How to Apply


Admission Requirements

Prospective families are asked to complete an application for admission and meet with our Admissions Director and Head of School..  Aside from both a student and parent questionnaire, you are required to obtain a transcript from your current institution and two teacher recommendations (English and Math).  All documents can be submitted through the online portal at this button or here

Application Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline: December 2, 2019.

Applicants meeting the Priority Deadline will receive an answer on their application for admission on December 15, 2019 and, if applying, will receive priority consideration for tuition assistance.  Additionally, admitted students who applied prior to this deadline and choose to enroll prior to February 1st will receive $500 off of their tuition for their first year.

Regular Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2020

Applicants who complete their applications between December 1st and Feb 22nd will receive an answer on their application within 7 business days of its completion.   Admitted students who choose to enroll prior to March 1st will receive $250 off of their tuition for their first year.

Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis year round as long as space permits.  Late applicants are welcome to apply for tuition assistance as well, but there is no guarantee that funds will be available.

Jan 31: Returning families tuition assistance Early Apply deadline
Feb 7th: Returning families tuition assistance final deadline
Feb 7th: Early Apply tuition assistance awards issued for returning families
Feb 14th: Remaining tuition assistance awards issued for returning families
Feb 14th: New Families enrollment application deadline
Feb 14th: New Families tuition assistance application deadline
Feb 20th: Returning Families Re-enrollment confirmation due
Feb 21st: New Families tuition assistance awards issued
Feb 28th: All returning families Re-enrollment deposit due
Feb 28th: All New Families Acceptance letters and contracts issued
March 6: All New Families contracts and tuition deposits due


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as space allows.  Please inquire about spots available. 




1.      Can we afford it?

More than half of Desert Academy’s families receive some form of tuition assistance.  Investment in your child’s secondary education provides them with the opportunity to earn more college scholarship money, reducing the burden for your family later in their educational path.  Desert Academy is also committed to creating a truly diverse environment for out students and we believe socioeconomic diversity is an important component.  For that reason, all families who believe they may qualify are encouraged to apply for Tuition Assistance here.

2.      When is the best time to apply?

The earlier you start the application and admissions process, the more advantages there are to your family and the easier the transition to a new school will be for your child..  However, we will continue to accept applications each year as long as there is space in a class.




Our Location

7300 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM, 87505
United States
(505) 992-8284