Although Hesperia Christian School has walked through the same financial lions den that's tossed the future or Apple Valley Christian School into uncertainty, the 46-year old school is in no danger of following in AVCS's footsteps.


Apple Valley Christian officials announced Wednesday that the school would close at the end of the current school year. (See www.VVDailyPress.com for the story.)


"Yeah, we're doing OK. But we understand exactly what they've gone through," Sharon Romero, director of operations at HCS, said Wednesday.


The school's enrollment is only half of what it was a few years ago, she said.


"We've dropped consistently every year, but this year is an increase over last year," Romero said, "so we're seeing enrollment increasing again."


The school's enrollment rose 20 students to 250 in the 2011-12 school year, she said.


"By God's grace, we're carrying through," Romero said.


If AVCS does indeed close its doors this year, it could mean some former Warriors will be trading their blue and gold for Patriot red and blue.


"Of course, we're just extremely sad about Apple Valley Christian. We just love that school," Romero said. "We would like enrollment to increase, but not that way."


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