Desert Christian Schools is a Preschool-Grade 12 covenant school system in Tucson that aims to “disciple students in partnership with Christian families while providing a biblically integrated liberal arts education.”
The Preschool shares property with the Elementary and Middle School campus in East Tucson at 9415 E. Wrightstown Road. Originally a horse property, the campus features magnificent mountain views and peaceful surroundings.
The Preschool, which officially opened in August of 2012, is brand new, pristine, and welcoming for small children. The classrooms feature bright colors, puppets, play kitchens, story time nooks, easels and art supplies, and kid-sized furniture. Even the toilets in the bathroom are miniature!
The curriculum is Biblically integrated and play-based, featuring an assortment of interactive learning activities. Staff members are Christians who meet or exceed the ADHS teacher qualifications.
Parents can choose to enroll their (potty-trained) 3-5-year-old for 2 days a week, 3 days a week, or 5 days a week.
Enrollment is ongoing and applications are currently being accepted. Note that the preschool is not in session in June and July.
Desert Christian Preschool AT A GLANCE
Location: 9415 E. Wrightstown Rd, Tucson
Number of students: 23 children enrolled in 4-5 year old class; 16 enrolled in 3-4 year old class; 5 enrolled in Parent/Toddler class
Student/Teacher ratio: Child/teacher ratio for 3-4 year old class is 1:10, however once a class has more than ten children, an aide is added to the class which brings the ratio down to 1:8 or less with a maximum of 15 children in the room. Child/teacher ratio for the 4-5 year old class is 1:11.
- CHRIST-CENTERED – DCS recognizes Jesus Christ as the author, revealer, and sustainer of reality.
- BIBLICALLY INTEGRATED, DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY BASED CURRICULUM
- PARTNERS WITH PARENTS – DCS strives to “aid parents in their God-given responsibility to train their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
- CHRISTIAN STAFF WHO MEET OR EXCEED ADHS TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS
Tuition: Tuition rates are as follows –
- 2 days a week: $180/month
- 3 days a week: $255/month
- 5 days a week: $375/month
- Parent/Toddler Class: $50-70/month (meets once a week)
Bus service: No
Full Day or 1/2 Day: 8:00am-11:00am. Aftercare is available from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Foreign language: None.
School Hours: 8:00am-11:00am