History

  • Only comprehensive K-12 public Waldorf school in the US
  • DMS founded in 1994
  • K-8 charter granted in 2002
  • HS charter granted in 2009
  • 1st graduating class – 11 students in 2013

Organization & Leadership

  • Member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education & Arizona Council for Waldorf Education¬†
  • Led by the Administrative Director & the HS Leadership Group

Faculty

  • DMS employs over 80 faculty members, 20 of whom teach in the high school
  • Faculty are experts in their fields
  • Visiting Faculty: internationally renowned Waldorf education experts

Students

  • 60 Students
  • Diverse student population
  • Student/teacher ratio: 12:1

Small School Advantage

  • Strong sense of pride & involvement
  • Encourages personal & social interaction
  • Increased leadership skills opportunities

Campus

  • 12-acre campus located near South Mountain
  • Biodynamic gardens & animal care

Academics

  • College preparatory high school based on the Waldorf high school curriculum
  • Periodic offsite educational opportunities for experiential learning & social development

Community

  • Seasonal Festival life
  • Juniors & Seniors partnered with lower graders
  • Parent involvement

Arts, Music & Theatre

  • Fine & practical arts are integrated throughout the curriculum & taught by professional artists & performers
  • Theatrical, ¬†music & eurythmy performances
  • Student art show

Service Learning

  • 60 hours community service
  • Spring work experience week

Class Sponsor & Guidance

  • Each class has a sponsor whose role is to cultivate the health & well-being of the class
  • HS faculty are designated to guide student through post HS career, college & life planning process

Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

  • Circus Club
  • Drama Club
  • Soccer Team
  • Ultimate Frisbee Team (2016 State Champions)
  • We welcome student initiatives to create new clubs & activities

Senior Year

  • Senior project
  • 12th grade theatrical play
  • Service oriented year end class trip