Desert Sands Charter

44130 20th St. W.
Lancaster, CA 93535
Rating
3/
10
Bottom 50%
Desert Sands Charter serves 705 students in grades 9-12.
Desert Sands Charter placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 6-9% (which is lower than the California state average of 34%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 40-44% (which is lower than the California state average of 49%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is lower than the California state level of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 84% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Charter School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 705 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 84%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 15-19% (Btm 50% in CA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 6-9% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 40-44% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Desert Sands Charter ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

Desert Sands Charter's student population of 705 students has declined by 15% over five school years.
The teacher population of 40 teachers has grown by 8% over five school years.
School Type
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
705 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
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School Rankings

Desert Sands Charter is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 3,649 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Desert Sands Charter is 0.63, which is equal to the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#2911 out of 3649 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
6-9%
34%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
40-44%
49%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
21:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
n/a
12%
Hispanic
56%
56%
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Black
17%
5%
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White
16%
21%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
11%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.63
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Graduation Rate
15-19%
84%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
79%
51%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
7%
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Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
key club
Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

School Notes

Independent Study / Personalized Learning
  • Grades 9-12
  • Age 16-19
  • Free Tutoring
  • Flexible Weekly Appointments
  • One-on-One Teacher Mentoring

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Desert Sands Charter's ranking?
Desert Sands Charter is ranked #2911 out of 3,649 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in California.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
6-9% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 34% CA state average), while 40-44% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 49% CA state average).
What is the graduation rate of Desert Sands Charter?
The graduation rate of Desert Sands Charter is 15-19%, which is lower than the California state average of 84%.
How many students attend Desert Sands Charter?
705 students attend Desert Sands Charter.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
56% of Desert Sands Charter students are Hispanic, 17% of students are Black, 16% of students are White, and 11% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Desert Sands Charter?
Desert Sands Charter has a student ration of 18:1, which is lower than the California state average of 21:1.
What grades does Desert Sands Charter offer ?
Desert Sands Charter offers enrollment in grades 9-12
What school district is Desert Sands Charter part of?
Desert Sands Charter is part of Desert Sands Charter School District.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Charter School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 705 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 84%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 15-19% (Btm 50%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 6-9% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 40-44% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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