1 DESERT CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL NEW STUDENT APPLICATIONS CALENDAR January 14, 2014 January 15, 2014 February 10, 2014 March 30, 2014 Admissions Information Night Grades 9-12 Begin online Application Go to Admissions, High School, click link on introduction page to be connected to the official Application. Application must be submitted before DCHS can create a prospective student file Student & Family Interviews Begin (Once all paperwork is complete an interview will be scheduled) Letters of Acceptance will be sent out within 2 weeks of interview Deadline for IBE General Fund & Corporate Scholarship applications. Please check website: FREQUENTLY ASKED ADMISSION QUESTIONS 1. What can we expect to pay in terms of tuition and fees? a. $50.00 Application Fee (required when application is submitted) b. Tentative Proposed tuition increase of not more than 5% from tuition which was $8,990 (this includes registration fees) payable over 10 months (August - May) c. Registration Fees - 1/2 of first month's tuition (non-refundable) - due within 14 days of acceptance letter d. Sports per sport e Drama performance (Only those that participate) f. Senior trip , ski trip , Marine Biology trip g. Yearbook charge Do we need to attend a particular church? a. Not a specific church but one or both parents are expected to be regular attendees at a bible believing church and adhere to our statement of faith (see document in packet), support our mission and partner with the DCS community. 3. School enrollment? Class sizes? High School approximately students. Approximate class size is max students. 4. School Hours? School begins at 8:15 am and ends at 3:00 pm. We function on a block schedule with 90 minute classes. Wednesday s are typically Chapel Days with 45 min class sessions for periods Is financial assistance available? IBE, (designated, undesignated) Corporate (pubic school transfer) DCHS scholarship (needs based). Can get more details on our website: 6. How can my student visit the school? Call the office, set up a tour or ½ day shadowing visit on a chapel day (Wednesday). We will try to pair them up with a known student on campus if possible.
2 Desert Christian Schools Safe but not safe Each generation of Christians chooses one of three responses to the surrounding culture.* ATTITUDE Offended Enamored Distressed ACTION Withdraw Assimilate Engage Desert Christian believes that the Scriptures both teach (Matthew 10:16, John 17:5-7, I Peter 3:15) and model (Matthew 9:36, Acts 17:16-31) that distress and engagement (in courageous dependence on God) is the Christian s dutiful and loving response to the world. Consistent with such belief Desert Christian desires that its students not flee from the world, but be prepared to be in the world, but not of the world. In helping prepare its students to lovingly engage the world, Desert Christian emphasizes: 1. Interpreting and responding to life from a biblical worldview 2. Understanding competing worldviews prevalent in culture 3. Defending the biblical Christian worldview as truth 4. Equipping students with knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to Confront their world with Consecration, Competence, Character, and Caring While Desert Christian desires that its students be safe to pursue learning without unnecessary distractions, it by no means sees itself as a monastic hideaway. Therefore Desert Christian utilizes grade-appropriate curriculum, which the school believes prepares students to understand and engage their world. Desert Christian sees its role as an extension of the parents with whom it partners, to train and equip students.in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4), with the desire that they be prepared to stand alone as adults, truly making a difference. * as described in a lecture by Dr. William Brown, President, Cedarville College
3 Desert Christian High School Curriculum Map ( ) Graduation Credit Requirements 26 Total Credits needed: Core Credits (in Bold) students must pass to get a diploma. Department Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior BIBLE Old Testament New Testament Christian Christian (All 4 years) Perspectives Living LANGUAGE ARTS English I English II English III English IV (All 4 years) Honors I Honors English II AP English III AP English IV Public Speaking FOREIGN LANGUAGE Spanish I *Spanish II Spanish III Spanish IV (2 years of or French I *French II same language) or German I *German II ESL I *ESL II SOCIAL STUDIES Western Civilization I Western Civilization II U.S. History U.S. Government/ (All 4 years) Economics SCIENCE Environmental Sci. Biology Chemistry *Physics (At least 3 years) Biology Chemistry Adv. Biology Adv. Chemistry