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UPDATED Kindergarten Admission Information for 2020/2021 Due to COVID 19

Dear New Kindergarten Families,

I hope and pray this finds you and your family well.  We are busier than ever here at Desert Christian Elementary School with completing our current school year through distance learning and also proceeding with preparations for the upcoming 2020/2021 school year.  As you might have guessed, we have had to change some of our admission procedures due to the stay at home orders given from our government officials.  

The first change is that your family interview will be conducted through Zoom online.  My assistant, Mrs. Melanie Acosta, will be contacting you soon to schedule a Zoom meeting beginning the first week of May.  I look forward to meeting you all!  Secondly, we will not be able to conduct student assessments remotely so the following parameters have been set in place.  If your child’s birthday falls in August, September, October, November, or December, they will automatically be placed in Transitional Kindergarten.  All other students will be accepted directly into Kindergarten.  If your child’s birthday falls in January-July (and they are not already 5) and you prefer Transitional Kindergarten, please let me know and we will grant you that request.

Even in these unprecedented times, our objective has not changed.  Our desire is to place each student where they are developmentally ready to succeed.  If by chance, when school begins in the fall, we share concerns about where your child has been placed, we will discuss and address them immediately.  Again, the goal is to place your student in a learning environment where they can grow and thrive! 

Thank you for choosing Desert Christian Elementary School for your child’s education.  I look forward to having you as part of the DCS family!  Thank you for your support and understanding as we walk through this new territory together. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


Mrs. Robin Kruzner                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Elementary Principal
Desert Christian Schools

Please See the Information Below About the Regular Assessment Process



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.



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.



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.



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.



8:15-8:30- Doors open and students begin morning work
8:30-8:45- Morning Business: Calendar, Pledges, Etc.
8:45-9:25- Bible/Reading/Language Arts
9:30-9:45- Snack/Recess
9:50-10:55- Reading/Language Arts/Read/Discuss story
11:00-11:55- Lunch/Recess
12:00-12:45- Math
12:45-1:10- Social Studies/Science
1:20-3:00- Rest/Snack/Recess/Enrichment
Pack and Parent Pick up



·Weekly Choir Class
·Weekly Library Class
·Weekly Physical Education
·Weekly Art
·Friday Chapel



·After School Clubs

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