Academic Support


Desert Academy’s Advisory Program is designed to provide students with a consistent and supportive home base as an integral part of their school experience.

High school advisory groups meet once each week and middle school advisories meet twice weekly.  In both divisions, advisors provide academic support, addressing issues including organization, time management, academic honesty, and tracking academic progress. Advisors also guide students in their community service efforts, which change year over year as students mature. Students develop the learner profile traits central to our mission and connect with their peers as teams. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s advisor for support in making their experience at Desert the best it can be.

Counseling/Learning Advocacy

Christine Siegrist, MA

Students in need of counseling  receive these services from Christine Siegrist, MA

Originally from south of New Orleans, Christine Siegrist has resided in New Mexico since 2003, working in the counseling and mediation fields. Her experience includes concentration with at-risk youth, assessment of the best interests of children within the context of divorce and separation, and mentorship of local teens. Christine holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and an M.A. from Southwestern College in Santa Fe. She is an independently licensed mental health counselor. Christine is a dedicated student of circus arts and enjoys hiking in the mountains with her boxer dogs, riding a bright blue electric bicycle, and assisting with local non-profits and action groups. She is thrilled to be a part of the Desert Academy community.