Desert Heights Charter School (“DHCS”) is a small K-4 charter elementary school which also has a preschool program. Our leadership and staff believe strongly in working collaboratively with parents to promote a positive educational experience for each and every child. Consequently, Desert Heights has become known in the educational community as a school that “feels like family”.
One of our many assets as a small charter school is our ability to create an environment that is safe, community oriented, and family friendly. We are always hosting special events to acknowledge our families and we highly encourage parent participation in a variety of ways including asking parents to volunteer within the community. Our campus is always open to parents and this inviting atmosphere continues on at our Preparatory Campus (DHPA) for 5th through 12th grade students.
Desert Heights Preparatory Academy (“DHPA”) fosters college and career readiness with equal focus on Academic Excellence, Integrity of Character, and Social Awareness. We build college resumes with competitive athletic programs, fine arts opportunities and clubs such as Honors Societies and Student Council. Accredited by AdvancED, we backwards map our curriculum with a focus on readiness for Honors, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment coursework. Homework is also minimal due to the project-based instructional opportunities.
All Desert Heights students are equipped with a school issued Office 365 account to access email and Microsoft Office applications since technology is integrated into all curriculum units to prepare students for college and career expectations. Additionally, our program has iPads starting out on our K-4 campus in technology courses, transitioning into our 5th and 6th grade and classroom sets for 7th and 8th grade students. In the High School program we have 1:1 implementation for all students. iPads are used to access coursework along with email and other collaborative productivity tools like iWorks. We believe immersing students in technology not only assists them in the preparation for college, but also provides students with the hands on experience that benefits them once they enter the workplace.