Open House Events & Visiting Days

Open House:  Thursday, October 19th6-8pm
Admissions Information Night: Thursday, February 1st6-7:30pm

“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. We are always happy to schedule visits for students considering Desert Academy. Visits can be scheduled with Karen Schwoerer. 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 Ann Hooper, our admissions director. Contact her at kschwoerer@desertacademy.org or call 505-992-8284.Visiting students generally have a brief interview with Yann Lussiez, Head of School, or the Admissions Director, during their visiting day. These interviews typically last about 15 minutes and provide an opportunity to answer questions individually and to get a better sense of your student’s needs.

COFFEE WITH HEAD OF SCHOOL, YANN LUSSIEZ, Ed.D.

food_openhouseCoffee dates are scheduled at 9am on Mondays by appointment, beginning in November. Parents of prospective students are invited to join Head of School, Yann Lussiez, 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 Karen Schwoerer at (505) 992-8284, ext. 10 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 Karen Schwoerer at our front desk at (505) 992-8284 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 each February.

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. 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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