Montessori School uniform tops provided by Spikner with navy blue bottoms, including shorts, pants, skirts, skorts. Jeans may be worn on Friday only. To see the entire selection of 1CMS uniform pieces, including plaid jumpers, sweaters and school jacket, visit Spikner at 1210 Madison Avenue, contact Jetona Branch, 901-725-1757. *Please see the parent/student handbook for Acceptable Daily Uniform Attire
Payment Plans
Annual, quarterly, monthly payment plans are available.
Childcare certificates accepted. 

Please note that 1st Class Montessori School reserves the right to review/change their Admissions and Enrollment Policy at any given time. The present document annuls and supersedes the previous Policies and Regulations as well as General and Financial Conditions.

Toddlers, Preschool, K-3

The most important years for learning are from birth to age six. 

Creativity Within the Child

1st Class Montessori prepares children for life and not just for the next academic level.

Respect for the Child

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children learn best by doing. 

For more than 20 years, 1st Class Montessori School has led the way in understanding, respecting and teaching children of multiple ethnic backgrounds using the Montessori method. We believe that Montessori fulfills their need to be independent, creative and individuals, and we incorporate other best teaching strategies so students are prepared for any academic setting. Our students receive individual attention because our classroom sizes are small, allowing teachers the freedom to focus on what’s most important – making sure students receive a first-class education. First Class Montessori School was founded by Evelyn Thorpe-Hibbler, who believes that all children can learn when given the opportunity. We are certified as an American Montessori School, affiliated with the American Montessori Society and by the Tennessee Department of Education.