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Desert Christian Schools

Private | K-12 | 1057 students

 
 

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Posted April 11, 2014

I have one in middle school and another in elementary and they both, like myself love Desert Christian. My 14 year has been going there since Kindergarden and not once have I had any issues with teachers or staff. All the teachers are loving and truly care for your children. DCS are like a big family and I love the atmosphere of praising God and getting a great education at the same time. My son is starting high school next fall and he has so many leadership skills and my daughter is starting 3rd next fall and she is excited as well. They provide many extra activities from worshiping clubs, music to sports that they both find what they like and excel. My youngest is only 2 years old and I can't wait for him to start in a year or two! All my three kids will continue at DCS as long as God provides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

My son attends Desert Christian Elementary and I must say we have had a wonderful experience with this school. My son was new to the school this year and his teacher was so welcoming and warm, she always made him feel comfortable. My son is excelling in every subject and loves the school. They offer many extra curricular activities that children can get involved in. Overall I would highly recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

Vibrant staff, positive attitudes and good curriculum makes this the school of my choice!!! Don't go anywhere else but here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

Desert Christian is a great school! I went here from third grade all the way through high school. The teachers are hard workers and know how to teach and be kind at the same time, I am truly grateful for all that Desert Christian taught me!


Posted May 4, 2012

We started our oldest at the middle school, thinking we'd move him to public school in 9th grade. 3 weeks into 6th grade, he asked, "I can go here through high school right?" He finished high school in 2011 and is now finishing up a freshman year in college where he's already been recognized as a leader and model student. We credit Desert Christian with giving him wonderful opportunities to be a leader in sports, music, and academics. Yes he would have succeeded in a public school but those opportunities to lead would have been much fewer. It's those skills that will best prepare him to be a leader in his church, career, and community. The relationships he's built with his teachers have helped mature him and work comfortably with adults in college. Desert Christian has so many opportunities for involvement that colleges look for. I couldn't recommend it enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

Desert Christian is the best school in the A.V. My children have been going here since pre-school, we tried something different for one year and learned our lesson, in that... there is just NO comparison to DCS! The teachers are very compassionate & kind in a very Christ-like way. Their motto this year is "Respect" & that goes both ways, but most of all it is Bible-centered teaching. A+ for Desert Christian!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

I absolutely love Desert Christian in Lancaster, CA. The teachers are loving and genuine to each and every student and family that attends this school. Yes they do test students to make sure they are ready for kindergarten but this prepares students educationally and socially for their school experience. There are fundraisers but this helps the school to remain the most affordable private school in the Antelope Valley. The lunchroom staff and qualify of food is the best that I have ever seen in any school, public or private. I am so blessed to be able to have my child at this school. They have a great program where you can work at the school and pay down some of your tuition. What an awesome opportunity this is for struggling families that want to provide the very best for their kids. This school is building great Christian leaders and has been able to offer fine arts and many other programs that public schools have no budget for. Class sizes are approximately 30 to a class with many classes being in the 20s. In addition the elementary classes have teachers aides to allow teachers to teach and not spend their time making copies or tying shoes. Great, great school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

What a blessing this school has been to my family. I love the way the teachers genuinely love and care about my children. It has been a sacrifice for us to have our children enrolled in a private school, but well worth it! There is no perfect school out there, but DCS has proven to be the best Christian school in the Antelope Valley. Thank you DCS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

To be blunt, it feels like a hustle while hiding behind Christ. How can a child be in your preschool for 3 years and not be ready for your kindergarten curriculum? When it s time for Kindergarten, they ll recommend Jr. Kinder stating, your child isn t socially ready .I placed my child in Kinder anyhow.He received high marks all year. In 1st grade the teacher was clearly overwhelmed w/ a class size of 35-40.Voicing my concern this year about my child being placed in a class w/ a teacher who was unacceptable bordering incompetent and given our history/participation at the school we were optimistic that our concerns would be heard.They were not. The discipline is absent, the kids discuss unseemly things, there s an atmosphere of exclusion, and if tuition, almost $5 daily for lunch and paying for every extracurricular activity weren t enough, you MUST participate in the frequent fundraisers, all while your child receives a questionable opportunity.When paying for private education you expect the best and unfortunately DCS falls short,missing the mark and is completely oblivious.Our family won t be returning to DCS and I urge you to look long and hard before settling here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