MATHEMATICS Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Math Theory/App. (All 4 years) Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus Calculus Adv. Calculus PHYSICAL EDUC. Health/P.E. (0.5 credit each taken Fresh or Soph. year) (At least 1 year) Weight Training Interscholastic Sports (0.25 credit per each sport participated in up to 1.0 total credit) FINE ARTS (At least 1 year) SENIOR EXPO 1.0 credit required (Art, Handbells, Drama, Ensemble, Musical Theatre - note that some other courses conditionally meet the Fine Arts requirements and additional Fine Arts courses may be taken as electives)..25 credit Required for participation in Commencement ceremony. *NOTE the following prerequisites. (Students may advance with lower grades under extenuating circumstances.) Foreign Language "C" or above in Spanish I/French I/German I to show readiness for second year Science "B" or above in Algebra I to show readiness for Biology; "B" or above in Algebra II to show readiness for Physics; "B" or above in Biology to show readiness for Advanced Biology. Mathematics "C" or above in Algebra I to show readiness for Algebra II; "B" or above in Algebra II to show readiness for Pre-Calculus; "B" or above in Pre-Calculus to show readiness for Calculus. CORE OPTIONS AND ELECTIVES FINE ARTS LANGUAGE ARTS MATHEMATICS SCIENCE Art I, Art II Honors English II Pre-Calculus, Calculus Advanced Biology Chorus I AP Literature/Comp Honors Geometry or Alg 2 Honors Biology Handbells, Ensemble Mock Trial Math Theory & App. Advanced Chemistry Drama I, II SOCIAL STUDIES PRACTICAL ARTS Honors Chemistry Musical and Spring Play Honors U.S. History Chapel Planning, Computer Physics Chapel Planning (conditionally) Honors Government Graphics, Film Studies, Summer Science/Humanities Yearbook (conditionally) Student Council/Leadership Development Film Studies (conditionally) Introduction to Psychology COMMUNITY SERVICE (Service hours required to move to next grade and to graduate) Freshman - 18 hours Sophomore - 21 hours Junior - 25 hours Senior - 30 hours (Accomplished via Sr. Expo.)
4 Serving the Tucson Community since 1986 Desert Christian High School Discipling young people to make a difference in their world College Admission Profile The mission of Desert Christian Schools is to disciple students in partnership with Christian families while providing a biblically integrated traditional liberal arts education, so that they will mature spiritually, develop a biblical worldview, and be academically prepared to impact their world for Christ Accreditation: Association of Christian Schools International North Central Association of Colleges & Schools Members: Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Christian Schools International (CSI) Awards: 2 time winner: Director s Cup (AIA Top School Award for Arizona) USA Weekend (top musical theatre in state) Student Body: 175 students in grades 9-12 Approximately 50 churches represented National Merit Scholars (Since 2005) 4 National Merit finalists 2 National Hispanic Recognition students 4 National Merit commended students SAT/ACT Mean Scores Class of 2013: DCHS students consistently outrank state and national averages in the SAT and ACT. SAT (each section out of 800) SAT Critical reading: 548 SAT Math: 526 SAT Writing: 536 ACT (each section out of 36) ACT English: 23.5 ACT Math: 22.5 ACT Reading: 23.4 ACT Science: 22.3 ACT Composite: 23.0 Class of 2013 College Attendance: College attendance: 95% Four year college attendance: 76% Two year college attendance: 18% Grading System (as of Fall 2012): A = D = B = F = Below 60 C = Class Ranking: Desert Christian does not rank students. Graduation Requirements: Desert Christian requires students to earn 26 credits (1 credit=1 full year class); to receive a diploma students must fulfill the following: Bible English Foreign Language Fine Arts Health/P.E Mathematics Public Speaking Science Social Science Senior EXPO Electives 4 credits 4 credits 2 credits 1 credit 1 credit 4 credits 0.5 credit 3 credits 4 credits 0.25 credit 2 credits Graduation with Honor With a minimum GPA of 3.60: 5 Honors/Advanced classes, 2 departments 4 science OR 5 math OR 3 year s language Minimum 28 credits Graduation with Distinction With a minimum GPA of 3.80: 6 Honors/Advanced classes, 3 departments 5 science OR 5 math OR 3 year s language Minimum 29 credits Honors Courses: Honors English available for qualifying students in 10 th grade AP Literature/Composition for qualifying students in 11 th or 12 th grades Honors-level work available in certain math, science and history courses Administration Headmaster John O Hair Principal Jon Self Assistant Principal Meg Chandler Faculty Support Guidance Counselor Linda Self Athletic Director Cindy Riley Contact Information Telephone Fax School CEEB Code
