We understand that in these challenging times every family is making new decisions regarding their child's education. To address this, Desert Learning Academy has created an even more flexible schedule of instructional choices for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students may choose to complete all lessons online at home or they may choose to engage in a selection of Zoom classes and/or small group instruction on campus. Our Edgenuity learning platform provides a high quality digital experience. This is NOT Google Classroom distance learning...this is a family friendly, any time-anywhere, rigorous learning option within Palm Springs Unified School District. Desert Learning Academy strives to help families and students build a strong foundation for success through high school, college and beyond.
Our mission is to create a high quality program that sets itself apart from all others in the following ways:
1. High Expectations-Academic support is our priority. Home schooling is a big step for the entire family. We have created a program that provides support for the parents as well as the child. Parent/guardian support appointments are available throughout the week so that child, parent/guardian and teacher can work together as a team to provide the best possible opportunities for success. The online content is blended with in-class, direct instruction from highly qualified teachers. The courses engage students through media-rich instruction, interactive labs, and online content. 2. Goal Setting-Working independently can be a challenge for middle school students. Each child is paired with a Lead Teacher to motivate and guide them. This teacher helps them set daily, weekly and long term goals.
3. Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child-Students can eat lunch with their peers, participate in cooperative group activities, conduct hands-on Science experiments, go on field trips, and be a part of Art, PE and Leadership classes. A need for flexibility is why many families seek home schooling. We provide several program support options to meet the specific needs of each child. Teachers work with parent/guardians to determine what is the best instructional model.
4. Community-We work hard to provide a place where students feel wanted, safe and a part of something great. Students get opportunities to create healthy peer relationships in a fun environment. Once COVID restrictions are lifted students will be able to eat lunch with their peers, participate in cooperative group activities, conduct hands-on Science experiments, go on field trips, and be a part of Art, PE and Leadership classes. Parents and teachers work closely to create a team that supports each student.