Parents can provide nothing more valuable than an education which develops their child’s full potential. Schools guided by the core principles of Public Waldorf education emphasize disciplined creativity, wonder, and respect for nature and human existence together with a comprehensive academic, artistic and physical education program. The program is presented in a supportive, structured and non-competitive environment and is meant to help parents develop a child who will be balanced in feeling, initiative and clarity in thought. We aim to strengthen the child to meet not only the challenges of school, but also those of life.

Our education is a holistic model designed to allow each child’s capacities to unfold. One of the unique aspects of the program is that the children proudly create their own carefully written and illustrated lesson books for each subject. These beautiful books are an important way in which art is integrated into the curriculum. In fact, in 1979, under the title of “Education as Art”, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited student work from the Rudolf Steiner School in New York.

Another aspect of our education program is that in grades 1st through 8th there is a “class teacher” who has overall responsibility for the class and carries the “main lesson” subjects. This teacher moves with the class to the next grade each year, whenever possible, strengthening and deepening relationships within the class. Specialty teachers present other subjects such as the arts, music, foreign language, handwork, movement and physical education. As a public charter school we participate in the state-required standardized testing, but see it as only one facet of assessing a student’s development. 

“DMS has given our children a great foundation for life-long learning. We can already see glimpses of the amazing adults our children will become. We wish that every child had the opportunity to go to a school like DMS.” – Parents of current students
Desert Marigold will be closed for the remainder of the 19/20 school year as we evaluate the ongoing developments of COVID-19 {read more}