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K-8
Public charter
Cornville, AZ
Students enrolled: 150
Before care: No
After care: No

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1240 S. Recycler Rd.
Cornville, AZ 86325

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(928) 282-0171
(928) 284-9565
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Map of Desert Star Community School address.

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October 04, 2014
For months, I have respectfully tried to communicate with school staff and administrators about my daughter who lives with her mother. Repeatedly, my calls have gone unanswered or have been received in an unprofessional manner. And now, my daughter has left your school and is 'missing.' I have little to no idea where she or her mother are. I am greatly disappointed that the office staff (Sue) and administrators (Cheryl LeBlanc, Yvan Rich and Craig Imler) have done nothing to professionally support a child's relationship with both parents and have perpetuated the unwarranted estrangement of a child and her father. A Community school should support a child's entire community, not half of it. For the entire story: gofundme.com/findmydaugh

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
My son has attended this school for 3 years and we both couldn't be happier. Whoever commented that this school doesn't use textbooks or adhere to state/federal curriculum was either mistaken or uninformed. There are textbooks, AIMS review workbooks, spelling words, multiplication quizzes, etc. Some things do "look" different at this school as opposed to public schools, such as students work in Main Lesson books rather than worksheets that are sent home every day. So while all the extras offered (like hiking, woodworking, violin, Spanish, and handwork) are nice, it isn't done to take away from the academics of the student, its to ENHANCE the experience. If there were any downside (for some parents) its that its hard to be a sideline parent with no involvement in the school. If a parent is only wanting to drop off their child and let the school be solely responsible for the child's education then this likely isn't the school for you. The only complaint is that things can be disorganized at times although the school has made a concerted effort to help keep parents abreast of news with weekly emails and an updated website. Children are respected AND educated, what more could you want?

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
Desert Star has many pros and cons. If your main interest is knowing that school will be fun place for your kids. This is a good school. There does seem to be a lot of emphasis on extracurricular activities such as knitting, gardening, field trips, painting and drawing, mixed with a bit of music. However, it is lacking in the basic curriculum in regards to reading, writing, and math. There are no text books for each child and most of the work that is handed out is hand-printed. In two years, my child has not had one spelling test nor has spelling been taught as a class in and of itself. There also seems to be a lack of clear organization and direction. I would have to honestly say that if one's priority is in learning the basic educational curriculum, then this will not be the school for you. However, if one's priority is that your child thinks that school is fun and that people are nice and, if that is good enough for you, you will more than likely like this school very much.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
This wonderful school utilizes experiental learning to inspire a great love of education in it's students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Desert Star School has a community of people like no where else that I know of. We are a village, a family, a tribe that supports each other and our children in every way. D.S. teaches environmentalism & stewardship of the Earth, multiculturalism, non-violent communication, emotional intelligence, encompassing the needs of the whole child through creativity, music and academics. I am so proud of our little school. We've worked very hard to create something special that is unique and caters to the needs of children today. The faculty are people I completely trust and believe in. They come from their hearts, sincerely there for the children and the parents. I have made my best friends at Desert Star and so has my daughter. She loves going to school and learning....that is the joy of Desert Star!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
We love Desert Star for it's dedication to 'whole child' learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The best teachers, administratrs, parents, kids and cirruculium in Cottonwood!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
We are a dedicated and close staff who believe in each other and in Waldorf education. Our parent body is very involved and committed to each child and the school. And we have the most awesome view of the Sedona mountains

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Waldorf education, small class size. Teachers who care about students and students who care about each other. Great arts focus! My sons love to go to school each day

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Our sons love to go to school every day and are happy, what more could a Dad wish for? Their love of art and music helps balance them as human beings and the focus on caring for self, others and the environment is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Such a terrific Waldorf charter school!! I teach art classes to each grade, 2-5 weekly at this treasure of a school and I look forward to each day spent with this fine group of children and staff. These children love art, music, gardening, knitting and still have time and love for academics presented in a thoughtful and age-appropriate manner. I have taught at private Waldorf and some of the top private schools and this little school nestled in rural Cornville deserves some Kudos!!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 19, 2009
It has the best focus on teaching children to become stewards of the environment and to be kind to each other. They also get to do music and art and take nature hikes which is so missing in the 'regular' schools!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Great perspective on the balance of academic and emotional intelligence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It is wonderful to see how children are treated very nice and honored who they are.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teaching methods are par excellence and my child loves!!!!!!! school. She never wants to miss a day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The staff honors the children as individuals, and we strive to educate the whole child through an artistic and academic program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Desert Star School has a beautiful rural setting for its campus and the staff and teachers really care about the whole student and creating a learning culture of trust, inspiration, and respect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Love the Rudolph Steiner style of teaching. My daughter has a great teacher in Peter Wollheim.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The phylosophies for educating the children go beyond academics, the whole child is the focus. The school invites with open arms for the parents to be involved with their childs education. All of the children are reached by the use of the multiple inteligences in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Born of the notion that parents, teachers, and especially children can shine to their individual full potentials and can help each other achieve that shining, Desert Star has passionately pursued that goal through the many trials of its beginning years. Now flourishing like the young gardens it planted in the desert, Desert Star continues to inspire the love of beauty within and without its participants --- the kind of beauty that creates confidence and a drive towards life-long enthusiastic learning.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2009
Fantastic teachers, beautiful peaceful campus, a wonderful parent community, devoted board of directors, the best administrator in the world, Waldorf-Inspired, free. I could go on and on. My children are excelling. They can't wait to go to school. As a Mom, I don't have to worry. My kids are cared for, cared about, honored and respected. Their education is top-knotch. I know they will become creative thinkers and contribute to society when they are grown. Desert Star Community School is perfect for our family.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Desert Star has a whole child approach to teaching and a curriculum that still includes arts and music. Kids are happy there and you can see it in their eyes - their spirits are alive. They grow in independence and community while retaining their individuality. Most schools teach a child WHAT to think, Desert Star teaches a child how to think. These are skill sets that help a child thrive in a changing world. We could use a lot more funding though so it leaves it up to the parents to contribute time and energy, yet that is what has caused this school to continue to grow and expand.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This is a very sweet and beautiful space for kids to learn, and create. It is a Waldorf inspired charter school, and has a wonderful learning environment for the kids and a great community of parents and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
Desert Star is a school where children are met as individuals and a love of learning comes naturally. The Waldorf inspired curriculum is inspiring and rich in the arts, yet challenging and engaging. The faculty is amazing and the outdoor setting encourages children to experience appreciate our natural surroundings. The experience at this school is a breath of fresh air from the sterile dry public school approach. The school community is very active and involved and welcoming. It's a very warm family oriented group.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2009
This is a fabulous school!! my daughter is loving it and we are very impressed by the dedication and quality of the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
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Desert Star Community School
1240 S. Recycler Rd., Cornville, AZ  86325
(928) 282-0171
Last modified Desert Star Community School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Star Community School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top