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Sister School

LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy


Please take the time to visit our sister school.  It was established in July 2007 and holds the highest API score in the High Desert.  Desert Trails Preparatory Academy is proud to be replicating the philosophy, mission, and concepts of this school.


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We are proud to announce that our charter petition has been approved by the San Bernardino County Board of Directors for 5 years beginning July 2016 - 2021.  Thank you to the County for believing in our program and congratulations DTPA families and scholars!



Debbie Tarver


We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for Transitional Kindergarten - 6th grade.    Transitional Kindergarten are for children who turn 5 between September 2, 2016 - December 2, 2016. 


For more information you may come into the office, call, or email Janice at

Family Testimonial

"I love, love, love the tutoring program.  I have 2 kids here and they have one on one help when they need it.  I also like that they wear uniforms and that they are very organized!" Geovannie and Jazzell S.; parent of 1 9-25-14

"I have a daughter in special education and I'm so satisfied with Desert Trails. Within the past year my daughter's reading level has jumped from a 16 to a 30.  I'm very please with this school. I feel like my children getting private school education for free. All of my kids learn so much. I love the fact that I'm aware of my children's education and how they are doing constantly, not last minute." Sonya R.; parent of 4; 9-25-14

If you have a testimonial you would like to share, please email the principal Mrs. Plantz: or see the REVIEW tab to the left.

Important Information Regarding Student Data

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Important Information Regarding Student Data


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School Activities and Events


May 9 - May 13 is National Staff Appreciation Week.  We encourage families to send a note to a DTPA staff member letting them know how they have impacted your child's education.


DTPA will be participating in the state Common Core assessments, Science assessments, and be completing our school-wide end of the year assessments from April 4, 2016 - May 13, 2016.  During this time, it is important to make sure that your child is at school and on time every day.



Preferred Meals is our food service provider. They are supplying Desert Trails Preparatory with our breakfast and lunch.  To find out what delicious food will be offered this week, please follow the link to their menu.  This link will also provide you with the nutrients for each day.

Please contact the office to complete a lunch application (one per household). You may also pre-pay your child's account in the office (cash only).  A notice will be sent home with your child as a reminder to reload their account when needed.

If you have any further questions regarding food services please contact the office; 760-530-7680.

Menu Link: Preferred Meals Menu


Desert Trails Preparatory Academy has a unique calendar.  We do not attend school on Fridays for the first half of the school year, then only until noon during the second half.  This is to honor family time and allow scholars a longer weekend to refresh and prepare for the next week of learning.  We also have an extended school year that begins the week after 4th of July and ends the week before Memorial Day.  This provides scholars with a shorter summer break averaging 7 weeks.  We have discovered that shorter summers allow scholars to retain more of the knowledge they learned in the prior year.  Finally, we run an extended day.  Our typical school day is 8:00a - 4:00p.  This gives scholars and teachers more minutes per day to achieve a deeper level of understanding of concepts. 


2015-2016 DTPA Calendar