Integrates art, music and movement
into a classical academic education

Provides active and creative learning

Where education is considered a journey - not a race

Fosters healthy social development

Reinforces a child's connection with nature


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.