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Desert Junior-Senior High School

Edwards, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades 7-12
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  • Enrollment: 502


Desert Junior-Senior High School
1575 Payne Avenue
Edwards, CA 93523
(661) 258-4411
Desert Junior-Senior High School is located in Edwards, CA and serves grades 7-12.It received a GreatSchool rating of 7 out of 10
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Reviews16 Reviews

My children now attend the junior high and have had a great first year. The current leadership communicates with parents via phone or email quickly about anything that arises on campus. The school is a lot safer and more academically challenging than other schools in the nearby area and my children have had no issues with bullying. If you work on base (even with no military affiliation) you are eligible to send your children to Desert (all you have to do is show proof of working on base) which is very convenient for being able to still attend school functions when the base is so far away from surrounding cities. Between the Honors and AP courses and the fact that students are able to attend college courses through the school's partnership with Cerro Coso Commnity College and get both high school and college credit, there is no reason a student should go unchallenged. There aren't as many after school clubs or activities as we've had at previous schools because the school is small, but if there is something available that your kids are interested in trying, they are almost guaranteed to get a spot on the team, activity, or club which might not be possible at a larger school.
I am an alumnus of Desert High class of 2003. While I agree that there is a severe lack of activities outside of class, it must be acknowledged that the number of students is low. My year was only a graduating class of 89. At the time, the student body was somewhere around 350. I can appreciate the difficultly of having mutltiple organizations outside of sports with enough interest. I thought that the teachers genuinely cared and the environment was safe and inviting. However, I think that there is an opportunity for the teachers to push students harder. I generally felt under-stimulated and bored because classes were too simple. Being challenged should always be present at an educational institution.
I am an alumni of this school. I attended Desert High School in 1968. It was one of the best high schools in California. Academics, social activities and sports. I pulled out my 1968 Year Book and remembered how lucky I was. I am heartbroken about some of the previous comments about Desert H.S. We were some of the best & brightest! John Manley Class of "69"
It seems like being a school on an Air Force base that also has NASA on it, the kids would have opportunities available to them that outside schools don't. I'm disappointed that this does not seem to be the case. Robotics, Lego, Rocket and similar clubs have been attempted but it seems like there's such a lack of student participation or drive, esp. in high school that they fizzle out. Branch finally has what appears to be a decent Robotics team and a budding garden. Great!! Maybe the high school can have similar opportunities. AP, IB, Honors classes, and ROP is slim pickings also and just this summer, at least 4 off-base schools had the opportunity to participate in a mini-test pilot training program which Desert was not. It does not seem like there's a whole lot this school has to offer. Not sure why that is. Academics is ok and there are some good, motivated teachers but a lot are retiring and it seems like we're in a period of a lot of new teachers still trying to get their routines down.
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