Frequently Asked Questions

Both. DMS offers a private Early Childhood program (Mixed Age 3.5-5 years old) and a charter K-12 program. See details here: Program Options.

DMS is a charter school, which means we follow mandates for state funded schools as outlined by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and the Arizona State Charter Board. We teach state standards through the Waldorf curriculum. For more information on Waldorf curriculum, please see: Parent Resources.

The private Early Childhood program charges tuition. The K-12 charter program does not charge tuition, but we ask that parents make an educational investment. See details here: Tuition and Fees.

DMS offers classes for PreK through 12th grade. See details here: Program Options.

Gates open at 7:50am.

PreK/Kindergarten 8:05am-12:15pm

Grades 1-8:  8:05am-2pm

Grades 9-11:  8:05 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Seniors:  8:05 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

No, DMS does not offer student transportation.

Our lunch program is currently suspended due to safety reasons related to COVID-19.  In 2019-2020, we offered lunch service through Lunchkins.  

DMS does not offer a morning program.  Our aftercare program is currently suspended due to safety reasons related to COVID-19.  See details here: Extended Care.

DMS is run by an Executive Director, Administration, and the Leadership and Development Council (LDC). See details here: Leadership.

DMS follows hiring practices outlined by the ADE for charter schools. Our teachers are highly qualified and Waldorf certified or in the process of getting those certifications.

Yes. If you have any questions, please contact our Student Support Services team  here: Student Support Services.

DMS offers a Waldorf based curriculum that incorporates all required state standards. See details here: Curriculum Overview.

Yes. DMS is a charter school. We abide by mandatory testing required by ADE. See details here: Standardized Testing.

DMS offers music education throughout the grades. See details here: Specialty Classes.

Yes, students in the grades receive Latin, and students in the high school receive Spanish. See details here: Specialty Classes.

Yes, sexual education is  taught in the 7th grade and continues into the upper grades.

The discipline policy can be found here:

While students do not wear uniforms, there is a dress code we expect students to follow. See details here: Parent Resources.