Desert Montessori School

Teacher led, student driven. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Why Montessori?

Love of Learning

Children delight in new knowledge and skills.

Personalized Education

Children learn in their own unique way based on their own interests and motivations. 

Emotional Intelligence

Children develop creativity, confidence, and leadership.


Why teacher-led?

Our school operates by representative leadership and consensus. All staff are participants in our decision-making process and our Leadership Team synthesizes and implements these decisions. Every voice is heard and all faculty have a chance to contribute to the growth and operations of our school.

“When we moved to Santa Fe from Oklahoma, we looked at all the private and public schools, and we chose Desert Montessori. We love this school and our three children have thrived here.”

Sara and Nigel Otto

What do we provide?


Our rigorous academic program is personalized for each child, building their confidence and nurturing a love of learning through exploration.

Art, nature, & spanish

Specialty classes are integrated with the academic curriculum to teach children to think creatively and to express themselves.

Creating a love of learning in students from preschool through 6th grade.

Years of Learning

Student Teacher Ratio

Best of Santa Fe Awards

Read about us in the new mexican!

Santa Fe Montessori teachers taking charge after new director backs out… read more

Read about us in tumbleweeds magazine!

All together now! Desert Montessori School shifts to team-leadership model… read more