Desert Winds Continuation High School
Desert Winds Continuation High School serves 642 students in grades 9-12.
Desert Winds Continuation High School 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 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is ≤1% (which is lower than the California state average of 40%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 16% (which is lower than the California state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is lower than the California state level of 23:1.
Minority enrollment is 92% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 77% (majority Hispanic).
Desert Winds Continuation High School's student population of 642 students has declined by 5% over five school years.
The teacher population of 35 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
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Desert Winds Continuation High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 9,659 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Desert Winds Continuation High School is 0.60, 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 Data
State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#9539 out of 9659 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education
This school changed my life. Unfortunately it gets a bad rap for the simple fact that it is a continuation high school. I''d never change a thing. This school, the teachers, principal, guidance counselors, etc., helped me get my life back on track and realize the importance of an education when I had given up on myself. When parents are too busy to care and/or you''re on your own it was truly remarkable to have people who dedicate their lives to your future. DW did just that for me. I earned enough credits in my first of 2 years at DW to go back and graduate from QHHS but I chose to graduate from DW because I was PROUD to be a part of this school and I wanted to represent it by showing my pride being a DWHS graduate. They never gave up on me and I won''t give up on them and all of their hard work. I wasn''t going to give another school credit for everything this school gave me. Get over the stigma of this school, no harm admitting you had a bit of trouble or needed extra help. My life turned out amazing. I have a successful career, marriage & family 30+ years after graduating from here. This school made it possible. Sometimes it just takes a little extra help and people to believe in you and help see you through your goals.
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