Open House Events & Visiting Days

Please join us for an Informational Evening on Thursday, February 2nd at 6 pm.

“We appreciate the kind, inclusive, globally-minded community that you foster at Desert Academy. We truly feel welcome at your school and believe this is an environment where our child can thrive. The atmosphere is palpably different from other schools we have visited and we value the attention you place on developing well-rounded, respectful, caring students. We feel that Desert will engage our child in learning by encouraging his intellectual curiosity, while also providing a safe, supportive space for him to blossom as an individual”
– Prospective Parent

VISITING DAYS

mural_openhoseProspective students are encouraged to spend a day at Desert Academy. Student ambassadors will host prospects, providing an opportunity to tour the school and learn Desert’s history and culture,  visit classes, and meet Desert students and faculty. Winter visiting days are: January 13th, 19th, 23rd, and 26th, and February 9th, 15th, and 23rd by appointment. We are always happy to schedule alternative day visits when necessary. Visits can be scheduled with Sue Mills. Contact her at 505-992-8284. Come visit us soon! 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews (the last step of the admission process) generally occur on Fridays and can be scheduled through Linda Armer. Contact her at larmer@desertacademy.org or call 505-501-7968. Interviews typically last about 15 minutes. Interviews are conducted by Terry Passalacqua, Head of School. Although your student’s application needs to be complete before the interview, we encourage you to schedule the interview as soon as possible.

COFFEE WITH HEAD OF SCHOOL, TERRY PASSALACQUA, MA

food_openhouseCoffee dates are scheduled at 9:15 am on Mondays or Fridays, by appointment, beginning in November. Parents of prospective students are invited to join Head of School, Terry Passalacqua, for coffee and an informal discussion about Desert Academy, our philosophy, and the programs we offer. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about Desert Academy and ask any questions you may have. Please call Linda Armer at (505) 992-9284 for reservations.

PARENT VISITS

Parents are always welcome at Desert Academy. If you would like to visit with us, tour the school, talk to available members of the faculty, or get a glimpse of classes in action, please call Jennifer Warren at (505) 501-7978 between 1 and 5 pm daily to request an appointment.

ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE

During these informative, interactive evenings, students will attend a variety of classes and electives, and parents will attend panel discussions to learn about what makes Desert Academy unique. Our Admissions Open Houses occur once per year, during the month of October. We also hold a winter Admissions Information Night, which will be from 6 to 8pm on February 2nd.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Information packets can be obtained from our Front Desk (505) 992-8284.  All necessary application forms can be accessed and completed – and the $65 application fee can be paid – online at: https://desertacademy.openapply.com. Request forms for teacher recommendations and transcripts are also available at this site. Applicant families are encouraged to schedule interviews as soon as they have submitted their documents to us.   Applicants will receive notification of admissions decisions within fifteen business days of their interview. New student enrollment contracts will be due by the deadline stipulated in the enrollment letter.

Prospective students must submit their completed online application with the following documents:
-Applicant information
-Applicant’s picture
-Parent questionnaire
-Applicant’s essay
-Teachers’ recommendations (English and Math). These recommendation forms should be sent to current teachers directly, and the teachers will send them back to us.
– Current school records (grades/report cards, transcripts)

Decision letters will be mailed within ten business days after the complete application file is received by the Admission Committee.

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