Our School began in 1996 through the interest and efforts of the founder and Executive Director Ms. Shetal Walters, and a small group of parents. We held our first session in a home-based environment and over the course of three years expanded into three homes and served 40 families. Because of increased community interest, the program was expanded to include full-day programs, a toddler program, as well as late day school to meet the needs of the families involved. In March of 1999 we moved into our current facility, which was designed specifically for Montessori.
Desert Garden offers a Montessori infant program to begin a child’s journey with the best considerations possible in education. The infant program allows for us to begin our process in establishing a relationship with parent, school, and child at a very early age. This sense of community and consistency is a wonderful nurturing way to begin a child’s experiences with the outside world.
Over the years we have expanded our school to accommodate the needs of our children and the community. Our expanded campus allows us to serve infant through high school children, from ages 6 weeks to 18 years. We also offer programs including art, music, theater, Spanish, organic gardening and an organic kitchen, all of which are extremely important areas in offering a child a well-rounded education.