Our History

High Desert Montessori School is a public charter school that provides free Montessori education to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  Our story is one of consistent progress and growth.

Our story is one of consistent progress and growth.  We began in 2002 with forty students and we currently enroll almost 500 students ranging from age three to 8th grade. 

At its beginnings in 2002, our school was located in a church in Sparks with forty students ranging in age from kindergarten to sixth grade.  The next year, HDMS opened another location in Reno and added a tuition-based Montessori preschool. 

After two years in two locations, HDMS was able to purchase 2590 Orovada Street and move its preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary classrooms all to this location.  Within four years, 7th and 8th grade were added.

In 2011, the building at 2025 Silverada Boulevard (across the street from our Orovada Campus) was purchased and renovated and upper elementary and middle school moved to that location, opening classroom space for all of our levels to expand and accommodate more students.

In the summer 2020, renovations were done on the one story Silverada building in order to house our Elementary program.  

In the spring of 2020, the Washoe County School District approved the HDMS Charter for an additional six years!  This is the fourth charter renewal we have been granted since opening in 2002.  HDMS currently enrolls almost 500  students.

With the renovation of our Fantastic Drive Campus, completed in 2022, we have realized our dream, 20 years in the making, of finally being united on one campus!

In the spring of 2022, our new 4,000 square foot Community Center and beautiful new west playground were completed, finishing our final phase of construction.