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Desert Marigold School

Desert Marigold School is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades Pre-K through 12.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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Desert Marigold School says

Desert Marigold School is a learning community where everyone grows. Based upon the pedagogical principles set forth by Rudolf Steiner, we seek excellence in every aspect of our work. Our developmentally sound, experiential approach brings educational experiences and content in an age-appropriate manner from preschool through 12th grade.

Located on a beautiful, 12-acre campus at the foot of South Mountain, our bio-dynamic garden, protected nature pond, and resident farm animals give substance to our commitment to sustainability as an intrinsic part of our curriculum.


As a public charter school, we meet the Common Core Standards. However, our rich and comprehensive curriculum goes well beyond academics. Social and moral questions are addressed. Practical work takes place to develop the will and a sense of responsibility.

There is time for creative play-both structured and free. Arts, crafts, music, movement, Eurythmy and Speech are also an integral part of our curriculum. We understand the developmental necessity of providing all these elements, so that the combined effect stimulates the natural creativity and curiosity of each student so that they “love to learn℠.”

Many aspects of our current culture tend to awaken intellectual activity within children too early. Children at this age are great mimics and mirror what is in their environment. While these “little adults” may seem precocious, premature awakening tends to damage imaginative faculties. By “preserving childhood,” maximum development can occur at each child’s own pace during this crucial foundational period.

As students move through the grades, more complex conceptual elements are added as they mature. However, the development of critical thinking is accompanied by the ongoing imaginative work arising from the arts, practical work and consideration of social and moral issues. This holistic approach leads them towards flexibility and freedom of thought, self-confidence and self-awareness. It creates an internal moral foundation, providing a basis for sound judgment and problem solving that will be needed for success in life.

At the high school level, the current questions of sustainability and the future evolution of society are placed into the context of the history of western civilization. The high school program meets college entrance requirements and prepares DMS graduates for a future as socially aware leaders in whatever realm they chose.

We participate in the required standardized testing, but see it as only one facet of assessing a student’s development. We find that our curriculum prepares children sufficiently without “teaching to the test.”



Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP was Not Met Overall for the year 2012.

AYP for Attendance was Not Met for the year 2012.

AYP is a measurement defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests.

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 277
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 34
1 27
2 26
3 25
4 27
5 27
6 27
7 25
8 21
9 14
10 13
11 11

Desert Marigold School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Desert Marigold School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1
Gender 42% Male / 58% Female
Dress Code Casual
Socioeconomic Diversity

22% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Desert Marigold School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 76%
Multi-racial 4%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 3%
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We have a rotation of after school sports, such as volleyball, soccer, archery and ultimate frisbee, that we intend to expand. We currently also have a Circus Club.

Associations & Memberships

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