5 Academic Curriculum: Language Arts English 1,2,3,4; Honors English 2; AP English 3,4; Public Speaking Foreign Languages Spanish 1,2,3; French 1,2; German 1,2; Latin 1,2; Arabic 1,2; Chinese 1,2 Sciences Environmental Science, Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Advanced Biology; Advanced Chemistry Mathematics Algebra 1,2; Honors Alg 2; Geometry; Honors Geo; Math Theory & Application; Pre-calculus; Calculus, Advanced Calculus Social Sciences Western Civilization 1,2; United States History; American Government/Economics Fine Arts Art 1,2; Choral Ensemble; Hand bells; Drama 1,2; Musical Theatre; Performance Drama, Film Studies Bible/Theology Old Testament; New Testament; Christian Perspectives; Christian Living Physical Education Health; Introduction to PE; Independent PE; Weighttraining Practical Arts Yearbook; Chapel Planning Senior Expo Project All seniors are required to complete a minimum of 30 hour project in order to graduate. Three types available: o Internship o o Thesis Leadership project involving community service and personal growth Dual Enrollment Courses: Students may earn college credit through coursework completed during senior year Faculty and Staff: 19 full and part-time teachers, Arizona state certified & ACSI certified 4 full and part-time support personnel Hundreds of parent and community volunteers Graduates in Military Service: 55 who have served or are serving 14 Service Academy appointments 9 ROTC scholars Varied Co- and Extra-curricular programs: An acclaimed Performing Arts program: Musical Theatre and Drama (performed at the Tucson Community Center Leo Rich Theatre); Choral Ensemble; Hand Bells Humanities and Sciences Interdisciplinary Program in San Diego/Tucson/Central California Athletic teams compete in the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A Central Region: Girls Boys Swimming Swimming Volleyball Soccer Basketball Basketball Softball Baseball Soccer Volleyball Tennis Tennis Track Track Golf Special Interest Clubs and Activities: National Honor Society Student Council Shakespeare Festival International Thespian Society Mock Trial Scuba Diving Club Marine Biology Yearbook Community art displays Foreign Exchange Students: Accredited by U.S. Homeland Security for Foreign Exchange Student Visa Program. Hosted students from: Argentina Turkey China Russia Germany South Korea Iraq Sweden Schools recent graduates attended: Academy of Art University, Arizona Christian University, Arizona State University, Azusa Pacific, Biola University, California Baptist University, Boston University, California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo, Calvin College, Dordt College, Emerson College, Gordon College, Grand Canyon University, Hillsdale College, Le Tourneau University, Northern Arizona University, Otis College of Art & Design, Pima Community College, Point Loma Nazarene University, Seattle Pacific University, Trinity International University, Trinity Christian College, University of Arizona, University of San Diego, U.S.A.F. Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, Vanguard University, Westmont College, Wheaton College.
6 DESERT CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Anticipated Student Fees (Co-Curricular Time Allocation on reverse side) There are a variety of student fees other than tuition and the annual enrollment and registration fees. These fees vary, depending on a student's schedule and chosen interests. Though no guarantee of being totally inclusive, or exactly accurate, we have attempted to put together an approximation of student fees to assist in your financial planning. All fees are based on school year expenses. Expenses will be added on your family monthly tuition statement. Please note: If, at any time, you need assistance with meeting an obligation related to a student's fee, please contact me. I understand well the burden and sometimes untimeliness of such fees, and I am always grateful for an opportunity to look and plan ahead. BY CLASS Sincerely, Jon R. Self FRESHMAN SOPHOMORE JUNIOR SENIOR * See Below Book covers (AUG) PLAN (test) (OCT) * See Below (varies) N/C Book covers (AUG) PSAT/NMSQT (OCT) * See Below (varies) N/C S.A.L.T. N/C (Senior Attitude/Leadership Trng) Cap & Gown Senior pictures Announcements (optional) Senior trip * CLASSROOM FEES Science field trips (1-2) $ (each) Marine Biology Class trip N/C- included as part of tuition Drama/Musical Theatre (per production) * See Below Choir/Ensemble CPR & First Aid (Health) (Optional) Honors Books Sophomore $40-$50 Junior & Senior $70-$80 Locker $ 5.00 * OPTIONAL ACTIVITY FEES School lunches (daily) Snow Ski Trip (FEB) Thespian Society Jr/Sr Spring Formal (APRIL) School Pictures (package prices vary) School Clubs (varies) Retreat activity fees $2-$20 depending activity chosen Homeroom T-shirts $7.00-$10.00 (not all Homerooms create t-shirts) Yearbook $25.00 * ATHLETIC FEES ALL athletes - Physical exam (cost determined by individual physician or health care plan) Sport fee includes transportation fee Girls Volleyball (AUG) Soccer (AUG) NOTE: Tournaments, long distance games, and Swimming (AUG) Post-season playoffs may incur additional expenses including Basketball (ALL) (OCT) lodging, meals, etc. Golf (FEB) Softball/Baseball (FEB) Track (FEB) Tennis (FEB) Boys Volleyball (FEB) Travel Meals -- $7.00 per away game Personal Equipment varies per sport & personal taste
