“Desert Montessori is a remarkable institution and home to a wonderful community. The school has cultivated the innate curiosity in our kids and they have become self-motivated learners. Our children are thriving.”

Dave Baker

What Is Montessori?

The Montessori method refers to a child-centered philosophy of education designed to help children to be enthusiastic learners, good citizens, creative innovators, and capable leaders.

Inspired by the educational principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), the modern Montessori method is based in solid developmental and pedagogical research around children’s innate learning potential at different phases of development.

Where conventional education treats each child in much the same way, Montessori acknowledges that every child is different and follows each individual child on their own path of development.

Many famous people have credited their success to their Montessori education: Bill Gates, Julia Child, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Katherine Graham, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Joshua Bell, George Clooney, Beyonce, Helen Hunt, Yo Yo Ma, Prince William, Prince Harry, and many more.

Of course, the point of Montessori is not fame and fortune.

Teachers provide children with a customized environment and thoughtfully designed learning activities that facilitate a love of learning to help each child to maximize their own academic, social, and emotional potential.

The Montessori method uses a sequence of progressively challenging work which allows children to learn independently at their own pace. We foster discovery and mastery while minimizing competition between students. The result is a strong sense of joy of learning, security, self-confidence, and accomplishment.

“My kids are 5 years apart in age, and at times it feels they are miles apart in their personalities, interests, and learning styles. The teachers at DMS are tuned in to each child.

My oldest (a 6th grader) is getting the support for the road bumps recently encountered in math and has gained tremendous confidence with public speaking through the numerous opportunities she’s had to present her work to her peers, parents and staff. My youngest (a first grader) is being continuously challenged as he breezes through his math curriculum, and is learning to navigate the complex landscape of group work.

This individualized approach has kept my kids engaged in learning. The dedication DMS teachers have for supporting each student as they strive to meet their unique goals is seen in my children’s academic success.”

Courtney Lee