EcoStudents is a multi-year, multi-million dollar, ecoliteracy program that empowers Montessori students to design and create a sustainable and resilient community. The EcoStudents program encompasses a wide variety of projects including; LEED Certification of the HDMS Campus, a revolutionary STEAM-based Sustainability Curriculum, the construction of farms, gardens and outdoor learning environments, Linked-Learning workforce development and Professional Development for other learning communities interested in ecoliteracy.
The EcoStudents program is managed by a task force of teachers, students, administrators, parents, members of Sustainable Nevada and the HDMS community who meet monthly to make meaningful growth in pursuit of a sustainable community.
The EcoStudents program is made possible by the support of our community, sponsors and partner organizations. We are incredibly grateful for everything you do to make this dream a reality.
To join our task force, ask questions, or make a donation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE LEXICON OF MONTESSORI
GRACE & COURTESY
WE ARE A FREE, PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
High Desert provides a safe, nurturing school environment that fosters independence, problem-solving and great works in our students. We offer tools to explore the universe through Montessori’s Cosmic Curriculum; the purpose is to link all areas of human knowledge. We urge all of our students to be participating members of a socially-conscious and green community by inspiring them to be critical thinkers capable of reflection, communication and action.
Here, you will find information on the necessary steps to secure enrollment at our school. Once accepted, there is an on-line registration process.
• Download Letter of Interest
• Submit completed form via email, fax, post office or hand deliver.
• If space is available, the school registrar will contact you to discuss enrollment.
• If there is no space available, the school registrar will mail you a letter indicating what number you are on her current waiting list.
• No tours will be conducted unless you have secured enrollment.
• A new Parent Seminar will need to be attended. Depending on when you secure enrollment, you will need to attend the January or May meeting.
Note: New parents begin searching in January for the upcoming school year. By May we usually are full and have waiting lists. Be proactive and plan ahead. Occasionally spots become available during the school year. The registrar will contact those people on the waiting lists in the order they were submitted.
We are proud to announce that we are the only Toddler (AMI) Montessori Program in the Reno area.
Our 0-3 year old environment is unique in that we house all of our students in one classroom.
Both of our indoor and outdoor classrooms allow for self-directed exploration and offer successes that assist the child to easily obtain independence, while promoting a positive body scheme and self-image as well as creating a healthy self-esteem.
We focus on 5 main areas in the Toddler Community: Care of the person, care of the environment, the movement of furniture, food, and grace & courtesy. Language and toileting are also a HUGE part of our daily routine. Repetition plays a big part as well. All of these skills will best help the child to be independent and successful in life, and prepares the child to enter our Primary Program. We invite you to come see our community and look forward to becoming an integral part of your child’s learning experience!
Download our RATE SHEET
Download our Letter of Interest
Contact Christi for program availability: email@example.com for program availability.
Or call 624-2800 extension 2205.
PRIMARY PROGRAM AGES 3-5
The Primary program is the foundation of the Montessori educational system. This program offers long, uninterrupted work periods that allow children to fully engage in tasks that they have chosen for themselves, under the careful, individual guidance of their teachers. Montessori children thus have repeated opportunities to explore materials, become engrossed in their activities, and experience regular states of concentrated focus. Our materials are scientifically designed to teach multiple skills and to enable children to problem solve, using their hands and senses. Thus they can independently repeat activities and achieve mastery.
Pre-K Rate Sheet (pdf)
The Montessori Environment: Elementary 6 to 12 years
Our Elementary Program includes a three-year experience in a Lower Elementary classroom for children ages 6 to 9 years old (1st through third grades) and a three-year experience in an Upper Elementary group for children 9 to 12 years old (4th through 6th grade). During these years, children are characterized by a reasoning mind, a thirst for knowledge, a sense of wonder, an attraction to peers and growth toward intellectual independence. Elementary students are offered key lessons and Great Stories that invite them to explore the world around them from the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the smallest flower. Experiential materials continue to help the child explore the areas of geography, history, math, language, biology, geometry, music and Spanish. Most lessons are in small group format and assume a collaborative spirit and a social interest in learning alongside and from one's peers.
Decision-making, problem-solving and social awareness are key components of the elementary experience. Our elementary teachers are observant, respectful and passionate about guiding each child to full engagement in every area of curriculum.
