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Each child applying for the DCS Kindergarten program must be five years old by December 2 to be considered for kindergarten. Kindergarten assessments will be given to students whose birthdate falls between June and December in order to determine the best academic placement for each student. 

Students with birthdates January through May will automatically be placed into a Kindergarten classroom, unless otherwise determined in meeting with the principal.  The kindergarten assessment/family interview will be scheduled between March and July.


Traditional Kindergarten

Transitional kindergarten is designed for students who may not be socially, emotionally, and/ or academically ready for entry into traditional kindergarten, although they are age eligible.

This program gives children the “gift of time” to build the necessary social and academic skills for success throughout their school experience. Transitional kindergarten is based on the California Kindergarten Standards, including focused instruction in literacy and numeracy, and a strong emphasis on self-regulation and social engagement.


The Mission

Desert Christian Schools exist to glorify Jesus Christ in all that we do by educating with excellence the whole student; spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically.


Core Academic Curriculum Focus

At DCS our kindergarten program is designed to be a sequential, and continuous educational experience that lays the foundation for a successful K-12 education.


Life In A DCS Kindergarten Class:

8:15-8:30- Doors open and students begin morning work
8:30-8:45- Morning Business: Calender, Pledges, Etc.
8:45-9:40- Bible/Reading/Language Arts
9:45-10:15- Snack/Recess
10:20-11:30- Reading/Lauguage Arts/Read/Discuss story
11:35-12:25- Lunch/Recess
12:25-12:45- Math
12:45-1:10- Social Studies/Science
1:20- Early Bird Pick-up
1:20-3:00- Late Bird Rest/Snack/Recess/Enrichment
Pack and parent pick up


Enrichment (Pull-Outs)

·Weekly music and choir classes
·Weekly Library class
·Weekly physical education and health class
·Weekly art
·Friday Chapel


Extracurricular Opportunities

·After School clubs


Regular Kindergarten or Extended Kindergarten

We have strategically designed each of our kindergarten classrooms with both a regular-day, and extended-day option. We concentrate our core teaching time during the morning, so every student is prepared for first grade. Our regular-day students are dismissed at 1:20 p.m. Our extended-day students continue with a rest time, additional enrichment activities, and social development. Our extended-day students are dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

Call us today at (661) 948-5071 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!