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We understand choosing the right school for your child is an important decision. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your family in person to gain an understanding of your child’s needs and interests, and to share our school’s true experience. For a brief introduction to our school, check out Our School By the Numbers Infographic and our FAQs.

Admissions Process

Thank you for considering Camelback Desert School (CDS). Our thorough admissions process helps identify students who are a good fit for our program and who will be successful academically, socially and emotionally.

Step 1: Tour
Our campus tour will give you a personal connection to our teachers, curriculum and learning environment. During your initial visit to the campus, the Admissions Coordinator or the Principal will talk with you about your child’s unique abilities and interest and your expectations for their education.

Step 2:  Completing the Application
Once you have selected CDS, complete the application forms below. Submit them to our office with all the required documents and a non-refundable application fee of $75. For elementary applications, also include the assessment fee of $100.

Step 3:  Assessment
The Principal or Admissions Coordinator will schedule an assessment with your child to determine their academic level, social skills, etc. Testing ranges in depth depending upon the grade your child is entering. CDS considers admissions for students who can demonstrate their ability to perform at or above grade level in a variety of subjects. Elementary students are also required to participate in a Discovery Day/classroom visit.

We will confirm acceptance via email within one week after the assessment process is complete. Communication will follow in June and July to help ensure you and your child will have a positive transition to CDS.

Admissions Forms & Requirements

Preschool (Beginners – Pre-K2) Note: We use an August 31 birth date as the cut off for our preschool programs.

  • Preschool Application Packet
  • Additional Required Forms
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of most current immunization record

Elementary (K- 5th Grade)

  • Elementary Application Packet
  • Kindergarten Teacher Recommendation
  • 1st – 5th Grade Teacher Recommendation
  • Additional Required Forms
  • Two years of report cards and standardized test results
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of most current immunization record

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