7 Desert Christian High School Co-Curricular Time Allocation While believing that Co-Curricular Activities, such as performing arts and athletics can greatly enrich a student's high school experience, it is also recognized that such involvement entails a major commitment of time and energy. In order to assist families in their responsibility to consider the costs ahead of time (Luke 14:28-32), the following general guidelines are provided to help you assess co-curricular time demands: DRAMA (Musical Theatre specifics are outlined for parents on the Back to School night in August. This is only a VERY general estimate of time commitment. Performance season (generally about a 16-week commitment) 7th hour class Semester 1 Daily after school practice (approx. 2-4 hrs) - varies according to role - increases with proximity to performance; Saturday rehearsals - varies according to role - increases with proximity to performance mandatory Performance Week - 2 days technical rehearsal at theatre (approx. noon - 11 pm) - Dress rehearsal 3:30 11 pm performances downtown at Leo Rich Theatre (3 evenings, 2 matinees) Stage Crew 3-4 weeks prior 2 hours after school Building set the weekend before Techs & Dress Rehearsal (see above) Downtown for all rehearsals and shows (see above) ENSEMBLE Regularly-scheduled courses Ensemble -- one semester classes Handbells Extra rehearsals may be called for by the director when preparing for special events Groups may make local performances from time to time Out of town competitions (spring) Possible festival competition/performances ATHLETICS Sport Season (generally about a 12-week commitment) 3-4 weeks preparation for competition - usually from 3:00-5:30 (except basketball) - some Saturday practices 8-10 weeks of competition + post-season for Varsity teams - practices Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (3:00-5:30) (3 times a week) - games on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday (VB Tue/Thur/Sat) Travel time - local games will involve about 1 hour travel plus 2 1/2 hr game - out of town games involve 5-8 hrs travel time plus game time - some out of town trips may be overnight (tournaments, etc.) SPECIAL ELECTIVES Scuba Club 1 per semester trip to ocean as scheduled Student Council Two Zero Hours a week, extra evenings and Saturdays for Homecoming, Winter Dance, other special events. Senior Expo-(Required in order to participate in graduation) 1 st Quarter: 1 to several hours (avg 5), contacting mentor for possible projects (keeping with it until worked out), meeting with committee to get approval, document writing. 2 nd -3 rd Quarter: minimum req 30 hours (often more, but subs for senior community service). 4 th Quarter: Portfolio s/presentation Prep, 5 to many hours (avg 10). Advanced Biology 5 day trip over Spring Break (Palm Sunday Thursday) National Honor Society weekly meetings, community service (depends on each years projects)
8 DESERT CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL APPEARANCE AND DRESS CODE ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO DRESS NEATLY AND MODESTLY AT ALL TIMES! Dress in a way that is not distracting and does not call undue attention to yourself. In our community of grace our desire is not to be legalistic; our desire is for all students to honor the body of Christ with their appearance by dressing in a manner that is appropriate for a school environment. GENERAL GUIDELINES for both BOYS and GIRLS: 1. Students are to practice good personal hygiene and all attire is to be clean and neat. 2. Clothing may not be indecent, torn, or ragged. Cut-off denim that falls within these guidelines may be worn. 3. Proper underwear and undergarments are to be worn at all times and must not be visible. 4. Attire depicting or promoting illegal or inappropriate activities, or communicating sexually suggestive, vulgar, crass, or sacrilegious messages will not be allowed. 5. Hats, bandannas, athletic headbands, and sunglasses are not to be worn in the classroom. 