We believe that connecting our students to their interests is essential to learning at high levels. To this end, counselors and our registrar work to fulfill student generated course requests in the elective areas. For students with a strong interest in a specific field of study, DSMS Academy programs offer a rich experience.
Academy students at DSMS are promised a seat in an academy category classroom for each of their four semesters in the 7th and 8th grade. Teachers who lead academy classrooms have the opportunity to progress in greater depth and over two school years. The community of highly interested, like-minded students found in academy classes has great benefit at the middle level. Academy students leave Desert Shadows Middle School with a strong connection to the academy teacher and the distinction of having been a part of an elite academic experience.
Desert Shadows applications are in the linked files below.
The application process for DSMS academies begins for future students currently in the 6th grade. Our academy applications will be available Thursday, November 1, 2018, on this page. The deadline for academy applications is Friday, January 11, 2019. If you have any other questions, please contact Laurie McGill.