As an Arizona state charter school, Desert Star is not eligible to receive state funds to acquire, build, maintain or remodel our facility. In the last two years, the work and commitment of many dedicated individuals in our community was essential in obtaining a site for the school. Charter schools are also at a disadvantage as opposed to district schools because they are not able to participate in general school district bond issues or access override funds. There is also a lack of government funding available to charter schools for special education, business/financial services, administrative and custodial services, all of which is available to district schools. Charter schools must depend on your continued financial support to survive.
Desert Star is non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation, so all donations are tax deductible. A donation packet for our Capital Campaign Fundraising Program is available at the school office. We are grateful for the financial assistance we have received so far from so many, and look forward to a bright future at Desert Star. We welcome your participation in bringing this vision of quality, free-of-cost, whole-child learning to the children of the Verde Valley.
Fundraising events at Desert Star include benefit music concerts, our Art Under the Stars silent auction and the Annual May Faire.
As a state charter school, Desert Star does not receive as much funding per child as district schools. Parental support and participation is crucial to the quality of education and the financial success of our school. All families are requested to contribute 50 hours of volunteer time per school year. Parent participation also keeps our school community alive and connected. Research has proven that children fare better in school when they see their parents are active and a part of their school life.
1) The Parent Council
The Parent Council organizes the volunteer needs of the school and tracks parent volunteer donations of time. All parents of children Kindergarten through 7th are invited to monthly Parent Council meetings. Meeting dates and times are posted in the school newsletter. Parents may also wish to participate as a Classroom Representative for their child’s class. Each grade has 1-2 parents representatives at Parent Council meetings, Class Reps are also available to the teacher regarding the needs of the class.
2) Volunteering in the Classroom:
Please contact your child’s teacher regarding volunteering in the classroom. All volunteers must sign in and out at the office. Please note that parent volunteers who are directly supervised and within eyesight of a teacher will not need a fingerprint clearance card. Those who are alone with students in a classroom, the playground, or driving on a field trip will be required to have fingerprint clearance on file. Also parents who attend school sponsored overnight field trips are required to have fingerprint clearance. If you are planning on volunteering regularly or driving for field trips please come to the school office for fingerprinting instructions and forms. This precaution is for the safety of your child and all children in the school.
3) Community Volunteers:
Community volunteerism is greatly valued at Desert Star. We have been very fortunate to have had many local community members donate in-kind, their time and assistance to our school. It truly does “take a village”. If you know someone who might be excited about what we offer at DSCS please have them contact the school office.
Please share your talent, you are an important part of this community school!? Call 928-282-0171 or e-mail.
The unique education offered by Desert Star Community School is now available to the children in the Verde Valley because of the generosity of individuals and local businesses. This school is exists due to the grass roots efforts of those who value an education that addresses the needs of the whole child.
Desert Star relies heavily on your support to continue to serve our community. As an Arizona state charter school, Desert Star is not eligible to receive state funds to acquire, build, maintain or remodel our facility. In the last two years, the work and commitment of many dedicated individuals in our community was essential in obtaining a site for the school. Charter schools are also at a disadvantage as opposed to district schools because they are not able to participate in general school district bond issues or to access override funds. There is also a lack of government funding available to charter schools for special education, business/financial services, administrative and custodial services, all of which is available to district schools. Charter schools must depend on your continued financial support to survive.
The good news is that despite the financial hurdles charter schools must endure, Desert Star is able to bring a highly valued Waldorf education to all, at no charge. As you may know, obtaining a Waldorf education in a private Waldorf school in this country costs at least $10,000 per year. To have access to this type of education for free is a rare opportunity that we are blessed to have here in Arizona. We hope that you are able to contribute via cash donations, in-kind donations or with your valuable time and expertise and keep this educational option alive for our children for now and in the future. The school is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, so your donations are tax-deductible.
We can now take donations safely and securely online with PayPal.
New! Capital Campaign Fundraising Program Packets are now available, REQUEST DONATION PACKET or call to have one mailed to you and others you feel may be interested in contributing. We are grateful for your financial assistance, and look forward to a bright future as Desert Star!
Each year the Arizona School Tax Credit Program allows you to direct some or all of your state income tax payment to Desert Star Community School for extracurricular activities! This is a wonderful win/win program. For 2013, taxpayers may direct up to $200 per single taxpayer or $400 per married couple filing jointly to charter and public schools. This option is available to anyone who pays Arizona State Income Tax; parents, family and friends can all participate. Tax payers may contribute to both public and private schools in the same year. These funds are enormously helpful in providing support for extracurricular activities such as tutoring, enrichment programs, remedial work, field trips and guest speakers.
It’s simple! The money you donate to the school’s Tax Credit Program replaces dollar-for-dollar what you owe in state income taxes! You simply send in the receipt you will receive from the school along with your state tax return. The dollar amount donated may then be subtracted from the total amount owed in state income tax, thereby reducing your Arizona tax liability.
You don't have to have a child in the school, but you must have a tax liability for at least the amount of your donation to receive the maximum deduction. In other words, if you only owe $100, you can't get a $200 tax credit for the current year, but you may carry $100 forward to future year's taxes. If you don't owe Arizona taxes this year, but you feel you will in the next few years, you may carry forward your school tax credit for up to five consecutive taxable years!
This form is available below and is also available in our office. Please call the office if you have any questions at 928-282-0171.
Jennifer Young is a resident of Sedona since 2005 and worked as Desert Star's Business Manager from September 2008 to October 2010. She is retired from a 26 year career in Corporate management in the international airline industry and currently contributes Business and leadership experience to the wo
Yvan is founder and President of Herbal Vitality Inc., a Sedona based business devoted to the production and wholesale distribution of herbal medicinal products nation-wide. He holds a PhD in Medicine from McGill University and has done extensive research and publishing in the medical field. Yvan is the parent of a Desert Star School graduate and has served on the Board since the opening of the school in 2006 as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer. He is the current Charter holder for the School.
Pam has worked in Waldorf education for more than 20 years, teaching at schools in Massachusetts, Oregon and Arizona. She is in her 4th year with Desert Star School, presently teaching First Grade. Pam is a graduate of Prescott College and holds Waldorf and other teaching certifications.