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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Sports
    B
Address
7525 E Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710
Telephone
(520) 901-5499

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$11,675
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
75%
Average Financial Aid
$3,860
From Desert Christian Schools

Since Desert Christian Schools (DCS) beginning in 1986, DCS has been committed to providing a solid spiritual and educational foundation for every student. DCS is an independent, inter-denominational, Christian covenant school that provides a rigorous traditional liberal arts education taught from a biblical worldview. In partnership with Christian families, DCS is committed to providing an educational experience, centered on the foundation of a Biblical Christian Worldview. At DCS, it is our mission to:

1. Pursue excellence in Christian education
2. Foster Christ-Centered relationships
3. Endeavor to meet the unique learning needs of every student

Internationally recognized and accredited, DCS admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to students at the school. DCS strives to provide a solid spiritual and educational foundation to all children from preschool through 12th grade.

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1150
22 responses
Average ACT
27
7 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    27%
  • The Winter Dance
    20%
  • Grandparent Day Speech Meet Desert Dash
    13%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    13%
  • "Blue out" basket ball games
    7%
  • Lockdowns
    7%

    Students

    Diversity
    B
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    421
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
    88%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
    88%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    3
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
      Yes
    • Offers Part Week
      Yes
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      Yes

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    75%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    B-
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    60%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
    70%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
    70%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
    Living in the Area
    B+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      B-
    2. Good for Families
      B
    3. Housing
      C+
    Area Feel
    Urban Suburban Mix
    Median Household Income
    $39,617
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $801
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $137,600
    National
    $184,700

    Desert Christian Schools Reviews

    86 reviews
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    Can't say enough about the kindness and genuine love and care the teachers and adminstration on Desert's PS-8 Wrightstown campus gives to the students. They take the school mission statement seriously and purposely continue to grow an already excellent academic program.

    Losing Mr. Smith as K8 Principal this past year was heartbreaking, but with Mr. Jansen replacing him we know that strong relational Godly leadership will continue. As for Mrs. Alday, the Preschool Director, she is a Rock Star! Exceptional preschool program!

    We would love to see additional clubs and after school activities available to the students and improvement on healthy lunch options.

    We are struggling with the Headmaster not attending any sports events. A school is all about relationships and knowing and trusting the leadership, which he strongly promotes, but does not follow through on. We do hope to see improvement in him personally supporting the students in all areas.
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    Our kids have been attending Desert Christian Schools for years. We love it here! The class sizes are small which helps make for a better classroom experience. The facilities are top-notch and administration continues to explore ways to make the school experience special for the students and their families. For both practical and relational reasons, the school requires parents/grandparents to commit to volunteer hours; it's a win-win! One of the newest improvements to DCS is a small farm area with chickens, goats and rabbits -- great way to instill responsibility! Overall, DCS's mission is to
    develop character and integrity of each student. Several fieldtrips (especially in the middle school) involve serving in the community. Parents/Grandparents, we highly recommend DCS to families who are looking for a positive student learning environment on a beautiful campus setting.
    Overall a great school. My children watched faith in action from their teachers and coaches. The parents are actively involved with supporting the mission of the school, to impact our world for Christ and to teach students to think, reason, and become the next generation of problem solvers. I love Desert Christian Schools from preschool up to seniors in high school. All of my children have been well prepared for college and made life long friendships with peers who encourage them in their faith! God continue to bless this school and all who walk through its gates.