Desert Springs Christian Academy is a classical education school. It boasts a rigorous curriculum of the seven traditional liberal arts, as well as Latin, Logic, and Rhetoric. Students take seven credits per year and the school day operates on a traditional schedule with class times ranging from 50 minutes to 70 minutes. Students at Desert Springs take three sets of examinations each year. The examinations are cumulative and comprehensive. Students must earn a 70% on each exam before progressing further in the class. The final examination determines the student’s grade for the year. Extra credit is not given.
Desert Springs offers AP® courses to students in 9th – 12th grades. The courses offered are: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Latin (Virgil), Calculus A/B, United States History, and United States Government and Politics. Students are encouraged to pursue other AP® courses as an independent study and a faculty member is assigned to guide those endeavors.
In order to graduate from Desert Springs Christian Academy, students must attend one year of Teenpact Leadership School, take a course on Personal Finance, be trained in CPR, compete in one oratory competition, and take the National Latin Exam annually. Additionally, Seniors at Desert Springs are required to write a senior thesis using Quintilian’s six parts of arrangement. They must present their findings, employing Cicero’s five canons of rhetoric, to their peers and defend their work to a panel of judges.