44130 20th St. W.
Lancaster, CA 93535
Rating
2/
10
Bottom 50%
Desert Sands Charter serves 801 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 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is ≤5% (which is lower than the California state average of 40%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 40-44% (which is lower than the California state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the California state level of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 82% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2023)

  • School Type: Charter School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 801 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 21:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 82%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 10-14% (Btm 50% in CA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : ≤5% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 40-44% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

School Overview

Desert Sands Charter's student population of 801 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 39 teachers has grown by 5% over five school years.
School Type
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
801 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
39 teachers
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School Rankings

Desert Sands Charter is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 9,659 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Desert Sands Charter is 0.61, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#7739 out of 9659 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
≤5%
40%
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
40-44%
51%
Student : Teacher Ratio
21:1
22:1
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American Indian
1%
n/a
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Asian
n/a
12%
Hispanic
57%
56%
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Black
18%
5%
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White
18%
22%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
6%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.61
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Graduation Rate
10-14%
84%
Eligible for Free Lunch
72%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
6%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Desert Sands Charter and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in California by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
key club
Source: 2020-2021 (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 percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

≤5% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 40% CA state average), while 40-44% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 51% CA state average).

What is the graduation rate of Desert Sands Charter?

The graduation rate of Desert Sands Charter is 10-14%, which is lower than the California state average of 84%.

How many students attend Desert Sands Charter?

801 students attend Desert Sands Charter.

What is the racial composition of the student body?

57% of Desert Sands Charter students are Hispanic, 18% of students are Black, 18% of students are White, 6% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are American Indian.

What is the student:teacher ratio of Desert Sands Charter?

Desert Sands Charter has a student ration of 21:1, which is lower than the California state average of 22:1.

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 (2023)

  • School Type: Charter School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 801 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 21:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 82%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 10-14% (Btm 50%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : ≤5% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 40-44% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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