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 3 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/School-Age 

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

  • Handwriting


  • Weights and measures

  • Time and money

  • Fractions and geometry

  • Word problems and operations

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division


  • Life and earth science

  • Chemistry

  • Physical science


  • Countries, states, and capitals

  • Land and water formations

Culture and History

  • World, US and California history

Extracurricular Activities

Every day children are exposed to 1 of the 4 extracurricular areas of study:

  • Art

  • Spanish

  • Chess

  • Music


Children's House Primary

8:1 student teacher ratio

Children’s House is 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

  • Place value

  • 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

Practical Life

  • 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

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.

Problem Solving

  • Puzzles

  • Focus and concentration


  • Exploring textures

  • Hand-eye coordination

  • Small muscle control

  • Spatial relationships


  • Pre-reading skills

  • Vocabulary

  • Sign language and Spanish

  • Story time

Practical Life

  • Potty training

  • Hand washing

  • Fostering autonomy

Music and Creativity

  • Singing songs

  • Rhythm and melody

  • Art