Love this school!!! We have had our kids at this school since 1998. We had to put them in public school for a few years due to a financial issue and hated every minute of it. We love the God centered education, loving teachers, and safe environment. My kids have always received a high quality education. In fact my oldest just graduated and received two scholarships to the University of Hawaii. I can't thank the teachers and staff enough for everything they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

Worst School Ever!!! That staff is nice to your face, but sit in the office like I did to get my daughter early and you can hear Principle talking badly and laughing about the parents, there was also a child there when she was speaking this way. Then the class size is 35 students at $400 a child ($14,000 per month) they won't hire anymore teachers and parents complaints go unheard. The schooling is not far from public I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. I'm looking for a new school this summer for my daughter I'm not going to pay to be treated to this way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

My daughter attended DC for 5 years: two years in preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd. I think it's a wonderful school and a warm loving environment, at least in the younger grades, which was important to me. Because of money issues we had to move her to public schools, so I think I'm not biased in saying that those 5 years at Desert Christian are the reason she became such a good student. What seems horribly repetitive in math in fact has made her top notch in her math facts. She reads everything and excels in all areas of English. I think the way they teach writing, the Denilion method , is the best. I love it and use it myself. Not all Christian schools are created equal! If your kids are starting school, this is the Christian school to go to. Thank You DC, from the White family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

Our children have been attending Desert Christian since 3 year old pre school. Overall , on an academic level, I feel it is excellent as long as parents are willing to support their child at home and make sure the child is doing their part. The administration can be very patronizing, but in the end does make the best decisions they can. Our children are reading above their grade level and are advanced in their math abilities. The teachers will go the extra mile, especially if the parent shows interest and involvement in their childs education, and if you've done your due dilligence picking a good teacher. The only area of improvement would be to have a much stricter discipline program for children who do cause problems and are hurtful to other children, not just pray for the answer to be solved, but have action and discipline as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2009

I went to Desert Christian from the age of 3 to 18 and could not have felt more at home. Of course I hated how political some of the teachers were and how if students had a certain last name or their parents made a certain amount of money they could do whatever they wanted, but overall, the school treated me well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2009

My son is at DCMS. It is our first year with DCMS and my husband and I are greatly dissapointed. I had hear such rave reviews and our experience has not been one to rave about. My son has been picked on and influenced in an ungodly fashion. His work ethic and attitude have changed alot since atending DCMS. (Not for the better) We are more than half way through the school year and he is still having 3-4 hours of homework everynight. I'm sure this is a great school if your child has been there since Kindergarten. My son does not seem to fit in with the long-time attenders. Needless to say we are serching and praying about finding another school for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

My daughter and her life long friend both attended Desert Christian Schools for their education. Both went to Point Loma University and achieved Summa Cum Laude Diplomas. Third and seventh in the graduating class top 10. We were rewarded a Teacher and a Berkeley Lawyer. They were able to compete on an International level and come out on top due to DCHS. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

My experience with the high school has been that if you want a safe place for you kids to go to school this is it. But, if you are looking for a good education than this is not the place. Many of the teachers have little teaching experience I can honestly say that our daughters test scores were lower each year she was on campus and she achieved above average grades in her classes and was in honor and AP classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

This school is exellent. My children have attended the elementary, middle and high schools over the last few years. I've read a couple of the negative reviews and am very surprised. First of all, I know the school isn't all about making money, it's about ministry. It is a christian school and I see the primary goal is to provide a christian education. Yeah, it takes money to do this which is why fundraisers are important. Some parents have had some negative things to say about teachers, I guess that's inevetible. Some personalities will clash, and some parents just don't want to hear that their children aren't so perfect, so they put the blame elsewhere. As for the parent with the 4 year, I'm curious if she spoke to anyone else at the school about it. I'm sure that the director of the preschool would like to know about her experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

My daughter absolutly loves this school. She is enrolled in the preschool and has done so well the couple years she has been there. She loves her teachers & her classmates!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

I am so disappointed in this school. My daughter has attended since the 1st grade and she is now getting ready to graduate the 4th grade. The teachers are horrible, the school only cares about money and fundraiser's..not the children. My daughter will no longer attend this school. Loved the school for the first 2 years, but things have changed, not to mention the teachers...very rude and uncooperative with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 26%
Hispanic 13% 52%
Black 10% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 53% (2011)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 39% (2011)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2011)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of California
California State University
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Cecil Swetland
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Gymnastics
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lego Club
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$1000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of California
California State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
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Students' post-graduation plans in 2011
2 year college - 53%
4 year college - 39%
Military - 1%
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44662 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
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Phone: (661) 948-5071

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