Students enrolled 1057
Hours no info
School leader Mr. Cecil Swetland
Transportation options Yes
Type Religious
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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44662 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

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(661) 948-5071
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4 stars
Based on 42 ratings

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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
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
September 08, 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
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!

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
no rating 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
June 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating March 05, 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
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
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
September 02, 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
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
May 08, 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
no rating March 14, 2008
After hearing rave reviews about this school I decided to enroll my 4 year old daughter for summer preschool and 1 day of fall semester. During that time she got kicked, hit and even spat at. I asked the teacher about it and she said that the children, on each occasion, were put into time outs. I asked if they apologized because my daughter was really distraught about it. She said they don't make them apologize if the children weren't remorseful. I almost laughed! Are you serious four years having such control over their emotions! I told her that they should have spoken to me and the childs parents as well as explained the importance of not hitting and apologizing. The curriculum seemed to be watered down and my daughter was not challenged. Needless to say, my daughter is no longer there.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
My child attended preschool here and it was wonderful until he entered Kindergarten then it all went down hill. The teachers are awful, and the discipline is horrible. Every day my son comes home crying for 'doing something he supposedly did' the teachers dont listen to the kids they just believe what they want to. My son will not be attending this school anymore.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
O my Gosh. This school rocks! I love it. the other people aren't bad like the other schools arount here. There aren't realy cliques, like other schools, either. This school is best if you don't want you kids harrassed or beat-up.

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2008
We have attended DCS for three years. Our middle child had some difficulities coming from a public school, she was behind in reading. The second grade teacher caught on right away and asked for a parent meeting. As a team we put a plan together. My child in fourth grade is now reading at a 5th grade level and loves reading. We have had similar experiences with other teachers at DCS, in our opinion they go an extra mile for the kids and care about the children's success. Teachers will stay in at lunch and after school just to help a child learn the new math concept or what ever is needed. There are much more to say, but the positives far out way the negatives. And the after school sports and activities programs are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 16, 2007
This is the best school in the area. They have strict rules which I like. My children have been at Desert Christian since preschool and they are now in third and fourth grade. Thanks to the teachers there, their reading level are at sixth and seventh grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
As a Staff Member and a parent of a student at DCMS. I recommend this school to everybody. We as a staff pray for our kids daily, we encourage them in a positive way. Help them through tough times they face in this 'middle' time in their lives. We have an open door policy for them to come in to the office to talk to us,hang out with us or voice their concerns. Our teachers go up and above the call of duty for our kids to help them in their classed. They stay in their classrooms during lunch to help them,and after school. We do have a no tolerance policy for bad behavior, they will face a Consequence for the bad choices they make. But on the same hand they are rewarded for good behavior as well. DCS has been a true blessing for my Son,

- submitted by a staff
April 16, 2007
This school has high standards for its students, which is wonderful. The downfall is, if your child is transferring from a public school, with low standards, it is difficult and frustrating for them to try and catch up. My child's teacher is not parent friendly, non-communicative, and has battled us on every concern. It seems to me if a child is falling behind, a concerned teacher would team up with the parent to develop a plan to help the child move forward. Instead,from my own personal experience, the child is ignored and allowed to get further and further behind. All communication with the teacher has been fruitless. This is sad because this was our first years experience with this school and will be most likely be our last. First impressions say a lot! Beside that, they have awesome and never-ending after-school activities. Hats off to the after-school activity director. :)

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
May 31, 2006
Our son is enrolled in this school and we cannot say enough about the outstanding teachers. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
I am very happy with the school. The staff is organized. However I am disappointed at the class size and the fact that the kids have fundraiser it seems every week.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2005
The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best. A personal relationship with Christ is stressed. I felt my child learned quickly with the methods taught and was in a caring environment. After school activities were fun and challenging. Good music program.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
A great quality christian education. Teachers are very open and provides helpful feedback for each student.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2005
Good School! Great Christian Values!

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2005
I can say from experience, that the excellent education my daughter received at Desert Christian, having gone there from preschool through high school, has helped her tremendously in college. She was definitely prepared for college and life in the real world. Thank you DCS!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 19, 2005
Our children have been positively impacted by the faculty and administrators at DCS. We have found the spiritual emphasis to be enriching and supportive of what we teach in our home. The academic instruction has been excellent and prepared our children for college. It is a large Christian school that offers athletics, arts, clubs, and a myriad of extracurricular activities in a warm and caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
Both of my children have grown up with Desert Christian. I have felt that as a whole they have gotten an excellent education, one that they wouldn't have received if they had attended the public school by our home. I have been very pleased with the academics, atmosphere, safety and staff of DCS.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
I think my children received a great education from DCS.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
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November 16, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 05, 2004
I enjoy the positive environment at DCS. My son feels safe and happy. The administrators are awesome and discipline is appropriate and even-handed school-wide. The curriculum could be more challenging and hands-on. I would like to see more inquire based learning and individualized instruction. A lot of the instruction seems scripted and not geared to the needs of the children. However, something must be working. Kudos, DCS! A few small changes and they are so there. A model school, indeed.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2004
My daughter attends the middle school program, and I may as well be a walking advertisement for this school! It is wonderful, what an awsome enviroment for learning as well as growing into strong leaders. We just love this school.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2003
I have a daughter who has attended the high school since 10th grade. She enjoys it. The teachers are very good and have a quality education, clear goals, and are focused on each child. The school communicates via letter monthly, and if there is any problem, the parents are notified or the parents can call, email, or talk to administrators or teachers without fear of reprisal. I now have my 4th grader in their elementary program -- a wonderful change from the snappy public administrators and teachers she had in the public school system. The price is high, but much less than a bad education otherwise! I recommend this school highly.

- submitted by a parent
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Desert Christian Schools
44662 15th Street West, Lancaster, CA  93534
(661) 948-5071
Last modified Desert Christian Schools is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Desert Christian Schools Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews.