Dear Parent,

Thank you for your interest in Desert Montessori School, a warm and stimulating modified Montessori environment for children ages 2 – 12 years old.   One of life’s most satisfying and long-lasting lessons is for a young child to experience his or her capabilities in a respectful and attentive environment.

We are dedicated to introducing meaningful creative opportunities where children explore, develop, integrate and expand to their fullest potential.  Our curriculum is sequentially designed, enhancing a child’s current abilities and expanding them to wider interests and perspectives.

We are lucky to be able to offer rolling admission to many of our programs.  Please note that students must be two years old at the time of enrollment to attend DMS.  We invite all of our applicants to visit the classrooms into which they would be enrolling.  Applicant visits vary in length, depending on the age of the child and the grade for which they are applying.

The admissions process at Desert Montessori School, briefly described, is as follows:

1.  Admissions packet is sent to prospective family

2.  Submit required application form, application fee, and school transcripts, if applicable

3.  Tour of school for parent (no children on this visit, please)

4.  Applicant visit, if applicable.  Together we determine if our school is a fit for your family

5.  Enrollment fees are paid and all enrollment forms are completed

6.  An enrollment start date is agreed upon

We are pleased to offer the following enrollment options for the 2012-2013 school year*:

(Tuition amount now includes music, art, and Spanish)


Lower School classrooms (ages 2 through 6)

Three-day option, Tuesday-Thursday (Toddler class only)    $6,600

Four-day option, Monday-Thursday                                   $8,350

Five-day option, Monday-Friday                                         $9,335

Kindergarten students                                                        $9,335

Upper School classrooms (ages 6 through 12)

Lower Elementary (grade 1)                                                $9,810

Middle & Upper Elementary (grades 2 through 6)              $10,650


Our school day is 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for all students.  Morning drop off begins at 8:00 a.m.  Aftercare is available Monday through Friday until 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Most Sincerely,

Melissa Brown, Director

*Desert Montessori School maintains a non-sectarian program and admits children of all abilities, races, religions and cultural heritages to all rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school. DMS does not discriminate on any basis in administration of its financial policies.

File Update: July 2011