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Welcome to Desert Christian Schools!

Please read through this entire page before beginning the online application process.


Founded in 1986, Desert Christian Schools (DCS) is an independent, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian covenant school system, where all admissible students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin are offered all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available at DCS. In partnership (covenant) with Christian families, DCS is committed to providing an educational experience, centered on the foundation of a Biblical Christian Worldview. At DCS, it is our mission to pursue excellence in Christian education, foster Christ-Centered relationships, and endeavor to meet the unique learning needs of every student.

Effective August 1, 2020 - All campus visitors will need to check in at the appropriate school office and will be asked to wear a face mask during their tour and/or time on campus (In accordance with the DCS COVID-19 F.A.Q. Document)  

Admissions Criteria:

  1. One parent/guardian must be a practicing believer in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  2. Active church attendance/participation is expected of all admissible students and their families.  

The DCS Admissions Process is designed to determine if an academic, social, and spiritual partnership (covenant) can be created and maintained with every applicant and their family. Applicants and their family are required to review the DCS Articles of Faith before applying as a way to confirm the covenantal expectations that will be upheld and biblical teaching that will take place on campus. 

Admissions Process:

  1. Online Application
  2. Church Life Referral Form (all applicants - completed during the application process) 
  3. Academic Referral Form (1st - 12th grade applicants - completed during the application process)
  4. Admissions Interview - Conducted by a Member of the DCS Admissions Committee 


Please Note: A formal academic assessment may be requested as part of the admissions process. School Administration may also request an additional conversation at any point during the admissions process.


Please Note: Students who currently have OR had in the past two years a documented Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.), Behavior Intervention Plan (B.I.P.), Learning Accommodation, and/or a 504 Plan are encouraged to connect with the DCS Skills Center Team before moving forward with the admissions process. Please call the DCS Admissions Office to complete this step: 520-901-5499. 


2020-2021 Classroom Waitlists:

Families who are interested in the following grade levels are encouraged to continue with the DCS Admissions Process. Admissible candidates who complete the entire admissions process will be offered enrollment in the order that their application process was completed, pending space becomes available for the grade level in which they applied. 

  • 3rd Grade
  • 5th Grade

When to Apply

DCS begins the annual admissions process each January by hosting admissions events that highlight important information regarding DCS, as well as opening our online applications. 

Applicants who are admissible will be mailed an acceptance letter regarding admissions to DCS once all admissions requirements are complete and the DCS Admissions Committee has met and determined an admissions decision.  Applicants who are admissible will be required to return the DCS tuition contract and 1/2 of first month's tuition (which is non-refundable) to complete the enrollment process. Applicants who are accepted after the second week in July, or anytime throughout the academic year, will be required to return the DCS tuition contract and a full month's tuition (which is non-refundable).

All items must be received in the school office by the deadline indicated in the letter to complete the acceptance process. A non-refundable fee of $50 must be submitted with each application. 


Start Your Application!

To begin the online application process, please click on the "Create an Account" link, located at the top of this page. Creating your account will allow you to access your online application and track your admissions status. 


I want to thank you for your time and interest in DCS. If you have any questions about the admissions process, please be sure to let me know. On behalf of everyone at DCS, we look forward to partnering with you and your family. GO EAGLES! 


In Him,


Admissions Office

7525 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ  85710


Recognizing that all people are the special creations of God, having been made in His image, Desert Christian Schools welcomes students of all races, color, and national or ethnic origins and affords them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students at Desert Christian Schools.  Educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, as well as athletic and other school-administered programs, simi­larly do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.