Desert Sands Unified School District

For the 2021-22 school year, there are 34 public schools serving 28,708 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).
The top ranked public schools in Desert Sands Unified School District are James Monroe Elementary School, George Washington Charter and Gerald R. Ford Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking. Desert Sands Unified School District has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in California.
Minority enrollment is 81% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the California public school average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

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%)

Overview

School District Name
Desert Sands Unified School District
School District Website
School District Phone Number
School District Grades Offered
KG - 12
2018-2019 School Year Data
This School District
This State (CA)
# Schools
34 Schools
10,331 Schools
# Students
28,708 Students
6,193,432 Students
# Teachers
1,146 Teachers
264,585 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
25:1
25:1

District Rank

Desert Sands Unified School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 989 school districts in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 90% has increased from 88% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2018-2019 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (CA)
Overall District Rank
#901 out of 1942 school districts
(Top 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Desert Sands Unified  School District, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
35%
40%
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 2018-19 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
49%
51%
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 2018-19 school year data.
Graduation Rate
90%
84%
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 2018-19 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

Diversity Score
0.43
0.64
# American Indian Students
80 Students
32,922 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
1%
# Asian Students
806 Students
718,704 Students
% Asian Students
3%
12%
# Hispanic Students
21,058 Students
3,364,037 Students
% Hispanic Students
73%
54%
# Black Students
466 Students
337,146 Students
% Black Students
2%
5%
# White Students
5,440 Students
1,436,430 Students
% White Students
19%
23%
# Hawaiian Students
32 Students
28,735 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
1%
# Two or more races Students
826 Students
272,786 Students
% of Two or more races Students
3%
4%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
-
18
# Students in K Grade:
2,307
530,118
# Students in 1st Grade:
2,037
456,635
# Students in 2nd Grade:
1,933
454,067
# Students in 3rd Grade:
1,902
445,793
# Students in 4th Grade:
2,053
464,993
# Students in 5th Grade:
2,215
470,389
# Students in 6th Grade:
2,240
484,412
# Students in 7th Grade:
2,294
474,129
# Students in 8th Grade:
2,293
471,620
# Students in 9th Grade:
2,377
492,955
# Students in 10th Grade:
2,337
481,188
# Students in 11th Grade:
2,431
473,097
# Students in 12th Grade:
2,234
485,902
# Ungraded Students:
55
8,116

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $14,660 in this school district is less than the state median of $16,033. The school district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $15,042 is less than the state median of $16,124. The school district spending/student has grown by 7% over four school years.
This School District
This State (CA)
Total Revenue
$421 MM
$29 MM
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Spending
$432 MM
$29 MM
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Revenue / Student
$14,660
$16,033
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 2017-18 school year data.
Spending / Student
$15,042
$16,124
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 2017-18 school year data.

