Desert Christian Schools (California)

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Desert Christian Schools
Desert Christian Schools Logo.gif
44662 15th Street West
Lancaster, California 93534
United States
Denomination Non-Denominational
Established 1977
Director Cecil Swetland
Grades Preschool12th
Gender Coeducational
Average class size 30
Color(s) Blue, Black, and White             
Slogan Providing a God-Centered Christian Education
Mascot Knights
Team name Knights
Newspaper Preschool–Tree Tales
Middle–Midknight News
Home School–Lamppost
Aerial photo of the main campus.

Desert Christian Schools, or DCS, is a private Christian school in Lancaster, California. DCS shares their property with Grace Chapel. DCS uses RenWeb as their school management system.


A group of leaders of the First Baptist Church in Lancaster, California led by George and Sharon Runner broke ground on a new school in 1976. The Family Learning Center opened its doors in 1977. Its first year included preschool classrooms, one kindergarten class, and after school care. The Learning Village Grade School opened in 1979 with the addition of first and second grades. By 1984, the school had expanded to include preschool, elementary and middle school, and by 1988, the infrastructure was complete with the addition of high school classes and an enrollment of 1300 students. It was at this time the name was changed to Desert Christian Schools, a name that more succinctly described the role of the schools as a Christian education institution in the Antelope Valley.

The school is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Desert Christian Elementary School and Middle school are located on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) site on 15th Street West. Desert Christian High School is located at the corner of 25th Street West and J-8, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the main campus.

Elementary school[edit]

Desert Christian Elementary School, or DCES, is Desert Christian's elementary school which is located on the main campus. The principal of DCES is Lisa Horner.[1]

Middle school[edit]

Desert Christian Middle School, or DCMS, is Desert Christian's middle school which is located on the main campus. The principal of DCMS is Lisa Costello.[2]

High school[edit]

Desert Christian High School, or DCHS, is Desert Christian's high school. DCHS was opened in 1988.[3] DCHS is located on a separate campus from DCES and DCMS. The DCHS campus is in the former YMCA of Lancaster. The principal of DCHS is Brian Rosebourough.[4]


  1. ^ "Meet our staff! Lisa Horner". Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Meet our staff! Brian Roseborough". Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Our History". Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Meet Our Staff! Devin Thomas". Retrieved 20 May 2010.

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