Desiderata Alternative Program serves exceptional students with needs that are more effectively addressed in a small school environment. Students are referred to Desiderata by their home school campuses. The Desiderata program emphasizes academic achievements as well as the social, emotional and behavioral growth of students. All students are taught District curriculum which meets State of Arizona Standards. Classroom activities stress student acquisition of literacy skills.
Desiderata Alternative Program is housed in a 30,000-square foot facility near 35th Avenue and Thomas and was opened in 2006. The campus is designed to be functional and supportive: there are 11 classrooms, library, fitness center, sports court, cafetorium, group therapy room, instructional kitchen, assistive technology.