Desert Ridge Academy

79-767 Ave. 39
Indio, CA 92203
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rank
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2.50 5 1 (2 reviews)
Desert Ridge Academy serves 1,407 students in grades 6-8.
Desert Ridge Academy placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 26% (which is lower than the California state average of 39%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 37% (which is lower than the California state average of 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is higher than the California state level of 23:1.
Minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

School Overview

Desert Ridge Academy's student population of 1,407 students has grown by 6% over five school years.
The teacher population of 49 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Total Students1,407 students
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Total Classroom Teachers49 teachers
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School Comparison

Desert Ridge Academy is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 9,602 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
The diversity score of Desert Ridge Academy is 0.32, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#6322 out of 9602 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
26%
39%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
37%
50%
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Student : Teacher Ratio29:123:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
1%
12%
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Hispanic
82%
54%
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Black
1%
5%
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White
11%
23%
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Hawaiian
n/a
1%
Two or more races
5%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.320.64
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Eligible for Free Lunch
62%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
9%
7%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameDesert Sands Unified School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to Desert Ridge Academy is Shadow Hills High School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School (2.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is James Monroe Elementary School (2.2 miles away)
Show me:
  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Indio Shadow Hills High School Math: 20% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: 9-12 | 2,100 students
    0.3 miles
    39-225 Jefferson St.
    Indio, CA 92201
    (760) 393-5400
    0.3 9-12 2,100
  • Indio James Monroe Elementary School Math: 78% | Reading: 74%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    Grades: K-5 | 660 students
    2.2 miles
    42-100 Yucca Ln.
    Indio, CA 92203
    (760) 772-4130
    2.2 K-5 660
  • Palm Desert Ronald Reagan Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 59%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    Grades: K-5 | 892 students
    2.4 miles
    39-800 Liberty Dr.
    Palm Desert, CA 92211
    (760) 772-0456
    2.4 K-5 892
  • Indio Carrillo Ranch Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 38% | Reading: 46%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    Grades: K-5 | 647 students
    2.8 miles
    43-775 Madison St.
    Indio, CA 92201
    (760) 238-9700
    2.8 K-5 647
  • La Quinta Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School Math: 31% | Reading: 44%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: 6-8 | 673 students
    2.8 miles
    43-495 Palm Royale Dr.
    La Quinta, CA 92253
    (760) 238-9710
    2.8 6-8 673

School Reviews

  2.50 out of 5  (2 reviews)
4  
Both of my kids have had tons of opportunities at this school. There are lots of activities and my kids avoid drama by eating lunch in teachers'' rooms with groups of friends.
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1  
This school needs to do something about the threats, that are going on the bulling, the fights, it only is going to get worse from here, if nothing is done about this. Our kids need to feel safe and protected in these public schools.
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