6. Baseball-style caps are to be worn with the bill forward only and not inside a building. 7. Hair is to be cut and styled so that both eyes are visible at all times. Hair styles that draw undue attention or are distracting are not allowed. 8. Lounge or pajama wear, athletic shorts, warm-ups, and boxer shorts are not proper school attire. 9. Shoes and sandals are to be kept on at all times. 10. Tattoos are discouraged, but if worn must not be visible. 11. The only visible "pierced" jewelry allowed is earrings on girls. 12. Make up (including nail polish) may be used in moderation by girls and not at all by boys. 13. Professional Dress Days: These days are not intended to be a fashion show, rather an opportunity for students to dress in attire they would wear for a job interview. Specifically for BOYS: 1. Tank tops and sleeveless shirts are not allowed. 2. Shirts may be untucked, unless excessively long. 3. Pants are to be fitted properly (not too tight or too baggy) and are to be worn at the waist. 4. Shorts may be worn; however they must meet the same fitting requirements as long pants (#3). 5. Hair is to be well-groomed, and styled so that both eyes are visible at all times. 6. Boys are to be neatly shaven (allowing for trimmed beards). Scraggly, unkempt whiskers will not be permitted. 7. Professional Dress Days: A collared dress shirt (which buttons completely down the front), a cloth tie, and long dress pants are to be worn. Dress shoes and dress socks (no short socks) are the appropriate footwear; no boots or athletic shoes are allowed. Top shirt buttons must be buttoned, all shirts must be tucked in, and ties must be neatly knotted over the top button throughout the ENTIRE day. Not allowed: Denim pants or jackets, sweatshirts, short socks, boots, athletic shoes or flip flops (of any kind).
9 Specifically for GIRLS: 1. Dresses and skirts must at least come to the top of the knee or longer (even with leggings). 2. Slits in skirts and dresses must be no higher than the top of the knee. 3. Shorts may be no higher than 4 above the top of the knee. 4. Skirts, shorts, and pants should not be excessively tight and should allow for freedom of movement. 5. Tight, sheer, halter, spaghetti, strapless, off the shoulder or low-cut (cleavage revealing) tops and dresses are not to be worn. 6. Attire which resembles undergarments (i.e. camisoles) is not appropriate as outer garments. 7. Sleeveless dresses and blouses may be worn provided they are at least 2 wide at the shoulder. 8. Blouses and tops must be long enough to cover midriffs and backs at all times, including when sitting, leaning forward, or raising arms. 9. Professional Dress Days: Girls are to wear dresses, skirts or dress pants with dress shoes. Not allowed: Split skirts, denim skirts, denim pants, denim jackets, khaki skirts or pants, sweatshirts, basic t-shirts, athletic shoes, and flip flops (of any kind). DRESS GUIDELINES ENFORCEMENT: While the school sees it as the entire school community s responsibility to support and uphold dress standards, enforcement of the standard will be up to school authorities (i.e. staff, teachers, administrators). Final determination as to whether a student is in compliance with dress guidelines rests solely with school authorities. In an effort to increase consistency in applying school dress standards, school authorities will no longer issue verbal warnings. New guidelines for dress code enforcement are as follows: If school authority deems a student to be out of dress code 1) The student will be given a written dress code violation and sent to the office. 2) Students have three options at this point: - Go home to change. - Call parents so that parents can bring a change of clothes. - Go to the Dress Code Closet during the next break in class and rent appropriate attire to be worn for the remainder of the day (student will also need to provide some form of small collateral keys, phone, wallet, etc. in order to insure that the rented item comes back at the end of the day). 3) Any class missed while acquiring or waiting for proper dress will be unexcused and will result in detentions in keeping with existing guidelines. If dress code violations become a recurrent problem for a student, further penalties may result, including but not limited to, wearing professional dress for a determined time, wearing a uniform consistent with the DCS Middle School uniform for a determined time, behavior contract issued for lack of respect for Desert Christian High School, suspension, or disenrollment. All that is necessary for a student to maintain the privilege of choice related to school attire is to exercise the freedom of choice responsibly. A good maxim might be When in doubt, don t, or Get approval in advance through the administration.
