Desert Garden Montessori

  • Our School began in 1996 through the interest and efforts of the owner and director Ms. Shetal Walters, and a small group of parents.
  • The School is committed to developing within each child a sense of responsibility and interdependence with their community and the world.
  • Accordingly, Desert Garden's philosophy encourages children to appreciate and respect nature and the environment.
  • Like the flowers in a garden, the children will learn and grow together in peaceful coexistence.
  • Thus, the name "Desert Garden Montessori." The teacher is there to encourage, redirect, and supervise, but it is the child that learns through personal motivation in manipulating the work itself within the prepared environment.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
International Montessori Council (IMC)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-10
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1996

Student Body

Total Students232 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
40%
State avg.: 32%
Students by GradeDesert Garden Montessori Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorKaren Hurlbert

School Notes

  • Our School began in 1996 through the interest and efforts of the owner and director Ms. Shetal Walters, and a small group of parents. The School is committed to developing within each child a sense of responsibility and interdependence with their community and the world. Accordingly, Desert Garden's philosophy encourages children to appreciate and respect nature and the environment. Like the flowers in a garden, the children will learn and grow together in peaceful coexistence. Thus, the name "Desert Garden Montessori." The teacher is there to encourage, redirect, and supervise, but it is the child that learns through personal motivation in manipulating the work itself within the prepared environment.
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