Desert Scholar Program

A Shelton School affiliated program

DMS Scholars Fall brochure

Desert Scholars is a remedial reading, writing, and spelling program for people with learning differences. The program is designed to serve persons ages 6 to adulthood. The Desert Scholars Summer Program will be offered in two 3 week sessions from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Each enrolled student will receive 2 hours of daily one-on-one tutoring by a trained paraprofessional using an alphabetic phonetic approach to reading, Sequential English Education (SEE), followed by one hour of auditory discrimination and memory training. Tutors are supervised by SEE certified teachers.

An additional enrichment program will also be offered from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for interested students. (note: minimum enrollment of 7 students required for the enrichment program)

Language-learning differences are the result of auditory and visual processing dysfunctions and include:

  • A specific language disorder, such as Dyslexia

Related disorders:

  • ADHD
  • Specific Math Disability
  • Specific Written Expression Disability
  • Specific Oral Language Disability

The Shelton Method

The Shelton School in Dallas, Texas ( has developed a unique multi-sensory instructional program designed to challenge, stimulate, and remediate the minds of students who have experienced difficulty in the traditional classroom. Desert Montessori School has spent the last two years in training with the Shelton School in order to bring these methods of remediation to Northern New Mexico.


For further Information, contact Melissa Brown at (505)-983-8212