10 DESERT CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Faculty Profiles MRS. MEG CHANDLER B.S. Ed., University of Arizona 1990 (Major: Biology; Minor: Physics, Chemistry). M.S. Biology, University of Arizona Twenty-Third year at DCHS. Assistant Principal. Teacher of Advanced Biology, and of Biology. The Vineyard Christian Community. MR. MICHAEL COUSINEAU B.A., University of Arizona (Major: Philosophy; Minor: Math). M.A., University of Colorado 2012 (Philosophy). Secondary teaching credential, Pima Community College First year at Desert Christian High School. Teacher of English II and Health. Spouse: Ashley Cousineau. The Village Church. MR. JOSH DALTON B.F.A., University of Arizona (Major: Theatre Education; Minor: English education). DCHS alumnus, Class of Twelfth year at DCHS. Teacher of AP Literature & Composition, Government/Econ. Spouse: Cristina Dalton. DCES students: Clara Bella Dalton (5 th grade), Eden Dalton (1 st grade), Anya Dalton (1 st grade). Elements City Church. MRS. WENDY INGHAM B.A., University of Arizona (Major: French; Minor: History). Twenty-eighth year at DCHS. Teacher of French I, Western Civilization I and II, Language Lab Coordinator. Spouse: Rex Ingham. DCHS Alumni: Emily Ingham Willert (Class of 2000), Sarah Ingham Tocci (Class of 2002). Christ Community Church. MRS. STEPHANIE JOHNSON B.A., University of Arizona 2001(Psychology). M.A., University of Arizona 2004 (Special Education). Ed.D., Walden University 2010 (Teacher Leadership/Special Education). First year at DCHS. Director of Special Education. Spouse: Jay Johnson. Children: Jason and Jayden. St Pius X Catholic Church. MRS. RATNA KONKA Bachelor of Science, Nagarjuna University 1992 (Major: Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry). Bachelor of Education, Nagarjuna University (Major: Mathematics and Physical Science). Sixth year at DCHS. Teacher of Algebra II, Calculus, Pre-Calculus and Language Lab. Spouse: Brahmaiah Echuri. DCHS student: Harika Echuri (12 th grade). St. Joseph s Catholic Church. MR. STEVE LORD B.S., University of Arizona 1994 (Major: Exercise & Sport Science; Minor: Mathematics). Thirteenth year at DCS. Teacher of Algebra I, Geometry, Health, P.E. and Language Lab. Varsity Soccer Coach. Spouse: Linda Lord. DCHS Student: Jacen Lord (11 th grade), Mike Lord (9 th grade), Keegan Lord, Sam Lord. St. Paul s Methodist Church. MR. JOHN O'HAIR B.A., University of Arizona (Major: Education, History). M.A., University of Arizona (Secondary Education). Desert Christian Schools Headmaster. Nineteenth year at DCHS. Teacher of Senior Bible (Christian Living). Spouse: Susie O'Hair. DCHS Alumni: John O Hair (Class of 2000), Ross O Hair (Class of 2003). 28 years with The Navigators staff. The Vineyard Christian Community. MRS. SUSIE O'HAIR B.S., University of Arizona (Major: Child Development). M.S. Ed., University of Arizona (Education, Learning Disabilities). Thirteenth year at DCHS. Teacher of Old Testament and Library. Spouse: John O'Hair. DCHS Alumni: John O Hair (Class of 2000), Ross O Hair (Class of 2003). 28 years with The Navigators staff. The Vineyard Christian Community. MR. RAY PHILLIPS B.S., Northwestern College 1999 (Majors: Business Marketing, Bible). DCHS Alumnus, Class of Seventh year at DCHS. Teacher of Christian Perspectives, New Testament and Spiritual Life Advisor. Spouse: Amy Phillips (DCHS alumnus, Class of 2001). Christ Community Church. MRS. CINDY RILEY B.S. Ed., University of Arizona (Major: Physical Education). Twenty-eighth year at DCHS. Athletic Director. Spouse: Steve Riley. DCHS student: Kyle Riley (11 th grade). Pantano Christian Church. MR. JON SELF B.A., San Diego State University 1985 (Major: Sociology). B.A., California Baptist University 1988 (Major: Social Science and CA State Teaching Credential). M.A.Ed., Point Loma Nazarene University, (CA State Teaching Credential in Special Ed) Sixth year at DCHS Principal. Spouse: Linda Self. DCHS Alumni: Amie Self (Class of 2012), Breanne Self (Class of 2013), DCS K-8 student Nathan Self (8 th ). The Vineyard Christian Community.
