Desert Sands Charter
A New Way of Learning
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Accredited by the Western Association
of Schools and Colleges
Desert Sands is certified by the California
Charter Schools Association (CCSA)
Reviewed and Approved by the California
Department of Education (CDE), the Advisory Commission
on Charter Schools (ACCS), and the California State
Board of Education (SBE) for meeting or exceeding state
mandated fiscal accountability requirements.
Increased API school-wide growth score in 2008-2009
by 52 points to 572
Ranks in top third of all ASAM schools in Los Angeles
Increased API school-wide growth score in 2007-2008
by 2 points to 502
Increased API school-wide growth score in 2006-2007
by 29 points
academic excellence by former State Senator Pete Knight
and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner
701 West Avenue K, Suite 126
Phone: 661-942-3357; Fax: 661-940-4427
Long Beach (310-486-0982)
Harbor City - COMING SOON
Jeff L. Brown, Chief Executive Officer
Dante R. Simi, President
Gloria Swift, Principal
• Specifically intended for those high school level
students who left school for any reason before graduating.
• Offers an Independent Study, Personalized
Learning format. Students study one class at a time
and work at their own speed.
• Allows students to make
up incomplete classes and to move toward graduation.
• Operates on a year-round schedule.
Students may begin at any time.
• Offers classes in
the morning, afternoon, and evening.
• Certified by
the Antelope Valley Union High School District as a
public charter school and operates at no cost to students.
• Authorized by the State of California
to give instruction and award diplomas.
located in Palmdale and Lancaster.
• All students may
be eligible for a scholarship.
• Located on established
city bus routes.
The mission of Desert Sands Charter High
School (DSCHS) is to engage students who are no longer
a part of the instructional plan offered by the traditional
high school. DSCHS will develop individualized "Personalized
Learning" study lesson plans which will enable
the student to be a successful part of the educational
community and to move toward graduation.
• Master basic skills
• Move toward mastery of technology
Develop interest in life-long learning
• Become a responsible,
contributing member of society
Our Schools Have the
feel of a friendly business office. Students will have
their own appointment every week with their teacher.
At this time lessons will be explained and assigned.
There will be time for questions and discussion.
take their assignments home and return for their next
appointment, ready to be evaluated on the work they
have done during the past week. Upon satisfactory completion,
credit is granted immediately.
Our Classes Consist
of core curriculum and electives. Students have their
transcripts evaluated and take assessment tests to
determine the appropriate level of instruction. The
order in which the instruction is offered is purposely
done to maximize learning.
Computers are available
for instruction and to assist students with other classes.
It is possible for individualized electives to be a
part of each student's educational plan. Some group
classes are offered as the need and interest for them
Our Teachers Have the same credentials
as other public school teachers. They enjoy the small
classes, usually 1 to 3 students at a time. They specialize
in providing encouragement and individualized instruction.
Our Students Enroll at Desert Sands for
a great variety of reasons. Most had left (traditional
public) school before graduation and now again enjoy
and appreciate having a new opportunity to move toward
that goal. Others have found the personalized instruction
and flexible time requirement suit their needs better
than a traditional school.
Our student's ages range
from 13 to 60. Some students come to us to make up
classes and then return to traditional campuses. Others
only need a few classes to graduate. It is Desert Sands'
ability to accommodate each individual's need that
attracts many to our school's Personalized Learning
Very ambitious students may take more
than one class at a time with their teacher's permission.
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