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High Desert Montessori School

Public School | Grades K-7 | Washoe County School District
2590 Orovada Street
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 624-2800

About This School

High Desert Montessori School is located in Reno, NV and is one of 115 schools in Washoe County School District. It is a public school that serves 215 students in grades K-7. See High Desert Montessori School's test results to learn more about school performance.

In 2007, High Desert Montessori School had 24 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Nevada average is 20 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2007)

Students (2007)


Students Per Teacher (2007)

Female/Male (2007)

47% 53%

District Spending (2010)

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By a Parent on

I love the fact that HDMS is grounded in a hands-on philosophy and really nurtured my child's independence, responsibility, and self-starter attitude.  I credit this school for my child's tenacity in seeing projects through and the desire to take the time to do things slowly and intentionally, rather than speedily and messily completing a project. I also greatly appreciate the security of the buildings.
I am less than thrilled with the teacher turn over and classroom management - as there are many difficult behaviors in children that may not be well suited for the Montessori environment.  It is such a self-directed curriculum, that children must have independent behaviors and study habits.  For instance, my child did not take the initiative to study subcategories of some sciences, nor were there formal lessons on them offered by the teacher, which resulted in a poor grade for the category.  There were also times where my child went without a teacher directed math lesson for three weeks.  I volunteered in the classrooms and feel that this is likely due to the difficult behaviors in class, which made it easy to overlook the children that were quietly working independently.  I do not feel that teachers are supported by administration in addressing children that are disruptive to the classroom.
We changed schools per my child's request for:  more challenges, a more disciplined environment, and more accountability for student behaviors.  We are happy that we made the move and wish we would have done it sooner because my child is struggling to keep up in math:  their math "review" is new material for my child.  We are told that this is material that should have been covered in 4th grade and should not be new material for middle schoolers.  My child was receiving mediocre grades, that felt very subjective, at HDMS.  Now my child is receiving straight A's - but it is requiring 3 hours of homework a night - which she is independent and self directed in completing, with the exception of the nightly math tutoring I must offer.  My child is feeling frustrated, incompetent, and incapable in math.  I am very upset that my child did not receive the math foundation, at HDMS, necessary for success and neglected to nurture a healthy self confidence in this important subject.

By , a Parent on

My son has attended HDMS for two years and there have been a couple irritants; However, I would never consider changing schools.  I am a product of our Washoe County school system and I would never subject my son to public school.  He is in a kind and caring environment while getting a fantastic education.  I have friends whose kids are in public school and I see the curriculum as sub-par and completely below my standards.  HDMS kids are learning hands on skills, they go on more field trips, and they stress the importance of personal responsibility.  Believe the hype, Montessori students average higher test scores, and have a higher graduation rate than your typical public schools.
I appreciate and value the ability to give my son a terrific education, that is why he attends HDMS.

By a Parent on

High Desert Montessori is unique because it is a community of dedicated students, parents, teachers and staff.  Many teachers spend summers away from their families to train at Montessori facilities across the nation in addition to district requirements.  Parents make the commute from all areas of Truckee Meadows daily not because they are using school as free daycare or as a substitute for parenting but because of the quality education provided.  Every school has issues and every organization experiences growing pains.  We have been with the school since 2006. Our child has a great deal of pride for his school and we are very pleased with his test scores and the environment he spends the majority of his week in.  The school is lucky to have so many businesses believe in and support this type of education.  The student body is probably more diverse than most schools which I think is a great benefit.

By a Parent on

High Desert is a wonderful school for kids of many different levels.  Since Montessori is student driven they are working at their performance level instead of working on work that may be above or below them.  The use of the eye catching materials helps to grab the attention of the students and they become more interested in their own education, all without feeling like it is "work".  I love this school and what they offer.

By on

I've worked as a volunteer 3 days a week at the HDMS and K-3 grades for a few months. Social interaction expressed at HDMS benefits any shy child by working with others and sharing and caring about each other. These students are relaxed and comfortable in their own shoes as they express their learning abilities in a personal way that advances them or gives them the opportunity to catch up at a slower pace. The teachers are angels of patience and knowledge. When I'm not at the school to tutor/mentor, I'm missing it :-)

By a Parent on

HDMS is a wonderful educational alternative in our community. The primary curriculum is wonderful. Elementary students gain not only the academic knowledge, they learn HOW to think critically, which is something that is sorely lacking in traditional schools. Students are given the opportunity to learn subjects in creative ways (eg: making a tri-fold brochure for a book report instead of just writing a report). This leads to a deeper level of thinking about, learning, and understanding the material.

By , a Former Student on

I was a fourth grader at HDMS and i was there all the way through middle school and i am going to say that I loved it there.  Sure it was a little disorganized but nobody cared, we were all friends.

By , a Former Student on

High Desert is a great school. As a former student i love the school. I learn so much.

By a Parent on

This school helped my kid get straight "A"s in a challenging high school. They're upper-classmen program is still a work in progress but it was a great school.

By a Parent on

I have to agree that if you are looking for organization, you will be slighlty disappointed, but, the level of attention the students receive far outweigh the disorganization. This is not your standard public school environment, rather it's like one big family working together and pulling it off very nicely. There are not all the frills of a big school, but they do a great job with what they have to work with. I know from from my own observations that most 4th graders from HDMS could easily go head to head with 5th & 6th graders from the big schools.

By a Parent on

High Desert Montessori is a FANTASTIC school.  I have three children and they all love it.  Although they have only been at High Desert for a few months they have already learned a great deal.

The obvious dedication of the staff is another reason I love this school.  They are always willing to answer my questions and spend many extra hours at the school.  It is obvious that the whole staff is there because they want to be.

Desert Montessori is a green school, and teaches students the value of recycling.  The teachers correspond through e-mail to save  paper, and I find that I am actually able to keep up with assignments using this method.  They even offer an organic lunch at this school, and my children tell me it is wonderful!

This is a school that welcomes parental imput and the administration and staff are not afraid to look inward in order to improve.  Thanks HDMS for offering me an incredible alternative!!

By a Current Student on

I find High desert to be a GREAT school! Last year I had the best science teacher I have ever had in my life. I learned about protista, archaea, the nervous system, hermaphrodites, and so much more. And although technically there is no gifted program, I was constantly given challenging work. It was amazing.

By a Parent on

If you are expecting organized, you will be disappointed. All meetings are highly unorganized as is any activity that is planned. It is not an open and friendly community. This was my experience with HDMS. Hopefully yours will be different.

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