11 MRS. LINDA SELF B.A., San Diego State University 1985 (Major: Sociology). M.S., California Baptist University 1989 (Major: Counseling Psychology). California State License in Marriage and Family Therapy Sixth year at DCHS. Guidance Counselor, Admissions Coordinator. DCHS Alumni: Amie Self (Class of 2012), Breanne Self (Class of 2013). DCS K-8 student: Nathan Self (8 th grade). Spouse: Jon Self. The Vineyard Christian Community. MRS. CATHY SIMON B.S., Kansas University (Major: English; Minor: Drama). Twenty-sixth year at DCHS. Teacher of English III, Public Speaking, Drama, Musical Theatre Director, Performance Drama Director. DCHS alumnus: Jaime Simon Perkins (Class of 1996). Pantano Christian Church. MR. MARK SIMPSON B.S., University of Arizona 2009 (Major: Aerospace Engineering). Secondary teaching credential in Mathematics Fourth year at DCHS. Teacher of Algebra, Math Apps, Pre-Calculus, Yearbook and Student Council Advisor. Christ Community Church. MRS. CINDYRAE STANG B.M Ed., University of Arizona, 1986 (Major: Music Education). Eleventh year at DCHS. Teacher of Hand bells, Musical Theatre Music Director. Spouse: Andy Stang. DCHS alumni: Courtney Stang (Class of 2010), Cameron Stang (Class of 2012). Music Director, Christ Community Church. Christ Community Church. MRS. GAIL STARING B.A., University of California Davis 1983 (Major: Exercise Physiology). Teaching credential in secondary mathematics Fourth year at DCHS. Teacher of Algebra II, Physics. Spouse: Chris Staring. DCHS Student: DCHS alumni: Felicia Staring (Class of 2006), Graydon Staring (Class of 2009), Emily Staring (Class of 2010), Derek Staring (Class of 2012), Elizabeth Staring. Northminster Presbyterian Church. MRS. CHRISTY VOELKEL B.A., Wheaton College 1980 (Biology, Psychology). M.Ed., Chapman College 1992 (Curriculum and Learning). Certified K-12, University of AZ (Reading Specialist), 2006 (Systems Thinking in Science), 2003 (Southern Arizona Writing Fellow), Eighth year at Desert Christian Schools, First year at Desert Christian High School; Teacher of English 1, Environmental Science Language Lab. Spouse: Alan Voelkel, Nicole Voelkel, DCHS alumni: Heather Voelkel Schaber (Class of 2002), Andrea Voelkel Kampfner (Class of 2004). Vineyard Christian Community. MR. JAY WINSLOW B.A., University of Arizona 1977 (Major: English). M.A., University of Arizona (Major: Rhetoric). Third year at DCHS. Teacher of English IV, Honors English II, U.S. History. Spouse: Regina Winslow. DCHS alumni: Colin Winslow (Class of 2004), Ben Winslow (Class of 2008), John Winslow (Class of 2013). The Vineyard Christian Community. MRS. KAREN YANES B. S., Bethany College M. S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute M.A. Ed., University of Arizona (Majors: Chemistry, Communication, Education). Nineth year at DCHS. Teacher of Advanced Chemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science. Spouse: Juan Yanes. DCHS Alumnus: Kaitlyn Yanes (Class of 2012), Eric Yanes (12 th grade). Northminster Presbyterian Church. Support Staff: Mrs. Carol McKee 9 th year Office Manager. Spouse: Steve McKee. DCHS Alumnus: David McKee (Class of 2007). Christ Community Church. Mrs. Mari Rotty 16 th year Information Technology Coordinator DCHS Alumni: Matthew Rotty (Class of 2001); Krystal Rotty Gonzales (Class of 2002). Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Treva Shipp 7 th year Athletic Secretary Spouse: Darryl Shipp. DCHS Alumni: Andrew Shipp (Class of 2003); Kevin Shipp (Class of 2007). Calvary Chapel. Mrs. Coleen Harting 5 th year Attendance Clerk, Receptionist Spouse: Mark Harting. Adam, DCHS Alumni: Daniel Harting (Class of 2007); Meghan Harting (Class of 2009). Calvary Chapel. Mrs. Julie Delfs 5 th year HS Receptionist, Headmaster Administrative Assistant Spouse: Brian Delfs. DCHS Alumni: Jennie Delfs (Class of 2008); Robert Delfs (Class of 2010), Nathan Delfs, Natalie Delfs. Pantano Christian Church
12 Desert Christian Schools SCHOLARSHIPS Description and Procedure Please Note SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES are generally in early March. Please check the IBE website for the most recent information. Desert Christian has several different scholarships available: Tuition Tax Credit Scholarships: These are available from several School Tuition Organizations (STO s). We primarily use the Institute for Better Educations (IBE). There are three types of scholarships available from IBE: Financial Need Based There is a small amount of general funds that are disbursed solely based on your financial need. Our scholarship committee will present our recommendations to IBE for the 14/15 school year. Procedure Applications due March 30 th 1. You must fill out the Individual Student Application (found at 2. Return the application to the school office or directly to IBE. 3. Additionally, Desert Christian will need a copy of your form. 4. If all this information does not give an accurate picture of your current or future financial situation you are encouraged to give the school a letter explaining your circumstances. Recommended Scholarships This is where YOU find donors to donate specifically to your child s tuition at any time during the year (not just December!). Procedure 1. You fill out the same Individual Student application available on IBE s website, If you filled out the application for Financial Needs Based you do not need to do this again. 