DESERT MARIGOLD SCHOOL

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6210 S 28TH ST
PHOENIX, AZ 85042
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Phone: 602-243-6909
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 6
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 12th Grade
  • District: Valley Of The Sun Waldorf Education Association
  • Students/Teacher: 27:1
  • Students/Grade: 23.2
  • Number Students: 325
  • Number Teachers: 12
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 3583
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Amy Bird
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (65 ratings)
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    School Reviews (60 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-18
    "We attended DMS for just over 2 years and found it to be lacking in many areas. My goal for my children is for them to discover what makes them happy and be able to do that. We thought Desert Marigold was the place for this to happen. We were so very wrong. At first we thought the environment was loving and supportive, but my child continued to complain of boredom, teachers not listening, and being picked on daily. It seemed so unlikely at a place like this that I ignored it for too long. By the time I took my issues to administration my child was in emotional distress. At the first sign of conflict the administration decided that adhering to the century-old philosophies created by the founder of Waldorf methodologies was more important than providing an emotionally supportive environment with basic boundaries concerning bullying. The school failed to acknowledge that such things ever happened there. There is a large group of parents continuing to fight this ignorance on campus, but my family has left. My children are now happy and thriving at a public school. My child told me I should tell the other parents how unsafe this school is and there are better places, so I am."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-04
    "As with any school, there is always room for improvement. We moved to Phoenix because we love AZ. We moved to South mountain, because we loved Desert Marigold school.Our youngest son is in EC preschool. We are familiar with the Waldorf inspired education and do not feel the need to be followers and compete prematurely in testing etc. I feel a lot of parents are overly sensitive to certain issues and need to problem solve themselves and let their children do the same. We have an 18 year old that went through public education and see the problems he now faces due to the "push" to grow up faster and faster. We are pleased with our decision and if you are an "involved" parent then you will be a part of the community that helps "raise the child" .It is not soley the schools job."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-02
    "After 6 weeks in our neighborhood school we got called off of the wait list at DMS. We are so blessed to be a part of a nurturing community. As with any schools, perfection is not possible. We feel that this school has the students best interest at heart. My child is educated as a whole child. There are arts, eurythmy, Spanish, gardening, handwork, music and plenty of play time. For our family, the thought of traditional schooling that included teaching to the test and encouraging conformity is not what we wanted for our children. I want a self sufficient, caring, confident child that has been taught valuable life skills. A child that can problem solve and find answers without google. An engaged child rather than a child knee deep into a screen of any kind. DMS embraces all of this. Most Waldorf schools are private and can cost as much as $17K per year. We are so lucky to have this type of education for free. Thank you DMS!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-27
    "This school presents itself as a liberal arts based, whole-child education, but on closer inspection it is a very unsafe place with no rule enforcement and an unresponsive administration. The campus is beautiful and the early childhood is wonderful. Beyond that, there is much work that needs to be done. Classrooms are disorganized, health and safety needs aren't addressed, and bullying is rampant due to the school's philospohy of allowing children to work things out on their own. They will tell parents that the kids have guidance in problem solving, but no guidance is actually offered. Children come home to enlighten parents of the surprising things allowed to occur at school. Parents take their children here for the arts and whole child aspects of curriculum. There is no reading until second grade, which puts kids at a disadvantage when the parents realize how unsafe the environment is and many parents choose to remain because of this. Before attending this school, research Anthroposophy and Waldorf as much as possible because you are not getting what you think are."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-27
    "Desert Marigold is all we'd hoped for and more... The campus is beautiful, the people, wonderful, and the potential, amazing. Even the things that concerned us initially turned out to be strengths. The kids have one teacher (and one set of classmates) from 1st-8th grade which leads not to insulation but true bonding. They have many different specialty teachers as well and plenty of parent volunteers and staff to set good examples. They learn less from books and more from oral instruction, along with their own note-taking--not strange. This is how we teach in colleges and universities. At Desert Marigold, you can feel like an integral part of a growing community, rather than a cog in a machine. It is a place of true beauty and meaningful learning."
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