"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to tough his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core." ~Maria Montessori,
To Educate the Human Potential
Our adolescent program (grades 7-9) offers a unique combination of academic work and field experiences within a small, safe community. Teachers are subject matter specialists with additional Montessori training. Under their guidance, students participate in rigorous, individualized work. Students also have regular opportunities for creative expression, and are encouraged to organize community projects. Through knowledge and experience, our adolescents develop a better understanding of their roles in the larger society. They leave our program prepared to succeed in any high school environment.
High Desert Montessori School offers programs for our students that need to be dropped off earlier than our regular start time and picked up later than the end of the day. The "Before Care" and "After Care" enrichment programs are an option for parents for a nominal fee. We have very qualified assistants that run theses programs and activities are scheduled to help keep our students busy and occupied. An after school snack is provided to the students at no extra charge.
FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY
CONVERGENT VS. DIVERGENT
Montessori Factoid: Dr. Montessori’s original experiment and research with children offered hope for a whole new education, and the emergence of a new humanity of perfect peace, order, and harmony in the world - all of this based on Montessori’s breakthrough discovery of the child’s true nature in 1907.
Orovada Library Volunteers Needed: We need volunteers to help upkeep our library. Duties include: re-shelving books, dusting, labeling, looking for/writing grants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help us out in any of these areas. Thank you!
After School Activities: We have several exciting after school activities planned beginning in September. Spanish class is on Tuesdays from 3:30 t04:30, Yoga is on Wednesdays at Orovada from 3:30-4:30 and Bridge Club is on Wednesdays at Silverada from 3:30-4:45. Please see the attached information for details on each of these programs or contact Ms. Amanda at the school at email@example.com.
Lower El Fundraiser: Come enjoy the Reno Balloon Races and a hot Breakfast Burrito at the Orovada Campus on Friday, September 8th, 2017! The Breakfast Burrito bar will be $5.00 and open from 7:30 to 8:45 am. Connect with families, have a yummy high protein breakfast or wake up with some Starbucks coffee! Thank you in advance for supporting Lower Elementary's fundraising efforts!
PTO Parent Representative: Each classroom needs a parent representative to be an active member of the PTO. The first meeting on August 17th had 25 attendees and the next meeting is on September 7th at 5:30. Childcare is provided so we hope to see you there!
Arrival and Dismissal Times: Please make every effort to have your child to school on time. Arrival and dismissal times include:
-7th-9th grade: School begins promptly at 8:30. Dismissal is at 3:30.
-Lower and Upper Elementary: School begins promptly at 8:45. Dismissal is at 3:15.
-Primary and Kindergarten: School begins promptly at 9:00. Dismissal is at 3:30.
Private Music Lessons: HDMS is partnering with the Sierra Arts Foundation in offering private guitar, violin and piano lessons again this school year. Please see the attached flyer for details.
SB 178: High Desert Montessori will be receiving $34,000 in additional funding from the Department of Education to help out with supports for academic interventions. If you have any questions in regards to this, please contact the school.
Supply Fees: As a friendly reminder, High Desert Montessori collects a $125 Supply Fee from all students. The Supply Fee is used to help cover the cost of classroom supplies and materials as well as some field trips. Invoices are mailed out to families several times a year. Please contact Sherrie Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school if you have any questions. We appreciate your support with this.
THE BIG ASK: We have several worthwhile projects happening at HDMS in which we need support. If you can help out with any of the following or know someone who can please click on the links below or call the school at 775-624-2800. All donations made to HDMS are tax-deductible. Both High Desert Montessori Charter School and the PTO/Friends of High Desert Montessori have their non-profit 501 C 3.
Organic School Lunch Program: Help to sponsor a child in need by donating to our healthy on site school lunch program. For more information regarding Farm Fresh Catering click on https://www.farmfreshnv.com/#aboutus
To help sponsor a child, check out the Go Fund Me campaign by clicking the link below. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Passenger Vans: We are in need of a 10 seat passenger van to take our students out into the community for going outs and camps.
EcoStudents: To support EcoStudents click on the link below which will take you to the Go Fund Me campaign or mail checks to HDMS- EcoStudents Project. 2590 Orovada Street, Reno, NV 89512.
Download PDF of Employment Opportunities
Chairperson: Beth Coonradt
Co-Chair: Michael Baldwin
Secretary: Michelle Urban
PTO Board Liaison: Amanda Baldwin
Treasurer: Kaleigh Richards
Help Lower Elementary finish their greenhouse! This "donate" link earmarks funds directly for this project.
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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SUSTAINABLE NEVADA
HIGH DESERT MONTESSORI
Peaceful, Eco-literate, and Empowered Students