We value our community.
Desert Montessori has emphasized sustainability and global education as it directly relates to our mission. We strive to teach global responsibility throughout each child’s day, complementing Maria Montessori’s cosmic curriculum.
Our pledge to students, parents, and teachers: Our aim is to use non-toxic materials in the school and on our grounds whenever possible. By adopting this mission we aim to:
- Improve indoor air quality
- Remove toxic materials from places where children learn and play
- Employ sustainable purchasing and green cleaning practices
- Improve environmental literacy in students
- Decrease the burden on municipal water and wastewater treatment
- Compared to traditional products, green cleaning products minimize health risks, reduce pollution, and conserve resources.
- Children are more susceptible to the effects of cleaning chemicals and other toxins because they are still developing and they behave differently than adults—rolling around on the floor of a classroom, for example.
“If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.”
We have begun adopting a green cleaning program at our school in order to positively affect the health of each and every person who enters its doors. Our staff aims to use environmentally friendly cleaning products for a more healthy environment for the children. Carpets are steamed annually using natural products, and the older students are encouraged to clean up using healthier methods that have less potential to aggravate breathing issues such as asthma and allergies.
The school’s campus contains a butterfly peace garden and raised garden beds compliments of Grow Y’Own and La Montanita Coop. Great care is taken on our property to honor native plants and leave as much wildlife as possible. Students also regularly participate in composting and other environmental pursuits, such as worm gardening.
We implement a comprehensive recycling program throughout the school, in every classroom and office space. From paper to aluminum to plastic, bins are placed around the school to encourage participation from all of the building’s occupants, from toddlers to adults. We utilize local refill stations, like SOAP Supply in Santa Fe, to reduce plastic waste when re-upping our cleaning products.
Service is an incredibly important part of the Montessori curriculum. Our goal is for students to develop ecological consciousness, community awareness, and empathy for others. Our elementary classrooms choose a community outreach focus for the year, then students and the teachers work together to develop service contributions focusing around each organization’s needs and goals.