Tammie Stockton


Tamra Hopkins


Cheri Grayson


Jillian Streeper


Amanda Herringshaw


Laura Fontes


Cher Allison


Ellie Busse


Robin Barry


Kelly Casey


Jessica Estes


Jamie Berfield


Elyse Niemann


Kaleigh Richards


Katrina Reinhardt


Megan Yentzen


Laura Martin


Nicole Commons


Elizabeth Shaw


Pam Chavarria


Kristy Orenstein


Chrissy Quintieri


Lisa Kapellas


Kari Propeck


Christi McClung


Christy Fagundes

















Assistant Principal


Enrollment Registrar




Reception/Orovada - Resource Coordinator


Reception/Silverada - Facilities Mngmt

Montessori Interventionist


Montessori Interventionist


Middle School


Middle School


Middle School


Middle School


Upper Elementary


Upper Elementary


Upper Elementary


Lower Elementary


Lower Elementary


Lower Elementary


Lower Elementary


Lower Elementary


Pre-K & Kindergarten




Pre-K & Kindergarten


Special Education Teacher


Infant/Toddler Program Director


ESL Classroom











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.
    Letter of Interest (pdf)Important Enrollment Info (pdf)

     • 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 waiing lists in the order they were submitted.


    We are proud to announce that we are the only Infant/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 Infant/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


    Contact Christi for program availability:  independencehills@hdmsreno.com for program availability.

    Or call 624-2800 extension 2205.



    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.


    • The "Before Care" program opens at 7:30 a.m. and parents need to sign their child in.


    •  The "After Care" program closes at 5:30 p.m. and parents need to sign their child out.
    •  Advance registration is required and the rates are for a 4 week block of time. You can choose just the "Before Care" option as well as just choosing the "After Care" option, or both, if need be. There are separate rates for parents that only occasionally need the program. These rates are called "Drop-In" rates.
    •  A late fee will be imposed if you arrive later than 5:30, to be paid to the assistants in charge. Please inquire what this fee amount is set at.
    •  Both programs are held in the campus at 2590 Orovada St., Reno, NV 89512
    •  Please locate the link to view our rates for this program.



    KidScape Productions offers before, during, and after school workshops, assemblies, out-of-school time camps, and private coaching.  Our high-energy, engaging curriculum is focused on developing important life skills through the creative outlet of professional acting, role play, improvisation, breath, and yoga.  Our mindful approach to communication skills, social awareness, and confidence in speaking successfully builds, balances, and enhances physical and mental flexibility; emotional understanding and regulation; identifying and using social cues; as well as memory, recall, optimism, empathy, self-acceptance, self-esteem.


    In a nutshell our focus is to help students become active participants in their life.  KidScape Productions provides students professional tools for life long success in communication and relationships!








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  • PTO



    Alissa Surges - Chair

    Judy Magee - Co-Chair

    Shauna Marie - Board of Directors

    Parent Rep Campbell Valle - Secretary

    Robin Barry - Treasurer

    All meetings are at 5:30 pm


    January 7, 2016

    February 4, 2016

    April 7, 2016

    March 3, 2016

    May 5, 2016


    APRIL 30 KIDS ON BIG RIGS 10am to 4pm Silverada Campus $4 per personMAY 7 Brews & Bites @ Craft Wine & Beer 6pm Tickets $25


    Terry Fowler - Chair


    Bob Kastelic - Co-Chair


    Liz Motter - Secretary

    Shauna Marie - Parent Rep


    Kay Ko - Treasurer


    Doug Whitener



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Peaceful, Eco-literate, and Empowered Students


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 ecostudents@hdmsreno.com.





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2590 Orovada St.

Reno, NV 89512

Tel: +775-624-2800


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