Visit Us

A great way to find out if Desert Academy is the right school for you is to plan a visit. You could spend the day with a current student, attend a open house, have coffee with the Head of School or schedule an individual tour.

“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


Prospective 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 by contacting our Director of Admissions, Shona Casey, at  Come visit us soon! 


Interviews (the last step of the admission process) generally occur on Fridays and can be scheduled through Shona Casey, our admissions director. Contact her at 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 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.


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 our front desk at (505) 992-8284 between 1 and 5 pm daily to request an appointment.


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, and a host of other events to allow your family to get to know Desert Academy and our students.


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: Request forms for teacher recommendations and transcripts are also available at this site.

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)

An interview and visit are required to complete the application process.  Applicants will not be notified of a decision until all requirements have been met.

Decision letters will be sent via email within ten business days after the completed file is received by the Admission Committee.



Our Location

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