Tammie Stockton


Tamra Hopkins


Cheri Grayson


Sherrie Jordan


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


Financial Accounts Payable


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 waiting 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!




    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!










    No School Reminders: There will be no school for students on Friday, February 17th due to teacher professional development and Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day. Enjoy your 4-day weekend!


    HDMS Thespians: High Desert Montessori was represented for the first time at the Nevada Thespians Regional Conference last weekend at Damonte Ranch High School. Both 8th grade students Kadie Bernhard and Sami Connolly qualified for the State Thespian Competition in Las Vegas. Congratulations to both of these talented 8th graders!



    PTO Website: Thank you to parent and PTO Secretary Campbell Valle for creating a website for the PTO. The website includes information discussed at meetings, financials and grant requests. Check it out!



    Archery Club: There will be an Introduction to Archery class for interested 3rd-6th graders on Wednesday 2/15/17during the afternoon work period.  Cost is free and forms are being sent home.  If you would like your child to participate, please fill out the form and sign the waiver on the back.  Forms must be returned to school by 2/14/17.


    Supply Fees: As a friendly reminder, High Desert Montessori collects a $100 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 Jillian Streeper at financial2@hdmsreno.com or call the school if you have any questions. We appreciate your support with this.


    STEAM Fair: We will be holding a science gala titled “World’s Fair: Peace Through Understanding”  on March 9, 2017 from 5:30-7:30.  All the science projects, from each level, Middle School, Upper El and Lower El, will be on display. There will be student performances, interactive class projects and food available from the PTO and Adolescent Culinary. Please mark your calendar and come and join us!


    SNOW DAYS- Instructional Time: In order to make up lost instructional time due to the recent snow days, we will have full days instead of a 1:00 early release on the following days: Jan. 13, Jan. 27, February 10 and March 3. This will provide an additional 10 hours of instructional time in the classroom.


    Parent Education Nights: We are excited to be offering 3 upcoming parent education workshops which focus on how parents can support their child’s success. These workshops are open to ALL parents and staff -mark your calendars!


    March 6th -Upper El @ 3:45

    April 10- Middle School @ 6:00

    May 1- Primary/Kindergarten @ 6:00


    Silverada Arrival and Dismissal: As a reminder, please use the back area off Fantastic Drive for arrival (8:15-8:45 AM) and dismissal (3:15-3:45 PM) daily. The front area of the Silverada building can be used for pick up or drop off during the school day for appointments and such but not during normal arrival and dismissal times. Thank you for your help 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.



    Sports Court: A small group of parents are trying to raise funds to put in a Sport Court on the Silverada playground which would provide a safe, attractive area for children to play soccer. They have been working hard to raise the $25,000 needed for this project to happen. So far they have raised $8,250 towards this project which includes the following donations: PTO $2,500, HDMS $2,500, Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe $1,000, Fur and Feathers $1,000, Cesar Tobar of True Real Estate $1,000 and $250 from the Finley Center . If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this worthwhile project, please contact Lisa Guzman at angelslandscapeandcarpentry@ymail.com or call the school.


    Passenger Vans: We are in need of a 12 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 complete list of job openings and application.
  • PTO



    Alissa Surges - Chair

    Judy Magee - Co-Chair

    Shauna Marie - Board of Directors

    Parent Rep Campbell Valle - Secretary

    Robin Barry - Treasurer


    Equal Exchange:

    The High Desert Montessori Primary and Kindergarten classrooms are excited to engage in  a green fundraising initiative for the eighth year in a row.   Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade Fundraising Catalog is filled with delicious organic coffees, cocoas, chocolates, tree-free gift wrap and more! We have chosen Equal Exchange because the products are organic, fair trade, and they provide curriculum support to help us teach children about  sustainability.


    The primary teachers do one large fundraiser each year and we’re doing it just in time for the holidays!  Every penny we earn will go directly into our classrooms; this is a teacher-run fundraiser. We plan to purchase new classroom materials, add playground equipment, and buy new language materials to support reading. Any extra funds will go toward Montessori materials,  and classroom equipment. Please help us support our students by stocking up with items you use every day and buying high quality gifts for your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. We will earn 40% of each Equal Exchange sale!


    Your purchase not only helps our classrooms to raise funds. You will be improving the lives of small-scale farmers and artisans around the globe. And because the foods are organic, you know the products you are purchasing are gentle on the earth and produced without pesticides or harmful farming practices. This could be an easy way to get some of your holiday shopping done early.  If you are interested, check out the catalog at the front desk of each building.  You can order directly from that catalog on the form inside, you can order directly from of the primary teachers, or ask for your own catalog.  We have extras. Together we can make this the most successful fundraiser yet, while raising money in a socially responsible and environmentally conscious way.

    • Orders are due on Monday, November 14th.
    • Your products should arrive the week of December 5th.
    • Make checks payable to High Desert Montessori School- NOT Equal Exchange.
    • If you have any questions, please email Chrissy at tuscarora@hdmsreno.com


    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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