Desert Sands Unified School District

47-950 Dune Palms Rd.
La Quinta, CA 92253-4000
(District boundaries shown in map)
Rating
7/
10
Top 50%

Top Rankings

Desert Sands Unified School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in California for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2023 school year, there are 34 public schools serving 26,980 students in Desert Sands Unified School District. This district's average testing ranking is 6/10, which is in the top 50% of public schools in California.
Public Schools in Desert Sands Unified School District have an average math proficiency score of 35% (versus the California public school average of 40%), and reading proficiency score of 49% (versus the 51% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 83% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the California public school average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

2020-2021 School Year Data
This School District
This State (CA)
# Schools
34 Schools
10,296 Schools
# Students
26,980 Students
5,953,047 Students
# Teachers
1,090 Teachers
264,842 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
25:1
25:1

District Rank

Desert Sands Unified School District, which is ranked #882 of all 1,873 school districts in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-2021 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 91% has increased from 89% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (CA)
Overall District Rank
#451 out of 1200 school districts
(Top 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Desert Sands Unified  School District, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
31%
34%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Desert Sands Unified  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
56%
49%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Desert Sands Unified  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Graduation Rate
91%
85%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Desert Sands Unified  School District and public school graduation rate of CA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

Diversity Score
0.42
0.63
# American Indian Students
52 Students
28,347 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
n/a
# Asian Students
747 Students
702,454 Students
% Asian Students
3%
12%
# Hispanic Students
20,117 Students
3,303,290 Students
% Hispanic Students
75%
56%
# Black Students
400 Students
306,607 Students
% Black Students
1%
5%
# White Students
4,610 Students
1,290,657 Students
% White Students
17%
22%
# Hawaiian Students
19 Students
25,750 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
1,035 Students
294,072 Students
% of Two or more races Students
4%
5%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
-
-
# Students in K Grade:
1,918
458,234
# Students in 1st Grade:
1,828
423,255
# Students in 2nd Grade:
1,853
429,448
# Students in 3rd Grade:
1,858
436,256
# Students in 4th Grade:
2,010
444,008
# Students in 5th Grade:
1,882
446,301
# Students in 6th Grade:
1,940
437,800
# Students in 7th Grade:
2,135
457,732
# Students in 8th Grade:
2,239
465,149
# Students in 9th Grade:
2,353
499,437
# Students in 10th Grade:
2,327
493,491
# Students in 11th Grade:
2,302
477,411
# Students in 12th Grade:
2,335
484,525
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $15,599 in this school district is less than the state median of $19,734. The school district revenue/student has grown by 6% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $16,005 is less than the state median of $19,832. The school district spending/student has grown by 6% over four school years.
This School District
This State (CA)
Total Revenue (19-20)
$421 MM
$29 MM
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Spending (19-20)
$432 MM
$29 MM
This chart display total spending of Desert Sands Unified  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$15,599
$19,734
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Desert Sands Unified  School District and median value from average revenue per public school student of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Spending / Student
$16,005
$19,832
This chart display average spending per public school student in Desert Sands Unified  School District and median value from average spending per public school student of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Best Desert Sands Unified School District Public Schools (2023)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
George Washington Charter
Charter School
Math: 52% | Reading: 66%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
45-768 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4350
Grades: K-5
| 721 students
Rank: #22.
Palm Desert High School
Math: 42% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
74-910 Aztec Rd.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4300
Grades: 9-12
| 2,129 students
Rank: #33.
Desert Ridge Academy
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
79-767 Ave. 39
Indio, CA 92203
(760) 393-5500
Grades: 6-8
| 1,059 students
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Gerald R. Ford Elementary School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
44-210 Warner Trail
Indian Wells, CA 92210
(760) 772-4120
Grades: K-5
| 660 students
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
La Quinta Middle School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
78-900 Ave. 50
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 777-4220
Grades: 6-8
| 756 students
Rank: #66.
La Quinta High School
Math: 31% | Reading: 65%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
79-255 Blackhawk Way
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 772-4150
Grades: 9-12
| 2,511 students
Rank: #77.
Horizon
Alternative School
Math: 20-29% | Reading: 70-79%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
43-330 Palm Royale Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9720
Grades: K-12
| 259 students
Rank: #88.
Shadow Hills High School
Math: 30% | Reading: 53%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
39-225 Jefferson St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 393-5400
Grades: 9-12
| 1,991 students
Rank: #99.
Indio High School
Math: 15% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
81-750 Ave. 46
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3550
Grades: 9-12
| 2,074 students
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
43-495 Palm Royale Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9710
Grades: 6-8
| 596 students
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
John Glenn Middle School Of International Studies
Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
79-655 Miles Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 200-3700
Grades: 6-8
| 1,167 students
Rank: #1212.
Summit High (Continuation)
Alternative School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
43-330 Palm Royale Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9760
Grades: 10-12
| 211 students
Rank: #1313.
Amistad High (Continuation)
Alternative School
Math: ≤10% | Reading: ≤10%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
83-501 Dillon Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3570
Grades: 9-12
| 216 students
Rank: n/an/a
74-100 Rutledge Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4340
Grades: K-5
| 620 students
45-250 Dune Palms Rd.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 200-3720
Grades: K-5
| 762 students
Rank: n/an/a
82-850 Kenner Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3830
Grades: K-5
| 668 students
Rank: n/an/a
77-800 Calle Tampico
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9424
Grades: K-5
| 571 students
Rank: n/an/a
43-775 Madison St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 238-9700
Grades: K-5
| 549 students
Rank: n/an/a
47-368 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-1544
Grades: K-5
| 629 students
Rank: n/an/a
78-870 Ave. 50
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 777-4230
Grades: K-5
| 664 students
Rank: n/an/a
44-300 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3820
Grades: K-5
| 374 students
Rank: n/an/a
Indio Middle School
81-195 Miles Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3800
Grades: 6-8
| 772 students
Rank: n/an/a
74-251 Hovley Ln. E.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4370
Grades: K-5
| 551 students
Rank: n/an/a
50-800 Desert Club Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 775-3850
Grades: K-5
| 423 students
Rank: n/an/a
42-100 Yucca Ln.
Indio, CA 92203
(760) 772-4130
Grades: K-5
| 635 students
50-800 Desert Club Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 777-4260
Grades: K-1
| n/a students
Rank: n/an/a
45-100 Clinton St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3840
Grades: K-5
| 430 students
Rank: n/an/a
44-640 Clinton St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-3680
Grades: K-5
| 561 students
Rank: n/an/a
47-733 Van Buren St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3870
Grades: K-5
| 570 students
Rank: n/an/a
Palm Desert Charter Middle School
Charter School
74-200 Rutledge Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4320
Grades: 6-8
| 1,372 students
Rank: n/an/a
41-633 Gore St.
Indio, CA 92203
(760) 834-3231
Grades: K-5
| 602 students
Rank: n/an/a
39-800 Liberty Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 772-0456
Grades: K-5
| 823 students
Rank: n/an/a
83-200 Dr. Carreon Blvd.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3860
Grades: K-5
| 483 students
Rank: n/an/a
83-089 Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-3660
Grades: 6-8
| 571 students

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • District size: 34 schools
  • Grades: K-12
  • Enrollment: 26,980 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 25:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 83%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 91% (Top 50% in CA)
  • Overall District Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 31% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 56% (Top 30%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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