We are currently accepting applications for the Private Early Childhood Program.

Open Enrollment for the Charter Program is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for next year’s Charter enrollment on Feb 15th, after the lottery.


DMS is more than a school

It is a learning community where students, teachers,
staff and parents all learn from each other.

For this current year, private programs still have places as does the high school. Ask us which grades have waiting lists.

If you are interested in a place in 2015-16, email enrollment.

Desert Marigold is a K- 12 charter school inspired by Waldorf education, with private early childhood programming as well. Private programs are on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Admission of students to charter classes is based on the priorities that State law requires and an annual Open Enrollment lottery. Because of the extraordinary education we provide, we currently have waiting lists for most classes below high school. However, parents and students have found that it is worth the wait!

A strong partnership between parents and teachers is essential for students to achieve their best. The foundation of this partnership is a shared understanding of child development. We offer extensive adult education opportunities for you to learn the essential elements of our holistic approach and developmentally appropriate curriculum so you can make an informed choice and better support your child once you are here.

In considering DMS for your school of choice, it is important to understand the mutual commitment that is required. It is a sad reality that current levels of state funding are not adequate to support the full breadth of our socially conscious education. DMS is committed to providing your child a rich and comprehensive curriculum that goes well beyond academics. We have not cut the “frills” of the arts because we understand how they stimulate the natural creativity and curiosity of each student.   In effect, we try to do more, with less. The efforts of the whole community through volunteering and additional financial support are needed for us to make our program available without limitation.

If you want to take an active part in your child’s education journey, if you want to contribute to the creation of community, if you want to be a life-long learner yourself, if you are open to new ideas and want to strive for a better future for all, then Desert Marigold could be the place for you and your children. Take a tour to learn more.

We look forward to meeting you!