More than just a preschool or daycare, Desert Montessori prides itself on being one of the best educational options for children in the Antelope Valley.
DMA is continually exploring ways to expand our programs while maintaining our commitment to a home-like, intimate atmosphere for learning.
We make the school accessible to a wide range of families and are supportive of their needs. We offer after-school enrichment classes and other programs that provide exciting opportunities for our students.
The 2019 summer session begins on June 17 (please see link in menu for summer options). The 2019-2020 academic year begins on September 3, 2019. We invite you to schedule a visit, meet the staff, and observe our approach to educating children.
Classrooms and Program Offerings
Desert Montessori Academy consists of 4 multi-age classrooms. The benefits of mixed aged children in a single room are widely recognized. The older children serve as leaders, teaching younger students various skills, while younger children develop more confidence as they witness older children mastering challenging concepts.
Gessel House Elementary
12:1 student teacher ratio
Gessel House, named after a DMA benefactor, is a room for children ages 6 - 9. This classroom is a blend of Montessori learning with floor works and manipulatives, and traditional academic instruction with workbooks and desk activities. This classroom was designed in this manner to help children successfully transition into traditionally structured elementary schools. Below is a sampling of some of the areas children to which the children are exposed.
Grammar and language mechanics
Word study, reading fluency and comprehension
Creative writing and report writing
Weights and measures
Time and money
Fractions and geometry
Word problems and operations
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Life and earth science
Countries, states, and capitals
Land and water formations
Culture and History
World, US and California history
Every day children are exposed to 1 of the 4 extracurricular areas of study:
Children's House and Harris House
8:1 student teacher ratio
Children’s and Harris Houses are rooms for children ages 2 1/2 through 5. The focus within these rooms is on kindergarten readiness, developing independence, and fostering a passion for learning. Below is a sampling of some of the areas children to which the children are exposed.
Letter and sound recognition
Sight words, blends, digraphs, and foundation of reading elements
Number and quantity recognition
Concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Creative thinking and problem solving
Parts and characteristics of trees, flowers, animals, etc.
7 continents and 5 oceans
People, places, clothing, homes, flags
Care of the person (tying a shoe, washing hands, etc.)
Care of the environment (sweeping, using a sponge, etc.)
Grace and courtesy
Control of movement
Bambino House Infant & Toddler Room
4:1 student teacher ratio
Named after Maria Montessori's first classroom, DMA's Bambino House provides home-like care for our smallest students. We offer a safe environment where children are free to explore materials on low shelves and with child-sized furniture. Educators guide the student’s cognitive, motor and sensory development, and eventually expand into activities that enhance a child's life skills. Below is a sampling of some of the areas children to which the children are exposed.
Focus and concentration
Small muscle control
Sign language and Spanish
Music and Creativity
Rhythm and melody