2. Return directly to IBE not the school PLUS Scholarships This is similar to the Recommended Scholarship. If folks have already donated their $1,034 (limit for married couples) they can now donate an additional $1,028 to this PLUS scholarship fund! See the IBE website for more information. These funds are also decided at the same time as the Financial Need Based funds. They have the same eligibility requirements as Corporate Scholarships: o New students coming from public school o New Kindergarten students o Dependent of active military stationed in Arizona o Foster/adopted children. Please see IBE s website for requirements. o Children with disabilities. Please see IBE s website for requirements. o Previous Corporate and Displaced/Disabled Award recipients Procedure - Applications due March 30 th 1. The PLUS application is now part of the Individual application. Follow the same procedure for Financial Need based or Recommended scholarships. Application available at
13 Corporate & Displaced/Disabled Scholarships These funds are donated by corporations for Desert Christian to IBE. These funds are also decided at the same time as the Financial Need Based funds. They are only available to: o New students coming from public school o New Kindergarten students o Dependent of active military stationed in Arizona o Foster/adopted children. Please see IBE s website for requirements. o Children with disabilities. Please see IBE s website for requirements. o Previous Corporate and Displaced/Disabled Award recipients Procedure - Applications due March 30 th. Yes you must re-apply every year to maintain your eligibility! 1. Fill out the Corporate and/or Disabled/Displaced form available at 2. Return the application to the school office or directly to IBE. There are several other STO s with slightly different application processes. Our advice is to hunt them down online and try applying. You can contact Leslie Hatch in the Business Office if you would like a place to start. In House Scholarship Funds: These funds are dispensed at the discretion of the individual schools principals. They are generally reserved for families who are facing a temporary financial difficulty and are not guaranteed from year to year. Procedure 1. To apply for these funds you need to write a letter to your child s principal explaining your need. 2. A copy of your would also be helpful. Scholarship amounts for will be determined this spring. These funds are limited, so when they are gone they are gone. Two things to remember: 1. Don t assume you will get the same amount you received this year 2. You need to have all your information to the school offices (or IBE) by March 30- so DON T PROCRASTINATE! If you have any questions, feel free to call Leslie Hatch at
14 Desert Christian High School Participation Options Parent Options All-school events: Retreat, publicity, mailings, shopper, drivers, chaperones Annual Fundraisers: Fall Banquet, Spring Walk/Run Athletic Events: gate keepers, score keepers, clock, snack bar workers, drivers Class events: Parent/Teacher Conferences, Awards Nights, Commencement, Baccalaureate, luncheons, festivals Computer input Facility maintenance Financial support Participate on Volunteer in Partnership (VIP): plan class events, Homecoming, Back to School Night, Grandparents Day, Spring Formal, fund-raising, Senior blessing lunch, Senior blessing faculty chapel Prayer Team Student Council Events: B.Y.O.M Barbeques, Sock Hop, game nights Test Proctoring: PSAT, PLAN Weekly volunteer: lunch server, lunch monitor, library aide, office aide Student Options Art: public exhibits, competitions, mentoring Athletics: FALL: Girls and Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Swimming WINTER: Basketball SPRING: Baseball, Softball, Track, Golf, Boys Volleyball, Tennis Chapel: worship team, chapel planning Drama/Musical Theatre International educational trips International short-term missions trips Mock Trial Music: choral, handbells National Honor Society: community service involvement Shakespeare Festival Scuba Diving Club Student Council: Spirit Week, B.Y.O.M Barbeques, Sock Hop, publicity, events Student Foreign Exchange Thespian Society Yearbook