Best Desert Sands Unified School District Public Schools (2021-22)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
James Monroe Elementary School
Math: 78% | Reading: 77%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
(1)
42-100 Yucca Ln.
Indio, CA 92203
(760) 772-4130
Grades: K-5
| 660 students
Rank: #22.
George Washington Charter
Charter School
Math: 71% | Reading: 76%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
45-768 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4350
Grades: K-5
| 832 students
Rank: #33.
Gerald R. Ford Elementary School
Math: 61% | Reading: 69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
44-210 Warner Trail
Indian Wells, CA 92210
(760) 772-4120
Grades: K-5
| 759 students
Rank: #44.
James Earl Carter Elementary School
Math: 55% | Reading: 70%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
74-251 Hovley Ln. E.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4370
Grades: K-5
| 663 students
Rank: #55.
Martin Van Buren Elementary School
Math: 54% | Reading: 66%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
47-733 Van Buren St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3870
Grades: K-5
| 634 students
Rank: #66.
Amelia Earhart Elementary School Of International Studies
Math: 56% | Reading: 57%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
45-250 Dune Palms Rd.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 200-3720
Grades: K-5
| 904 students
Rank: #77.
Ronald Reagan Elementary School
Math: 52% | Reading: 59%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
39-800 Liberty Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 772-0456
Grades: K-5
| 892 students
Rank: #88.
Palm Desert Charter Middle School
Charter School
Math: 46% | Reading: 65%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
74-200 Rutledge Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4320
Grades: 6-8
| 1,408 students
Rank: #99.
Harry S. Truman Elementary School
Math: 49% | Reading: 58%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
78-870 Ave. 50
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 777-4240
Grades: K-5
| 672 students
Rank: #1010.
Palm Desert High School
Math: 34% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
74-910 Aztec Rd.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4300
Grades: 9-12
| 1,972 students
Rank: #1111.
Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Junior Academy
Magnet School
Math: 43% | Reading: 54%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
47-368 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-1544
Grades: K-5
| 722 students
Rank: #1212.
John Glenn Middle School Of International Studies
Math: 42% | Reading: 54%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
79-655 Miles Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 200-3700
Grades: 6-8
| 1,300 students
Rank: #1313.
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Math: 40% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
74-100 Rutledge Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4340
Grades: K-5
| 619 students
Rank: #1414.
La Quinta High School
Math: 30% | Reading: 57%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
79-255 W.ward Ho Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 772-4150
Grades: 9-12
| 2,691 students
Rank: #1515.
Carrillo Ranch Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 38% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
43-775 Madison St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 238-9700
Grades: K-5
| 647 students
Rank: #1616.
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
Math: 36% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
77-800 Calle Tampico
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9424
Grades: K-5
| 714 students
Rank: #1717.
Horizon
Alternative School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
43-330 Palm Royale Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9720
Grades: K-12
| 223 students
Rank: #1818.
Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School
Math: 36% | Reading: 43%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
44-640 Clinton St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-3680
Grades: K-5
| 570 students
Rank: #1919.
Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School
Math: 25% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
43-495 Palm Royale Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9710
Grades: 6-8
| 673 students
Rank: #2020.
Shadow Hills High School
Math: 19% | Reading: 52%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
39-225 Jefferson St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 393-5400
Grades: 9-12
| 2,100 students
Rank: #2121.
La Quinta Middle School
Math: 28% | Reading: 40%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
78-900 Ave. 50
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 777-4220
Grades: 6-8
| 563 students
Rank: #2222.
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School
Math: 33% | Reading: 33%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
83-200 Dr. Carreon Blvd.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3860
Grades: K-5
| 578 students
Rank: #2323.
Desert Ridge Academy
Math: 25% | Reading: 40%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
(2)
79-767 Ave. 39
Indio, CA 92203
(760) 393-5500
Grades: 6-8
| 1,407 students
Rank: #2424.
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 31% | Reading: 31%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
45-100 Clinton St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3840
Grades: K-5
| 497 students
Rank: #2525.
Andrew Jackson Elementary School
Math: 28% | Reading: 32%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
82-850 Kenner Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3830
Grades: K-5
| 606 students
Rank: #2626.
James Madison Elementary School
Math: 25% | Reading: 34%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
80-845 Ave. 46
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3850
Grades: K-5
| 540 students
Rank: #2727.
Indio High School
Magnet School
Math: 12% | Reading: 40%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
81-750 Ave. 46
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3550
Grades: 9-12
| 1,986 students
Rank: #2828.
Summit High (Continuation School)
Alternative School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
43-330 Palm Royale Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-9760
Grades: 10-12
| 292 students
Rank: #2929.
Herbert Hoover Elementary School
Math: 25% | Reading: 22%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
44-300 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3820
Grades: K-5
| 440 students
Rank: #3030.
Indio Middle School
Magnet School
Math: 12% | Reading: 28%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
81-195 Miles Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3800
Grades: 6-8
| 795 students
Rank: #3131.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Magnet School
Math: 12% | Reading: 22%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
83-089 Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-3660
Grades: 6-8
| 653 students
Rank: #3232.
Amistad High (Continuation School)
Alternative School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 10-14%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
83-501 Dillon Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3570
Grades: 9-12
| 221 students
83-391 Dillon Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 775-3810
Grades: K-5
| 474 students
50-800 Desert Club Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 777-4260
Grades: K-1
| 1 students

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: KG - 12
  • Students: 28,708 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 25:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 81%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 90% (Top 50% in CA)
  • Overall District Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 35% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 49% (Top 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.43

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