Desert Montessori School

  • To provide a personalized, engaging education that inspires a life-long love of learning, fosters meaningful, independent thinking, social responsibility and self-confidence.
  • Utilizing the Montessori approach and values, along with proven best-practices, DMS shines as an inspiring, respectful, safe and caring community for every student, parent and teacher.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1994
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students88 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 52%
Students by Grade Desert Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,200
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$6,000
Admissions DirectorPhoebe Walendziak
Admissions AssociateAutumn Wise


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsFreestyle Skiing, SwimmingFreestyle SkiingSwimming,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Spanish Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Classes, Music classes

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Swim Team

School Notes

  • The school promotes the long term growth within a Montessori education by creating unique physical environments staffed with dedicated professionals. Our school family reflects the vital spirit of Northern New Mexico and represents diverse heritages, capabilities and socio-economic backgrounds. This learning center, drawing upon a wide-ranging community support, forms a solid educational foundation for children ages 2 to 12 in pursuit of lifelong learning.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Santa Fe
    Grades: PK-6 | 184 students
    0.5 miles
    715 Camino Cabra
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    (505) 983-1621
    0.5 PK-6
  • Santa Fe
    Grades: K-7 | 36 students
    2.5 miles
    830 Fayette St
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    (505) 982-3396
    2.5 K-7
  • Santa Fe
    Grades: 7-12 | 318 students
    0.7 miles
    1101 Camino De Cruz Blanca
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    (505) 982-1829
    0.7 7-12
  • Santa Fe
    Grades: NS-8 | 136 students
    7.6 miles
    5912 Jaguar Drive
    Santa Fe, NM 87507
    (505) 438-8585
    7.6 NS-8
  • Santa Fe
    Grades: NS-12 | 216 students
    3.2 miles
    26 Puesta Del Sol
    Santa Fe, NM 87508
    (505) 983-9727
    3.2 NS-12

School Reviews

What a difference! My son is in a small elemtanry class (14 students) with two outstanding teachers who pay attention to him as an individual. He has thrived in this environment academically and socially. He is sorry when it is a weekend because he loves going to DMS so much - that is the opposite from his former school where he wasn`t challenged and usually dreaded going to school.
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