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About  Us

DCS is a certified K -12 Private Day School approved by the Arizona Department of Education to provide Special Education Services for the following disability categories:  Autism (A), Emotional Disability (ED), Mild Intellectual Disability (MIID), Moderate Intellectual Disability (MOID), Other Health Impaired (OHI), Specific Learning Disability (SLD), and Speech-Language Impairment (SLI).

Desert Choice Schools (DCS) is an organization that is made up of Special Education Professionals dedicated to working with students with social/emotional and behavioral needs. However, our vast experience and expertise enables us to program for and meet the needs for an array of students with unique challenges.

Our Mission

Desert Choice Schools aspires to enhance the lives of students not only at school, but also in their home and community. At DCS, we foster a lifelong love of learning, responsible decision-making, and the development of caring, contributing members of our multi-cultural society.

Our Approach

Desert Choice Schools utilizes a highly-structured, school-wide Positive Behavioral Supports program that teaches students Academic, Social/Emotional Problem-Solving and Strategies. All DCS teachers and support personnel are trained in a unique methodology that assists students with maintaining Positive Choice-Making.

Our Partners

Desert Choice Schools is part of the Learn It family of companies, a national organization dedicated to helping all children succeed in school and life. Our partners include:

Autism Spectrum Therapies

DCS works closely with our sister organization Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) to support students with autism spectrum disorder. Founded in 2001, AST is one of the leading providers of ABA services for individuals in the country.

Learn It Systems

Learn It Systems partners with schools to support students with learning challenges and special needs. Learn It offers schools an array of customized, evidence-based programs that help children reach their educational goals.

Learn more about the Learn It family of companies.

Light Street Special Education Solutions

DCS works closely with our partner Light Street Special Education Solutions to provide supplemental special education and related services for our students with special needs. Founded in 2011, Light Street offers speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists and additional special education services to schools across the nation.