Palm Desert High School

  • Palm Desert High School serves 1,986 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 35% (which is lower than the California state average of 38%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 80% (which is higher than the California state average of 48%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the California state level of 23:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the California state average of 76%.

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School Overview

  • Palm Desert High School's student population of 1,986 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 76 teachers has grown by 10% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,986 students
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Total Classroom Teachers76 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Palm Desert High School's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Palm Desert 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 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall School Rank#1360 out of 9,595 schools
(Top 20%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
35%
38%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
80%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio26:123:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
8%
11%
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Hispanic
45%
54%
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Black
2%
6%
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White
44%
24%
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Two or more races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.600.64
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Graduation Rate
96%
83%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
36%
49%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
8%
9%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameDesert Sands Unified School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Palm Desert High School is a secondary school located in Palm Desert, California. The school is a part of the Desert Sands Unified School District.
  • Palm Desert High School was founded in 1986. Many of Palm Desert High School Students come from Palm Desert Middle School. It offers many extra curricular activities, strong academics, and good sport programs.
  • Academics: Palm Desert High School is the top school in Riverside County, in terms of academics. It consisently has high standardized test scores, and a vast majority of its students attend some form of college. It offers a multitude of Advanced Placement and Honors courses.
  • Sports: Palm Desert's mascot is the Aztec. It has notable Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Baseball,Basketball, Football, and Water Polo teams. Its main rival is La Quinta High School.
  • Notable alumni: Alison Lohman - Actress. Josh Homme - Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, and Kyuss.

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