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Desert Sands Charter School

Preschool | Grades 9-12 | Antelope Valley Union High
3030 East Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 272-0044

About This School

Desert Sands Charter School is located in Palmdale, CA and is one of 15 high schools in Antelope Valley Union High School District. It is a charter school that serves 2205 students in grades 9-12.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Desert Sands Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.

A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Desert Sands Charter School had an API growth score of 562 in 2011. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Desert Sands Charter School's 2011 base score was 574 and the school did not meet its 2011 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Desert Sands Charter School had 32 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

52% 48%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


District Spending (2010)

per student
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All Grades Algebra I Performance

CST Results
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Desert Sands Charter School Reviews

By a Current Student on

Desert Sands has changed my life. It made me realize that school is important. The teachers here are great and always answer my questions.

By a Current Student on

It's a great school if you're trying to graduate early, I love it! :)

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