DESERT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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40700 YUCCA LN
INDIO, CA 92203
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Phone: 760-345-2848
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 11:1
  • Students/Grade: 29.8
  • Number Students: 417
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Ms Debbee Scott
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (11 ratings)
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    School Reviews (10 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-10
    "Very impresed with the total package this school offers my son. 15 kids in his class. Art, Music, Swimming, Physical Education, Sports, Chapel, reading and math cmprehension far above his grade level. And a staff of teachers and administrators that are fully committed to each and every child's success. I began reviewing schoools the day my baby was born. I was determined he would have an education of value, where he would grow and be nurtured. Desert Christian Academy has by far exceeded any and all expectations I had."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-31
    "Terrific school for kindergarten and first grade because the curriculum emphasizes phonics based reading. Children become wonderful proficient readers. However, from second grade on, the curriculum (Abeka) is substandard in my opinion. The curriculum is presented as facts that the students are required to memorize. They are great at regurgitating facts but have very little understanding of concepts or the ideas behind the facts they are memorizing. This puts them at an extreme disadvantage if they want to pursue higher math, science or philosophy. The elemntary school does not participate in the Science Fair or Math Field Day as many of the other high performing public schools. They do not teach to the state science and history standards. Children do not learn about the Ice Age, Dinosaurs, Prehistoric man or the life cycles of plant and mammals. Individual thought, critical thinking and creativity are not encouraged. The teachers are not required to hold credentials in mulpile subjects as most elementary teachers in public schools. Many do not have college degrees in education.I was told by an administrator that 95% of their graduates pursue careers in ministry or teaching."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-12-07
    "The best attributes and the reason I stay is-its Christ centered and the classes are small. The Abeka curriculum has a heavy emphasis on phonics for reading which is great.However, the curriculum is very repetitive and lacks creativity. Young children are required to do mass amounts of seat work daily. There is no grouping based on ability or group problem solving. Math is learned by roat memorization. Math concepts are not emphasied or in some instances not taught at all. Be aware that they claim high test scores but in reality score lower than several of the more popular elementary schools within DSUSD. Most of the teachers are very caring.Theyoffer Spanish. However, they do not learn conversation or grammar. I have asked and not found one child that is fluent or can write in Spanish after 6 years which seems odd to me. They do not participate in the Science Fair. Science is not emphasized. They do memorize weekly Bible verses and attend chapel. The school is run by the founding family and the board of directors. The principal is a figure head not a decision maker. There is very little parent involvement in the school's parent organization - PFS."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-05-12
    "This school needs work on fair discipline practices. Some teachers clearly show a poor attitude toward less favored students."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-02-14
    "I have gone to this school since kindergarten and I absolutely love it! The teachers aree all very nice and friendly, but they don't let us(the students) get out of hand. They no when to settle us down. A two of the many reasons why I love this school: 1. Everyone acts like a family. All the staff, teachers, and students are so friendly and nice and they always want to make sure you are ok. They check on you and ask how your doing. They TRULY treat you like a family! I couldn't have asked for a better school. 2. Excellent academics. Everyone thinks that since we are a small school that we do not have good academics, well open your eyes! Our Worlds Quest BEAT LQ's IB program.Also if you do not understand something then a teacher will sit there and talk and explain it to you till you fully grasp"
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