Desert Sands Charter High School opened in 2001 for students that are at risk from graduating high school or have quit to return and earn their high school diploma. The school offers students between the ages of 14 and 19 the opportunity for independent study as well as a credit retrieval program, and free tutoring. The school operates year round with class options including morning, afternoon, and night classes. Students work on one or two courses at a time instead of doing several in an entire day. The environment allows students to work at their own pace.
The only sport offered is crew; no other extra curricular activities or student clubs are available at this time.
The opinion of parents are mixed with some stating the school is excellent and is helping their children succeed, while others expressed the curriculum is only geared at a obtaining a high school diploma and does not prepare students for college or employment. On the other hand, most stated the school is very good for students that require special education. Students expressed they really like the school that allows them to have a job and attend school at the same time. The only downside as reported by students was the lack of extra curricular activities.
The Academic Performance Index report was not available at the time of this writing.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams at Desert Sands Charter High School was below average across the board.
The California High School Exit Exam is given to students in 10th grade to ensure they will be ready to graduate from high school. The percentage of students passing the English Language Arts exam was 56% with the state average at 83% and in math 40% passed with the state average at 84%.
The school is providing a quality education that will aid students in obtaining their high school. It would still be in your best interest to visit the school prior to enrolling your child.
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Desert Sands Charter High School
3030 East Palmdale Boulevard Suite G
Palmdale, CA 93550